2014 Patriots Seven-Round Mock Draft – February Edition

A long, physical and fluid cornerback prospect, Utah’s Keith McGill should garner New England’s interest leading up to draft day. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The NFL draft is a fluid process.

Between now and May, the NFL Scouting Combine, college pro days, interviews, private workouts and unrestricted free agency will alter the landscape. Within that landscape, a prospect’s perceived value will swing, as will the perceived needs and interests of their suitors.

Now there are no absolutes in the midst of February, March or April. There are no guarantees that a player will be a top-15 selection. There are no guarantees that an organization will address the draft board by roster priority, either.

All we can do is form an educated projection as to how the picture will be painted.

Projecting, however, is especially difficult when it comes to the New England Patriots war room.

Head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio, and the rest of the Patriots front office have their own interpretation of value. At its very essence, though, it is about waging the worth of a player in contrast with where that player could be selected. It’s about reading the previous picks and gauging what type of player will be available when.

And that is what we’ll attempt to accomplish in this Patriots seven-round mock draft exercise.

  • New England currently holds seven picks. Yet when accounting for compensatory selections – as NEPatriotsDraft’s Mike Loyko forecasted in his post-Senior Bowl mock – that could yield two sixth-rounders in exchange for safety Patrick Chung and offensive guard Donald Thomas, and perhaps even an additional seventh-rounder for tailback Danny Woodhead.

Round 1 – Zack Martin, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Drafting a player, not a position, often saves the on-field product from becoming diluted. Yet on occasion, Belichick and Co. have been able to draft a player and a position in the same pick. And that could be the case with Notre Dame’s dependable 52-game starter Zack Martin.

Martin has drawn semblance to former Fresno State left tackle and current Patriots left guard Logan Mankins, and I see him as one of five ideal fits at pick 29 overall. Those four others play defensive tackle, tight end, offensive guard and offensive tackle. But if we are to assume that a top-15 talent in Martin is still waiting – and his teammate Louis Nix III is not – the Patriots could do far worse than shore up the offensive line with a future 10-year starter.

He lacks ideal size and range to play tackle at 6’4”, 305-pounds, but “Ironman” Martin has earned that nickname; he’s as steady as they come. The Pinstripe Bowl MVP could step in and be an immediate difference-maker at right guard.

Round 2 – Dominique Easley, Defensive Tackle, Florida

Belichick’s drafts are guided by certain measurables: Take note of receivers, defensive backs and edge-rushers who place in the top-10 for three-cone time; discount cornerbacks with 40-yard dash over 4.5 seconds, as well as defensive ends under 6’5” and defensive tackles under 290 pounds.

All of these been common trend in recent memory. But much like cornerback Logan Ryan’s 40-time last year, sometimes the common trend is meant to be broken. And that is the school of thought here with undersized and injured Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley.

Easley is 6’2”, 285-pounds, lacking the weight prototypical to defend the run. The senior is also coming off his second torn ACL and also has a torn MCL on record – medical red flags for most teams. Yet ultimately, the Gators’ interior pass-rusher is quicker off the ball than any defensive tackle in this class. If it weren’t for injury, the havoc that he wreaks wouldn’t make it out of the first 20 picks. With injury, he could be placed on the PUP list for the first part of 2014 before being eased in as a pass-rusher. Easley thrives at the one- and three-technique; he’s not limited to those alignments, however. He’s a scheme-diverse force.

Round 3 – C.J. Fiedorowicz, Tight End, Iowa

Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro, Washington’s Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas and even California’s Richard Rodgers could align with New England’s need for a receiving tight end. But if those five are all gone before the end of Round 3, that might just keep Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz around.

Fiedorowicz was curiously utilized in the Hawkeyes offense, but there’s nothing curious about 6’7”, 265-pounder’s ability. What you see is what you get. And what you get with Fiedorowicz is a sound, all-around football player who blocks willingly, runs precise routes, makes hands-catches and is a red-zone threat.

A decade ago, Fiedorowicz would be a first-round draft choice. Yet as offenses evolve, the intrigue of a traditional inline ‘Y’ tight end is often replaced by a slot receiving, offline ‘F’ tight end. That paradigm shift could end up playing into the Patriots’ hands, as the Iowa connections run deep.

Round 4 – Keith McGill, Cornerback, Utah

Long, rangy and physical outside cornerbacks are growing in popularity largely due to the Seattle Seahawks’ brand of football. But in New England’s brand of football, it is equally important to have a defensive back that can press, jam and consequently frustrate No. 1 receivers.

That is Aqib Talib. But regardless of what transpires in the 28-year-old’s contract negotiations, the Patriots could look to add a cornerback of similar stature and play this May. One who could be available at the end of Round 4 is Utah’s 6’3”, 205-pound Keith McGill.

McGill looks like a safety – he was a first-team All-American one at Cerritos College – but he plays like a corner. And that flexibility could be of great benefit to a team like New England. He is suited to cover tight ends or big-bodied receivers, but he can also help out as a run defender. He would add diversity and insurance to the Patriots cornerback group in the fourth-round range.

Round 6 – T.J. Jones, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

George Winn, Cierre Wood, Jonas Gray, Braxston Cave – all of whom were on the Patriots roster in some capacity over the last year. And based on this year’s crop, there’s reason to believe that those four won’t be the last Brian Kelly products to land in Foxborough.

In light of this, keep an eye on wide receiver T.J. Jones on Day 3. Even though the Patriots had seven rookie wideouts in the fold last season and the position is still developing, Jones has the tools to complement if the vast group of physically imposing underclassmen pulls him down.

