2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Draft Day Reset

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It is draft day for the Patriots – who will they be targeting? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

It’s draft day, which means that it’s time to take a quick look at what the Patriots may be doing on draft day; read on for a look at New England’s selections, the top decision-makers in their war room, and profiles of possible draft and trade targets, then be sure to check back throughout the draft for additional NEPD content.

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New England’s 2013 draft selections:

1.29.

2.59.

3.91.

7.226. (from Chicago through Tampa Bay)

7.235.

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Potential first-round trade options:

Potential trade down scenarios have been profiled earlier here, and potential trade up scenarios have been profiled earlier here.

Potential first-day draft targets:

DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida St.

Although he appears unlikely to last until New England’s first-round draft pick, Cornellius Carradine is a prospect to keep an eye on, as he would provide an ideal bookend to 2012 first-round pick Chandler Jones. At 6’4” and 276 pounds, with 34 ¾” arms, Carradine is one of the most physically imposing pass rushers in the class; Carradine recorded 36 tackles (eight for loss) and 5.5 sacks with the Seminoles as a rotational player in 2011 before recording 80 tackles (thirteen for loss) and eleven sacks in 2012 before tearing his ACL in the regular season finale.

CB Jamar Taylor, Boise St.

Jamar Taylor could very well be New England’s selection if he lasts until #29, although that seems unlikely considering the amount of interest he’s receiving from teams such as Atlanta and Denver in the same draft range. A team captain with plenty of experience, Taylor also possesses the physical tools New England looks for in the position; he ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash and posted impressive numbers in the three-cone drill (6.82 seconds), shuttle (4.06 seconds), and bench press (22 reps) as well.

CB Desmond Trufant, Washington

My selection for New England in my final 2013 mock draft, Trufant, like Taylor, is an experienced, confident cornerback who projects as a pro starter. He is slightly bigger than Taylor, with similar speed (4.38 seconds) and a superior time in the shuttle drill (3.85 seconds.) Trufant’s brothers Marcus and Isaiah are current NFL players, which should make Trufant’s bloodlines appealing as well. Like Taylor, Trufant has a realistic shot at being off the board by the time New England picks.

Potential second-day draft targets:

WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

Patton was a two-year starter for the Bulldogs, catching 78-1,202-11 (15.4) with the team in 2011 and increasing his production to 104-1,392-13 (13.4) in 2012. At 6’0” and 204 pounds, he has the size to play outside, and his intriguing speed (4.48), agility (6.91), and explosiveness (4.01) should earn him a spot in the mid-to-late second round. Patton is quick out of his breaks and is equally impressive as a deep threat and at tracking the ball. He could project as either a split end or flanker.

WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon St.

Wheaton’s draft stock is volatile; he could be selected at any point between the late first round and the late second round due to the depth of the wide receiver class. He would not be a reach for New England in the first round, but they may be able to land him at some point in the second round as well. If drafted, Wheaton would provide a deep threat who could play both inside and outside, as well as contribute on reverses and as a punt returner. His size (5’11”, 189 pounds) and strength (20 reps) have been underrated throughout the process.

CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut

An extremely intelligent player who reportedly scored a 33 on the Wonderlic, Wreh-Wilson seems like a perfect match for New England’s organization. Head coach Bill Belichick was in attendance at Connecticut’s pro day to see Wreh-Wilson post a 40-yard dash time in the 4.3 second range, a substantial improvement over his 4.5-second time at the Combine. Wreh-Wilson also has impressive size (6’1”, 195), agility (6.97), and explosiveness (4.12); he can play either man or zone coverage and is active in run support as well.

Potential third-day draft targets:

WR Mark Harrison, Rutgers

Harrison wasn’t incredibly productive at Rutgers, catching just 44 passes for 583 yards and six touchdowns in 2012, but represents an interesting late-round investment if available. New England has looked into Harrison already, who possesses an incredible combination of size (6’3”, 231 pounds), length (35” arms), speed (4.37), and leaping ability (38.5” vertical jump.) His problems with drops and lack of polish could cause him to slide to the sixth or seventh round on draft day.

DT Kapron Lewis-Moore, Notre Dame

New England is deep at defensive tackle, but they could still opt to bring in additional competition in the form of a player such as Notre Dame’s Kapron Lewis-Moore, who played five-technique defensive end for the Irish but could also potentially play the three-technique tackle spot in an even alignment. He has intriguing size at 6’4” and 298 pounds, and recorded six sacks and nine hurries last season. Lewis-Moore currently has a torn ACL, so the Patriots may be able to place him on the PUP list to begin the season.

CB Micah Hyde, Iowa

Micah Hyde has been projected as both a zone-coverage cornerback and a free safety during the pre-draft process, versatility which could appeal to Bill Belichick. In New England, Hyde would likely serve as a reserve cornerback on the outside who could prevent Devin McCourty from having to slide back to the position in case of injury. Hyde’s size (6’0”, 197 pounds), speed (4.52 seconds), and agility (6.78 in the three-cone drill) have been underrated during the draft process. He projects as a fifth or sixth-round choice.

New England’s draft-day decision-makers:

Head Coach Bill Belichick

As New England’s head coach and decision-maker, Bill Belichick is easily the most influential voice in the war room. Belichick likes to target seniors and team captains with all-conference accolades from major programs; his decisions are also heavily influenced by size and movement skills, in particular the three-cone drill. Under Belichick, the Patriots have targeted a disproportionately high volume of tight ends, offensive linemen, interior defensive linemen, and defensive backs.

Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio

Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio, is probably the second-most influential member of New England’s war room. He has occupied that position within the organization since 2008, although he has been with New England in some capacity since 2001. A former collegiate quarterback, Patriots area scout, and wide receivers coach, Caserio is well-versed in every aspect of football.

