It’s always uncertain if Bill Belichick is going to stay put in the first round, as we have seen the Patriots trade out of the first round time and time again. However, that trend ended last year, as New England actually made two selections in the first round and traded forward to make those selections.
Assuming that the Patriots do draft at No. 29 overall, here are three players that the Patriots would love to have available on the board.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Somehow, someway—if Tavon Austin is around when the Patriots are on the clock, then they’ll have to take him. There’s no way around it.
Austin is this year’s most dynamic play-making offensive weapon. Austin will not just play lined up in the slot, but he can play on the outside or even line up in the backfield.
Ultimately, Austin has a little bit of Percy Harvin and Wes Welker and a mix of Darren Sproles in him.
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
There’s no doubt in my mind that Desmond Trufant is going to be a top tier cornerback in the NFL.
Trufant possesses the ideal size to be a phsyical, shut-down corner as he stands in at 5’11″ and weighs 190 pounds.
Trufant is a excellent in man-coverage and is solid in zone coverage as well as being stout against the run—he recognizes run-plays very fast.
All in all, Trufant has all the talent in the world to be a very reliable shut-down cornerback as well as possessing the right amount of leadership to be an NFL team’s captain.
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Ezekiel Ansah is one of the most raw-talented players available in this year’s class, but his biggest knock is that he’s only played organized football for a couple of years.
The Ghanaian-born defensive end stands in at 6″5″ and weighs a solid 270 pounds. Ansah is a very explosive pass-rusher that is very quick to his first step and possesses the ability to out-maneuver opposing blockers with his stout hand-usage.
When I watch Ansah play, I see comparisons to New York’s Jason Pierre-Paul. However, Ansah is a very raw player and does have some work to do considering that he’s played only for three years.
Your Turn: Who are three players, realistic or not, you’d love to see the Patriots take?