A three-time candidate for the Biletnikoff Award, the Canadian-born senior is one of the most consistent and trusted receivers in college football. While he’s only 5’11” and 195 pounds, Jones is a smooth, sure competitor. He displays field awareness to surpass the sticks or get his feet down at the boundary. And with excellent hands, he’s the type of player a quarterback wants on their team.

Round 6 – Ryan Carrethers, Defensive Tackle, Arkansas State

The Patriots have pieces in place at defensive tackle. But some of those pieces have more certain futures than others. And having selected a scheme-diverse lineman in Easley on Day 2, the Patriots find more traditional nose tackle on Day 3 in Arkansas State’s Ryan Carrethers.

A redshirt senior in 2013, the 6’2”, 330-pound Carrethers found himself on the Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy watch lists. He tallied 93 tackles and four sacks for the Red Wolves in the process.

Carrethers moves well for his size and has the functional strength to leverage or consume  blocks from the zero- or one-technique. He would give the Patriots a third option in the Vince Wilfork, Sealver Siliga run-stuffer role.

Round 6 (Compensatory) – DeDe Lattimore, Linebacker, South Florida

He’s 6’0” and 237 pounds. He’s got 30-inch arms. He’s a “tweener.”

South Florida’s DeDe Lattimore is a lot of things. But he’s also an instinctive, play-diagnosing, high-effort, explosive inside linebacker who’d be a very serviceable draft choice in the compensatory territory of Round 6.

Lattimore will be a middle linebacker in the NFL, not because of his height or weight but because he can fight off blocks to stop the run and crash delayed blitzes through the A-gaps. He may not be cut out for cover-linebacker duties, but he’s cut out to be a hard-nosed defender who will work his way up on special teams and bring intensity to whatever job he’s asked to fulfill. The 2013 team captain brings 48 starts in 49 career games to the table.

Round 6 (Compensatory) – Tom Savage, Quarterback, Pittsburgh

Sooner or later, the Patriots will draft a quarterback. And with the second compensatory pick of the sixth round, this seems as appropriate a time as any. Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage was once a Rutgers Scarlet Knight starter as a true freshman, but that’s not why there’s intrigue.

Since then, he has been an Arizona Wildcat and a Pittsburgh Panther. He transferred twice after losing his starting job and experiencing coaching and scheme changes. But last season, the 6’5”, 230-pound 23-year-old found a home and completed 61 percent of passes for 2,958 yards, 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Savage plays with heavy feet, which leaves him in harm’s way as the pocket collapses. He often looks laborious scrambling to the sideline and negotiating through pressure as well.

Yet when taking it all into consideration, Savage has a powerful arm, intermediate accuracy, clean mechanics when time is afforded, and more upside than he’s given credit for as a developmental quarterback.

Round 7 – Gator Hoskins, Tight End, Marshall

The seventh round could be the venue for New England to take a flier on second tight end. But while the most well-known name from this tier once played for the Oregon Ducks, another fit from this tier played for the Marshall Thundering Herd. His name is Gator Hoskins.

Hoskins is quick and streamline receiver in the H-back mold. This shapes him as a second tight end who can line up in the slot, offline or at fullback in the NFL. Albeit physically limited at 6’2” and 244 pounds, Hoskins proved vital for quarterback Rakeem Cato and the Herd over the last two seasons, and that’s an attack that once had the services of 2013 second-round pick Aaron Dobson.

Hoskins caught 10 touchdowns in Marshall’s spread as a junior in 2012. He added on another 15 as a senior this past fall. And he’s the type of versatile contributor the Patriots could utilize this upcoming fall.

Special thanks to DraftBreakdown.com for making prospect videos readily accessible.

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64 Responses to “2014 Patriots Seven-Round Mock Draft – February Edition”

  1. sean says:

    Cut: Sopoaga, A. Wilson, Conolly, Kelly

    Restructure: Mankins

    Extend:Wilfork, Gostkowski, McCourty

    Resign: Talib @ 6mil/year, Edelman @3.7mil/year, Fletcher @ minimun, Hooman @ minimum, Svitek @ minimum.

    Sign: Everson Griffon @ 5mil/year, Chris Clemons @ 2mil/year.

    Draft:
    1-Jace Amaro, TE
    2-Kelcy Quarles, DT
    3-Donte Moncrief, WR (Trade our 3rd and fourth for a higher 3rd and a fifth)
    5-Dontae Johnson, CB/FS
    6-Tyler Larsen, C
    6-Tyler Starr, OLB

    I would really like to take an OL earlier in the draft, but there are too many good skill players available. This draft in particular seems to line up with the patriots biggest needs. This is a draft where it would also be easy to trade down, but I really like the guys that I have in the first 3 rounds.

  2. BC says:

    Just watched Craig Loston film and fell in love. I think he is the exact type of guy we need. I was a big Deone Bucannon fan but watched his film from Oregon and was not as impressed. Granted its Oregon and they make everyone look bad but Loston looks great. He is huge and looks to hurt people. That is the type of guy we need. Since we have McCourty back who is great against the pass we need the hard hitter. I think we could grab Loston in the second round and would be a big upgrade physically over Steve Gregory. Still not sold on who should be the first round pick. I think free agency will really determine the first round pick.

    • Daniel R. Martin says:

      I agree wholeheartedly and have had him in my personal mock for months. However, taking him in the second round would be a drastic over reach. He is projected as having a 4th round grade, or at least he was last I checked (pre-combine.)

  3. Bellanca says:

    A lot of guys here like Chandler. CJ may already play at his level, at a fraction of the price and with no mileage on him. I think most Iowa followers would affirm this. (Chandler is also ex-Iowa.)