Director of College Scouting Jon Robinson

Jon Robinson became New England’s Director of College Scouting in 2009 after serving as an area scout, regional scout, and Assistant Director of College Scouting from 2002-2008. He comes from a mathematical background and oversees New England’s college scouting program, meaning he will have a valuable level of familiarity with potential draft targets.

Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels holds some sway over New England’s decision making, as he will be responsible for integrating any offensive players drafted into the organization. In two seasons as Denver Broncos head coach, McDaniels was responsible for a number of draft-day misfires including Knowshon Moreno (first round, 2009), Alphonso Smith (second round, 2009), Darcel McBath (second round, 2009), and Richard Quinn (second round, 2009), although he was also responsible for drafting star wide receivers Demariyus Thomas and Eric Decker in 2010.

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12 Responses to “2013 NFL Draft: Patriots Draft Day Reset”

  1. Jim R says:

    Draft starts for the Pats on Friday…….

  2. MaineMan says:

    It seems to me that BB’s goals for his early picks are (in no particular order)
    - getting more pressure from the interior DL without sacrificing run-defense
    - acquiring a very good press-man corner who can step in at starter for Talib in 2014
    - acquiring at least one WR who can immediately play significant snaps as a reliable target for Brady (raw, developmental types can be had later)

    He could take an edge-rusher, but it seems to me that the pass-rush “weakness” is on the interior.

    He could also take another developmental coverage safety to upgrade over Gregory.

    He could also take a very good blocking TE who can catch a little to add some depth.

    And Scar is always happiest when he has a couple no-name OL from the later rounds who he can magically turn into ProBowlers.

    LB is pretty far down the list at this point, IMHO.

  3. AM says:

    Other than Wreh-Wilson, all great targets (I don’t know much about Lewis-Moore).

    At this point, my ideal draft (in order of preference) would be:

    One DB out of: Desmond Trufant, Jamar Taylor, D.J. Hayden, Johnthan Banks, Robert Alford

    Two WRs out of: DeAndre Hopkins, Aaron Dobson, Markus Wheaton, Keenan Allen, Quinton Patton, Josh Boyce, Kenny Stills

    Two developmental players out of: Cameron Lawrence, Jared Smith, Josh Boyd, Brodrick Brown, Mark Harrison, MarQueis Gray, DeVonte Holloman, Kyle Juszczyk

    If another early-to-mid-round pick is acquired, use that pick (or another earlier pick) on one out of: D.J. Swearinger, Margus Hunt, Akeem Spence, Zaviar Gooden, Dallas Thomas, Brian Winters, Will Davis, Chase Thomas

    • bigw says:

      This is what most of us are thinking I hope no wilson type picks this year. Just good quality football picks.

  4. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Picks for 2013 draft, with the 5 picks we have;
    Markus Wheaton
    Sio Moore
    Barrett Jones
    Jordon Poyer
    Jared Smith

    • TD says:

      You have to explain this strong desire to draft a coverage linebacker so early in the draft. Do you see the Pats letting Spikes go to FA after this year and expect whatever LB they choose to get an expanded role? If not it makes more sense to me to take one later in the draft and have Adrian Wilson come down into the box and play that role until they think the later pick is ready to play that role.

      I like Poyer, but do you think he will last that long?

      • MaineMan says:

        I think part of it is that BB looked hard at “coverage LBs” before the 2012 draft, particularly LaVonte David. But that “coverage LB” term may be misleading in that the guys he was looking at were also excellent in run-D. The “coverage LBs” in this draft who are likely to fall into the BB’s pick range aren’t nearly as good in either respect as last year’s crop, though.

        Also, I don’t think Spikes’ coverage is as totally awful as many make it out to be. He had 7 PDs last season, tied for 2nd on the team and tied for 17th among ALL NFL LBs. The problem with the Pats getting killed by passes over the middle comes more from 1st and 2nd down play-action than it does from clear “passing downs”. And the source of that problem was more from the poor safety play of Gregory and Wilson – Gregory playing undisciplined, out of position and biting on fakes, and Wilson simply making mistakes through inexperience. Spikes’ primary assignment is always to stop the run (and he’s exceptional at that), so, when it’s a fake and he has to turn and drop back into coverage, if the safeties not named McCourty aren’t doing their job, Spikes is left holding a bigger coverage bag than he really should have to handle and, thus, LOOKS awful in coverage.

        With all that in mind and judging the relative quality of the prospects at safety and LB in this draft, I think it’s more likely that BB takes another developmental safety in the 3rd – perhaps a guy like Earl Wolff.

        WRT Poyer, I agree. I seriously doubt he makes it past the 3rd round and possibly not even the late 2nd. He’s not fast or explosive, but he’s strong, smart and plays all coverages well (including press-man) with great instincts, awareness and technique. He wouldn’t be a great permanent replacement at starting LCB for Talib in 2014, but he’d add significant talent depth and would be a more than adequate injury replacement.

        • bigw says:

          If ogletree falls he might get an early pick the Pats gave up massive yardage to backs on short pass plays.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        About Poyer I expect the Patriots to get more choices, by trade or Trading Mallett. (a 3d or maybe a 2nd.)
        The Pats need a cover LB who can rush the passer, but be solid in the run game. I just like Sio Moore very much, and if I thought I could get Wheaton at #59, I would take Sio Moore 1st, because I see him gone by #48

    • kdog says:

      Russell,

      I said I’d give you my 5 today, so here goes nothing.

      -Jesse Williams
      -Quinton Patton
      -Blidi Wreh-Wilson
      -Jon Bostic
      -Kyle Long

      Basically, I have no idea. My overall view on this draft is that there are only 15-16 true first round values, and I’d be pleased to see some trade-backs and multiple (to me) who-dats.



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