    The tape you saw had CJ playing his junior year in a new system with a QB who, essentially, got the yips. It was a nightmarish season on O. CJ did not get beat once, IIRC, his senior year on clutch goal line reception opportunities. He was indefensible inside the 10. He does go down more easily in the open field than one would expect, and he will never be a Gronk/Dallas Clark game-breaker. I do not recall his missing any time with injury his entire college career. He could easily play as long as Chandler and be a great bookend/contrast to Gronk. No one plays at Iowa unless they know how to block, and block well.

  4. Jason says:

    Howard Jones in the third round. From Shepard. Book it.

  5. Adam says:

    My 2014 NE PATRIOTS OFFSEASON PREDICTION :
    Resign Talib, Edelman, Svitek, Fletcher

    Restructure Wilfork, Connolly, and Wilson, Gregory, Amendola

    Trade Mallet to Houston for 2nd round, next years 7th round pick.

    Work on new deal for McCourty

    Sign Kenny Britt, Emmanuel Sanders
    Toby Gerhart, John Kuhn, Scott Chandler, Alex Mack, Frank Zombo, Ed Reed.

    Release Sopoga, Bequette,

    Draft –
    1st Round, Jace Amaro TE
    2nd Round, Ra’Shede Hageman DT
    3rd Round, AJ McCarron QB
    4th Round, Brandon Coleman WR
    6th Round, Weston Richburg OL
    6th Round, Dontae Johnson CB
    7th Round, Colt Lyreia TE
    *note with Houston second round pick Pats will pick Kyle Van Noy LB

    Would love to hear your guys feedback! And I’ll explain why I think these moves are best for the Patriots.

  6. Kenny G. says:

    My take/dream on the off season and then the draft.

    Free Agent Pick Ups/Keep: Talib 3 at 22mill Guarantee 15, Blount 3 at 7mill Guarantee 4, TE Scott Chandler 4 at 13mill Guarantee 7, DE/DT Arthur Jones 5 at 23mill Guarantee 13…WR Hakeem Nicks 3-15mill Guarantee 8.

    Redo Wilfork, McCourty, Mankins. Gostkowski,

    Cut or let go the others on the team that are free or can be let go like Gregory, Wendall, Dan Connolly, Issac Sopoaga, Edelman, Julian, Adrian Wilson, Brandon Spikes, Tommy Kelly.

    DRAFT 2014
    1.
    #25 Calvin Pryor S (Traded #29 1st, and # 4th, 6th round pick in 2014).

    2. 40. Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State Trade with Min, swap picks (62) For Mallett.

    3. 93. DaQuan Jones, NT, Penn State

    4. Traded to move up to #25 in the 1st rd. Our 4th rd pick
    104. Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State (Complete the trade from Minnesota for
    Mallett

    5. Traded last year to Philly

    6.
    6A. Traded to move up in the in the 1st rd ( our pick)

    6b. Jordan Najvar, TE, Baylor Height: 6-6. Weight: 255. (Philly pick)
    6c. Vinnie Sunseri*, S, Alabama (Comp Pick: Chung)
    6d. Dontae Johnson, CB, N.C. State (6’2″, 195 lbs) (Comp Pick: Thomas)

    7.
    Tom Savage, Quarterback, Pittsburgh

    • Daniel R. Martin says:

      I’m not a big fan of your draft selections. However, I do think you have a great gameplan for free agent acquisitions. I don’t think we have enough cap space to make all of those signings possible and I would rather we draft a couple of TE’s that have much higher upside than Chandler, especially when a TE of Lyerlas’s caliber can be had in the 6th. I would like to have Arthur Jones and Hakeem Nicks, but I wouldn’t want the team to over spend on them.

  7. BC says:

    For all of you who wish that the Patriots trade out of the first round for more “value picks” I suggest you take a look at the names of the players taken between #29-51. Almost everyone on that list would have been better than what they got. I like Collins and Dobson a lot but they would have had a dynamic game changing player if they stayed put at #29 and took Cordarelle Patterson who would have been the best receiver on their team last year. In addition he led the NFL in kick off return yardage and let’s face the Patriots were terrible in this category last year. At some point you have to stay in round one and stop trading down for more value. Would you rather have Clay Matthews or the “value picks/stiffs” Chung, Butler and Brace none of whom had any real impact on the team? Extra picks are not what the Patriots need. They need impact players and finding those outside of the first round is more difficult. If DT Stephen Tuitt of Notre Dame or S Calvin Pryor of Louisville is there at #29 and they trade out that is a big mistake. How about trading and going up to #5 and grabbing WR Sammy Watkins from Clemson who is a game changer? We need to go up in the draft not down, down, down all the time. For those of you who think that Zack Martin will be there at #29 please send me some of what you are smoking because you must be high to think that he will fall past Miami at #19.

    • Daniel R. Martin says:

      Um……NO! In what world does C. Patterson’s 469 total receiving yards make him the best receiver on the Pats team last season? Just one of those future stud play makers you just put down (A. Dobson) had more yards than that. J. Collins only played a few games this year. Most of which were down the stretch, presumably after he got his feet up under him as a professional. He set the football world buzzing with the glimpses of future greatness he flashed in those limited appearances. He might set the football world on fire next year.

      Obviously, missing out on Clay Matthews for Chung and some other players that didn’t pan out is an example that lends a modicum of credence to your views. However, considering B. B. has built a dynasty that has sustained greatness throughout nearly a decade and a half, I”ll defer to his judgement.

      Bottom line is you never know which 1st rounder is going to be a bust and which 6th round selection will win three Super Bowls for your franchise en route to becoming the greatest Qb in league history. Of course you have a safer bet on 1st round selections. Then again, the 29th overall pick is nearly a second round pick, after all.

      We now have the depth to get some superstar talents, yes. However, it took years of disciplined drafting, often involving trading back, to get the level of depth for a team to lose most of their offensive weapons in preseason and defensive pro bowlers due to injury during the regular season, and still be one referee cheat (against Panthers on MNF) away from having home field advantage in the AFC Championship game. But, this year isn’t the year to stay put because the talent pool is too deep.

  8. Alan Sims says:

    Not sure the Pats will do to well in the draft. Just have a feeling they are going to f-ck it up. Sorry fellow Patsfans.

  9. Daniel R. Martin says:

    There is very little about this draft that I like. The selection of any offensive linemen in the first round is a misallocation of resources. CBS projects Z. Martin to be the 12th best prospect in this draft class overall (4th positionally.) Therefore, I recognize the value he would represent if he were to be available in at the 29th slot. However, I believe a first round selection of an offensive lineman would be most beneficial 3 or 4 years from now. The Patriots have been to three consecutive AFC title games. They have the talent to be highly competitive this year everywhere except the pass catching (TE/WR) positions. Brady may well play for a few more years, but most likely he will only play at his elite level for the next couple. The Patriots have benefited from a quality O-Line for years. Of course Coach Scarnecchia had a great deal to do with that. But a group of Mankins, Solder and Vollmer will be strong enough for now at least. We could use depth and devlopmental talent, which will be around in later rounds. Furthermore, how steep is the drop off from Zach Martin to a player like Antonio Richardson, truly? The appropriate move here is to trade back for additional picks in this year’s draft.

    I have decided to eliminate Dominique Easley from my personal mock draft. I have become too concerned with his injury history. Also, now that Matt has apprised me his alleged criminal misconduct, I doubt the Patriots would be willing to select both he and Colt Lyerla in the same draft on the back of the Hernandez scandal, which is also the only reason I haven’t replaced Craig Loston with Ahmad Dixon.

    I don’t wish to repeat myself ad nauseam. However, I really enjoy the fan interaction on this website, and i find that our postings are often buried before many fellow commenters have a chance to weigh in. I can’t imagine a better system though. I like that we have an opportunity to express our thoughts to any desired length. I understand how reading the same opinion repeatedly can become annoying. But, I can’t help but to feel as though I have honed in on many prospects that could be dynamos on the field. A lot of these players are not getting any media attention whatsoever, or at least comparatively speaking. If any of you guys haven’t watched highlight film on the following players, you really should make it a point to do so:Chris Boreland, Dri Archer, Boseko Lokombo, Brandon Coleman, & Craig Loston.

    I feel as though the most important positions to address are TE, DT and WR. I also believe that any player with the speed of Dri Archer, the high motor and heart of Chris Boreland, the violence and intensity of Craig Loston and Boseko Lokombo, and the size, athleticism and catch radius of Brandon Coleman should be strongly considered, regardless of the positions they play.

    I understand that linebacker isn’t a prime need, for example. However, if you put a player like Chris Boreland on the same field level as Jamie Collins, Jerod Mayo and D. Hightower, you really have a special corps at that defensive position. Similarly as to what Seattle has done in their secondary.

    I would like to see players such as Mallet, Ridley, and possibly even Amendola traded for picks. I’d be willing to give another team a 6th or 7th just for taking the albatross of Amendola’s contract upon themselves. I think Ridley is a good RB. However, if trading him for a 4th pick provides the Pats with another draft selection to be utilized in acquiring Dri Archer, the RB corps becomes instantly more dynamic, versatile and dangerous. If trading Mallet only gives us a pick to be utilized in selecting another developmental QB prospect, I’d rather do so now than waste a pick next year. because I can’t see any justification in paying Mallet a greater sum than his rookie contract, which he would most assuredly command. If Brady goes down, Mallet will not be able to put this team on his back. I doubt he is much better than even Aaron Murray, who will be selected no sooner than the 4th round most likely.

    2 – Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE (Acquired for Mallet)

    2 – Best DT to generate interior pass rush.
    If Rashede Hageman is still around, package later picks for him.

    2 – Antonio Richardson OT (Received for 1st Rd pick)

    3 – Brandon Coleman WR (Received for 1st Rd pick)

    3 – Chris Boreland ILB (Plays like Jamie Collins with the Heart of a lion. He will be drafted well behind his consistent level of production simply due to being undersized.)

    4 – Craig Loston SS (Received for 1st Rd pick)

    4 – Dri Archer RB/WR/PR/KR

    6 — Colt Lyerla TE

    6 – Aaron Murray QB

    C6 – Seantrell Henderson OT

    C6 – Bryan Stork C

    7 – Boseko Lokombo ILB

    7 – Spencer Long OG

    • acm says:

      I am getting the feeling you’ve posted this mock before, although I think this is the first I am seeing of it.

      Anyways, first to throw in my 2 cents on your initial thoughts. – I think you are grossly underestimating the importance of a great O-line to the overall success of the team. That is even more true for the Bb system – first and foremost, keep Brady up-right and healthy, everything else comes after that. BB’s said it many times – you can never have too many CBs or OL-men … and for all we know, he has that tattooed next to his heart ;) . Don’t believe me, take a look closer to home – iirc, you said you were a Falcons fan, right? Look what happened to a team that had a very talented roster and many even saw as a SB faves for the NFC. Not saying that was the only reason for this amazing turnaround since last year but the weakest group on that team, and biggest reason for the fiasco, was the lack of a quality OL.
      In 2012, the biggest reason why Baltimore won that SB, was their OL-ine coming together after some late-season reshuffling – that’s what took them over the edge in a historically poor year for their vaunted Defense.

      All in all, OL-men and DTs are probably the least hyped but most important positions in football. When they say that games are won and lost in the trenches, it’s these trenches they are talking about. Yet, you hear the names of those players only when they’ve made a mistake … One of them ironies in life – the most punishing position in the game, yielding the least respect and gratitude from fans.

      Also, don’t forget that everything comes to an end and has it’s limits – just because the Pats have made 3 AFc title games in a row doesn’t mean they are guaranteed to keep coming back in the future as that success didn’t come for free or by accident. 3-4 years ago the Pats best OL-men were … well, 3-4 years younger and a lot less beat-up. Next season, the two leaders of the OL-ine – Vollmer and Mankins – would be 30 and 32 yo, respectively and with injuries only leaving deeper and longer lasting marks. Very soon, as in next season soon, the Pats would have to start thinking about rejuvenating that group and adding quality to it, also because they’d have to put up a functioning OL-ine without Dante Scarnecchia for the first time in decades – one can no longer rely on UDFAs or late round picks to provide starter level players for the Pats.

      Which brings me to another point – in order to get the best shot at a quality rookie, who’d start for you immediately, you have to get that player early. The deeper you go into the draft, the smaller that chance gets. Even if you do get a good talent there, those guys usually come underdeveloped into the NFL i.e. would need a couple of years to get to starter level quality. Pats don’t have the luxury of time … not with their OL leaders getting old and being hampered by injuries on a weekly basis during the season.
      You can get good players in the 2nd and even 3rd round, but the immediate starters for a perennial contender like the Pats, where expectations are sky-high, are usually found in the top 40-50 or so players of the draft. So, if you can get your hands on a top quality OL rookie to fill out a need, not a luxury, you just go for it. Players like Martin, Yankey, Su’a Filo (pro-bowl level talent and starters for the next 10 years) are unlikely to be available for the Pats 2nd rounder and even earlier in the 2nd in case of a trade.
      One other thing – let’s say you trade back and in addition to a mid 2nd you pick up a 3rd rounder and a 5th (the value of last year’s trade with the Vikings was the exception, not the rule). What do you think are the chances you find a playmaker and a long-term starter there? Pretty small if you look at the stats – you are much more likely to end up with nothing but serviceable players, like Harmon, than the next Chancellor or Sherman.

      Regarding trading Mallet, Ridely and Amendola for picks – the circumstance just aren’t there, imo. Last year I was one of the biggest advocates for a Mallet trade potentially bringing in high value but last year the circumstances were very different. Right now, the most likely scenario for a Mallet trade would involve a serious injury to a Qb in training camp, which would mean the draft is over and the Pats wouldn’t wanna trade, otherwise they’d risk being left lacking of a Brady back-up and getting a vet Qb would cost a lot more than Mallet, caproom-wise. With this year’s class being considerably better than last years’, it’s unlikely that someone comes knocking in with their pockets turned out for a player who hasn’t shown anything in a competitive NFL game.

      As I have said before, the way Ridley’s season unfolded with spending time in the doghouse and whatnot, the Pats would have zero leverage in a possible trade. That is, they’d be better off keeping Ridley in hopes he fixes his issues rather than trade him for a late round pick from which they are unlikely to get anything better than a special teamer, if that.

      Amendola is not a player you can trade at this point and would be best to give him another chance anyway. You either cut him or you keep him, there is no middle ground in this one.

    • acm says:

      … continuing onto the mock itself:

      I don’t think the Mallet tarde you have assumed here is plausible and you get your best player with that one at a position of need (TE ASJ). This pick is plausible only because you assume a very high 2nd round pick, otherwise ASJ is unlikely to be there and that would change the nature of your draft later on, I guess. Speaking strictly realistically, you won’t be able to get a player of ASJ’s quality with a trade that brings in two other relatively good picks but would have to take him at 29, instead. Do you now see what I mean with changing the nature of your draft?

      Also, getting a 2, 3, and a 4th for the 1st pick while not implausible is not very likely, imo. A 2nd, 3rd and a 5th would be a more like it, I think but let’s say that’s just details.

      Anyways, you did well to drop Easley. Tbh, I don’t understand why people keep plugging his name, even the NEPD writers are doing so and that makes it even more puzzling. He represents just about anything BB is not looking for in a player even at the expense of a very late pick – an undersized DT, whose biggest asset is his quickness … never mind he’s coming off the 2nd ACL tear in 3 years as a starter for Florida and has missed a whole season worth of games. And to make it even better, has a history of off-filed issues.

      Regarding Borland, I am all for the Pats to get more athletic and faster at LB but don’t think Borland is that guy. I am still scratching my head why they missed out on players like L. David and B. Wagner to get a reach like Wilson in 2012 (Wagner went right before the Pats pick but if they wanted him, they could have easily gotten him) … but just don’t have that feeling with Borland. See him as likely a pretty good player but just not a playmaker like Willis, Bowman, David, Wagner.
      Unfortunately, there aren’t many ILB of that mold in this draft that I see as sure-fire starters or (last year there were quite a few but not the case with 2014). I was pretty high on Miami’s Denzel Perryman but he stayed in school.

      Regarding the drop-off between Martin and Richardson. Well, Martin has a pro-bowler, a 10 year starter written all over him. He is the new Matt Light, the new Mankins. Antonio Richardson is the new Bushrod, Mckinnie, Carimi. One is a supreme technician with a nasty streak and high football IQ, the other is inconsistent, lacks technique, high character and effort. That should be enough :)

      As for Coleman, I think he is a 4th-5th round guy at this point. Could raise his stock with a great combine but I can’t say I’d be excited by that pick, especially in the 3rd. Not against it but not excited either. For a big Wr, I like Martavis Bryant better for his higher ceiling. Both are raw for the NFL though and not immediate playmakers.

      Like the Loston pick in the 4th. Have my doubts he would be still there as that’d be cutting it close but expect him to be taken somewhere in late 3rd to early 4th anyway.

      Not taht big a fan pf Dri Archer and his youtube junkies groupies, tbh ;) . Not that I would mind getting him, just not that early. He is an interesting prospect, no doubt but also a player who likely wouldn’t be a starter at either RB or WR or whatever in the NFL. He is the type of guy you take in the 6th/7th round, not the 4th no matter how great he will likely perform at the combine.

      For the late round picks, unless we are talking a player falling here due to injury, finding a quality player here is a crap-shoot. I’d take Long and Stork in early 6th, although I really doubt Stork is there to begin with. Wouldn’t bother with Henderson at all; Like Lokombo here with a C6 pick; would leave Layerla for the 7th and give priority to good talent falling due to injury, not crazy-ass character issues (FB/TE Trey Millard, CB Aaron Colvin, CB Andre Hal.
      Like Murray as a player but don’t think he fits the BB ideal for a QB. Someone like Jeff Mathews would be a more suitable pick here, imo.

    • Dan I think the Dixon case might be a little different. If I recall correctly He slugged a guy who laughed at him when Dixon accused him of stealing from him. I don’t think that’s not understandable besides as far as I’m aware his only off field red flag. Last news I had of Lyerla was that he turned down an offer of rehab at his court hearing which could have resulted in charges being dropped if he completed the program. Not sure where his prioritys are but it doesn’t seem to be football at Ore or the chance to play in the NFL, jmo.

    • The more I hear about Dri Archer here the more I’m concerned. This guy is very fast but tinny by NFL standards. You have us taking him with a 4th which I consider a reach. Fast yes, but also limited. A good KR/PR doesn’t have to be the fastest guy in the league, that’s just bragging rights. As a WR how many hits does he take, can he go over the middle, as a RB can he do anything except swing routs or sweeps? Limited! Take him in the 6th not the 4th imo.

      • Daniel R. Martin says:

        If he runs a 4.2 40 I believe he will be snatched up well before the 4th. I don’t know about durability. But anyone who puts up 2500 all purpose yards in a single season seems to be anything but limited. Steve watch a video on Chris Boreland and Boseko Lokombo and weigh in on how you think they would fit in with the team please.

  10. Ryan says:

    Here’s how I could see a draft playing out if Belicheck decides to try to obtain more early picks to take advantage of the depth of this class. The 2015 second round pick is valuable, but players drafted next year are a year back in development and Brady’s window is closing.

    Trade 2014 Round 1 and 2015 Round 2 for 2 2014 Second Round Picks.
    Trade both 2014 Round 6 Compensatory Picks for a 2014 5th Round Pick.
    Round 2: DT-Kelcy Quarles
    Round 2: SS- Deone Bucannon
    Round 2: TE-Troy Niklas
    Round 3: OLB/DE-Demarcus Lawrence
    Round 4: CB-Chris Davis
    Round 5: OT/OG Justin Britt
    Round 6: DT-Jay Bromley
    Round 6: C/OG-Russell Bodine
    Round 7: WR-Quincy Enunwa

    • Good idea Ryan but you can’t trade comp picks. Your on the right track though we need to somehow get another couple picks between 2nd and 4th rd’s but don’t ask me how for sure but I’m betting Bill trades down our #29.

      • Ryan says:

        If we can’t trade comp picks then we can trade a round 6 and round 7 pick for a 5th just as easily. Then we would have 3 picks in the 6th and none in the 7th, but if we can take the guy beforehand then why wait?

        • Sure, that works fine for me, just making a tech observation about the comps. Like I said your on the right track and getting a 5th would give a better selection of prospects to choose from. Besides the udfa group is bound to have some pretty good talent still left,

        • Ryan says:

          Yeah, I found that especially the offensive line still has good options after the draft ends. Alvin Bailey wasn’t drafted and I was pulling for the Patriots to sign him, but the Seahawks got him and he ended up starting down the stretch for them and held his own. Guys I like to be free agent pickups this year are Marcus Hall at OG and Marquis Spruill at MLB, as they carry low grades on most boards but seem like they could still be productive.

    • TE Niklas, potential, potential, athletic but production was limited at ND. I like guys with potential but guys with production I like better. Could we get him with a high 3rd or mid 3rd?

  11. Pete H. says:

    Anyone else not overwhelmed by CJ Fiedorowicz’s film in this article? Doesn’t look too shifty, explosive, or adept at breaking tackles. Doesn’t always block his guy out of the play either… I hadn’t seen film on Fiedorowicz, but that tape isn’t screaming 3rd round pick to me.

    • Ill tell you this: i was overwhelmed by the way he swalloed up anything thrown in his direction. Thats why he’ll be a star in the NFL

    • Jim R says:

      Pete, I liked what I saw, He did miss a couple of blocks he also made some real nice ones. He has great hands and at 6-6 or 6-7 whatever he is that is a red zone match up nightmare with his hands. You already have a guy who can run down the field.

      • Pete H. says:

        I’ll give you guys the hands, and I’d say he could be a good NFL blocker – I guess my concern is that sounds like Hooman to me, who I don’t think is either a starter or an impact reserve. He’s got great hands, but with no ability to get separation, run through tackles, or make guys miss, he doesn’t make too many plays in the passing game, even with all the playing time he saw. For a 4th or 5th round pick, CJ may be a more reasonable target to get as maybe a 4th tight end, but to me, a third round pick should have more upside. I guess I may be quibbling here, but I was just a bit disappointed after all the hype I’d heard on the guy.

        • Jim R says:

          I think it is great we have different observations on all these picks. that’s why I check in, to see what people are talking about and to add my two cents.

        • Daniel R. Martin says:

          I agree with everything you wrote here about Fiedorowicz. I haven’t studied much tape on him, so he could be better than represented in this game footage. However, Hoomanawanui was the first person I thought of when I started reading about him. He is big enough to block, but so are most unspectacular tight ends. While he would represent a tall red zone target, which was sorely lacked in NE this past season, there are other tight ends who possess far greater dynamic and explosive play making ability.

          If being tall and having good hands are the primary attributes desired in a pass catcher, someone like Rutgers Brandon Coleman could offer that in the fourth round, with the added benefit of being a better route runner who can gain greater separation. Thus allowing him to contribute in the passing game all over the field, not just the red zone.

    • Went back and watched again. No he isn’t shifty or explosive but I saw a number of good blocks and he is an in line TE so that’s good. He caught everything except a pass thrown behind him, made a nice over the shoulder catch downfield. Yea, overall I’d think a 3rd where we pick.

    • acm says:

      Interestingly enough, CJF had the best 3-cone and Short Shuttle times (these two measure quickness and change of direction ability) among the TE group today. ASJ didn’t perform at all, while the most athletic among the TE group – AC Leanord, Ebron and Lyerla – skipped these particular events altogether.
      His 40-time was pretty respectable too, especially for a guy his size, and trailed Amaro by only 0.02 sec in the official timings. Has a good combo of long arms and big hands too.

      Arthur Lynch also had a good outing today and measured well, in a generally somewhat of a disappointing day for the TE class.

  12. Hey guys, did you see the Redskins want at least a 2nd for Kirk Cousins their back up QB? That must mean Mallett’s stock has to be at least an equal of that. Anyone buying this? LoL !

    • acm says:

      imo, that would be a no and another no. For one, ‘Skins putting a 2nd round value on Cousins doesn’t mean he would be worth that much to other teams. With the uncertainty surrounding RGIII, I’d say Cousins has bigger value to the ‘Skins right now (before the draft) than other teams in the NFL. That may increase in case of a serious injury to a QB in training camp but that would be only after the 2014 draft i.e. any potential trade would include picks for 2015.
      And then, Cousins has actually played 2-3 full games, iirc, in the NFL and done very well (on top of an impressive game-winning drive in OT vs the Ravens). Mallet otoh hasn’t done/had the chance to do anything of note in competitive nfl games.

      • Right! That was a tounge in cheek post guys, attempt at humor, that’s why the LoL at the end. Cousins completion percentage avg is in the high 50′s% and he throws more Int’s then TD’s. Why Wash would put out such a dumb statement — Oops I forgot it’s Washington.

    • Bill Vermont says:

      Cousins didn’t play well after the Skins shut down RGIII last season. He didn’t help his stock any. Mallett is still just as unknown as the rookies this year, and there is that mystery factor, and people look at Cassell and Hoyer and think the Pats system produces winners. i wouldn’t give Mallett away too cheap.

  13. YESSIR77 says:

    Not sold on this draft. I like the picks in the 3rd/4th. Martin will not be there, and we do not need a OT or OG. We need a center. We need pass rush and TE. I like McGill, and see him going in the 3rd. I would hate to see BB trade out, unless we get an early 2nd, and I mean top 3 in the 2nd. I am still going with what I said before.
    1- Nix/Tuitt
    2-Niklas/Fiedorowicz
    3-McGill
    4-Arron Lynch/ Best DT left.

    It is so hard to predict these mocks until FA starts and we see what happens. It is fun though. I like Tuitt because I think he can move inside if we need him too, he can be that 3 down player we need, he is flexable(dt/de). It will be hard to land a good TE in the 3rd. Look at the teams that pick before us; Atl, NYJ, GB, they all need TE. If they do not take one in the 1st, they are def looking for one in the 2nd. Now if we can land a TE in FA, might make things different(Chandler, Owen Daniels;if he is cut.)SO many questions on this team in terms of contracts and FA. If we loss Talib, this draft may be a little different.

  14. Russell says:

    Not sure Zack Martin will get past Miami at #19, also It is very likely Bill trades out of the first round. Bill Vermont has the right idea with OG Xavier Sua-Filo being on the board even in the 2nd round. McGill is a good prospect, who goes 3d round for sure. I still like CB Kyle Fuller as the Patriots 1st pick,(when ever that is). I also think Bill goes for Telvin Smith LB/S 6’3″ 218 runs a 4.6 40, with 34 1/8″ arms the guy has a reach! Compare to McGill who is 6’3″ 214 , arm lenght 33″, Smith could be a S project, as well as a back-up LB in Coverage.
    As far as TE’s go I like Arthur Lynch as a good fit with the Patriots.
    I also like Shayne Skov, who’s slow 40 time 5.2 will drop him on the draft board. His tape is very good, and slipping some on draft day, makes him a great value.
    I feel the Patriots take a QB, and a RB in the draft, doubt they take a WR.
    So my Mock;
    Tradeing 1st pick, for early-mid 2nd, and other choices next year. (3d and 4th)
    Trade pick 2nd- CB Kyle Fuller
    2nd- OG Xavier Su’a-Filo
    3d – LB Telvin Smith
    4th-TE Arthur Lynch
    6th-QB Jeff Mathews
    6th-RB LaDaruis Perkins
    C6th- S/CB Brock Vereen
    C6th-OG Spencer Long
    7th- LB Tana Patrick

    • acm says:

      Not gonna shed any tears with this but doubt Su’a Filo falls there – think he could be a 1st rounder and surely gone by mid 2nd. In late 2nd, I can see BB go for OG Dakota Dozier, one of the more underrated OL prospects this year.

  15. acm says:

    Really like the Martin and CJF picks.

    Can’t see the logic of BB drafting a player like Easely, tbh. As mentioned, he is both undersized and coming off an ACL tear, with another serious knee injury not long ago, as well. Just can’t justify BB making a pick like this in the 2nd. Yes he reaches sometimes but not for players that don’t fit his scheme/philosophy and with serious injury history (ACL tears for a DT who’s bread and butter is quickness off the line, is a killer).
    Not saying Easely would be a reach in late 2nd but can see many teams take a pass on him till even 4th round due to his injury history, even teams where he would be a fit.

    Also, I doubt Mcgill falls this deep, unless he gets injured at the combine. Sure everything is possible but with what Seattle has done with big corners, he is gonna be a hot commodity in the draft; has a 3rd round grade now but is very likely to turn this into a 2nd as he is the fastest/most athletic of the big corners this year. Late 4th seems like an unrealistic projection to me, I am afraid.

    The rest I guess I could live with quite easily.

    • Russell says:

      I agree that McGill goes higher, and as you say, 2nd is a possiblity, 3d more likely. I feel the Same about Easley a 6th sure , but not early.

    • I’m not much interested in Easley at all. One knee injury in collage is an event, two is a tendency. I can’t see investing a pick, the time or money on a injury prone guy, and I do consider him prone. Let’s talk about prospects that are more likely to play all 16 games.

  16. This is by far the best mock I’ve read so far. Easley and Fiedorowicz are two guys that i believe will be stars in the nfl if they can stay healthy (Dominique Easley). The Martin pick is perfect because of our need at guard and he can also play tackle which is big because we have an injury prone tackle in sebastian vollmer. Great work.

    • Matt says:

      I think your right about Easley he will be a star in the NFL if he can stay healthy and doesn’t get arrested again for assault.

  17. bread78 says:

    use of the extra 6′s on colt lyerla.

    • On Lyerla, last I read about him is, he refused rehab at his court hearing which would have given him the chance of having the charges dropped against him. Makes me wonder what his priority’s are? Before I took a chance on him I’d want a hair sample.

  18. Corey says:

    I think it used to be with the cost of a first round picks salary -Belichick saw more value for the team with trading out of the first round to get more picks.If you put to much money into one player and he goes down that can be pretty painful for the team. The money seems to be very well spread out for the Pats with few exceptions, no one player is above the team. With the new rookie wage scale I think that has changed the thinking a little but with Mayock stating that this is one of the deepest drafts in the last 11 years I think Wild Bill will trade out of the first round.

    • Ryan says:

      He might be smart to do so this year if he can net 3 second-round picks, as that seems like a very good time to grab a quality DT/DE who can get to the QB, a polished TE who can block and catch passes, and an athletic SS who can make plays and hit hard from all over the field. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Belicheck sacrifices future picks to do this, as the future is NOW for New England.

  19. And still we don’t see a SS anywhere in sight. Wr’s here there and everywhere but not a single safety, geeze.

    • Pete H. says:

      Too true… a lot of folks seem to think that there are a ton of good receivers (and offensive tackles too for that matter) in this draft (I like Abbredaris for the Pats- smart and a good routes), but not much in terms of quality safeties after Haha and Pryor. Only a few top tight ends as well… certainly not the perfect draft in terms of matching deep positions with the Patriots’ needs. Even most of the top defensive tackles are undersized guys. The Patriots will have to stay open-minded and be flexible in the positions they target in order to get the best players this year. I’m looking forward to seeing how the combine shakes up prospect rankings to see how that affects the top couple of rounds especially.

      • That always happens at the combine Pete. Some kid will run a 4.4/40 who was expected to run a 4.7 and all of a sudden he’s everyone’s best bet. Never mind he can’t block, tackle, throw or catch, he’s the man. Even some of the GM’s have been taken in over the years. Personally I put more on the 3 cone drill times because how often do nfl players run in stright lines? Overall it’s best to judge guys by those who do not live up to expatitions I think. Still, as always, rankings will be shuffled around so I’m going to wait and see before deciding on any final for my board. Let you know in a couple weeks what I decide.

    • acm says:

      well, technically we wouldn’t know the positions of need for sure till deep into the free agency period and shortly before the draft. Another reason why mocks at this point should be taken with a grain of salt.

      This being said, I agree that something needs to be done at SS. Pats are not very likely to get a crack at Pryor even at 29, so beyond that point, I guess players like Buccannon, Loston and maybe even Brooks could be interesting options.

    • Ryan says:

      Completely agree. Unless we sign someone like T.J. Ward or Chris Clemons, or Adrian Wilson returns to form, we will need a more dynamic option at SS. Contrary to popular belief, there ARE good safeties available, but most are not a good 1st round value. Calvin Pryor certainly is, but guys like Deone Bucannon, Dion Bailey, and Ahmad Dixon are strong 2nd or 3rd round values. Even in the 6th and 7th rounds, Dezmen Southward and Brock Vereen seem like they could work out, but almost no one projects them to the Pats. SS should be a high priority for the Patriots this offseason.

  20. YodasLlama says:

    Patriots Seven Round Mock Draft

    1. Calvin Pryor FS/SS Louisville
    Tall and fast safety who could play both safety positions and possibly corner if absolutely necessary. Harmon looked great last year and should develop into a good prospect but their is the slight possibility that the Patriots loose McCourty to free agency after next season. Finding an heir now would be better than after he leaves. Even if McCourty stays he might have to play more CB if Talib leaves. Having talented depth at any DB position is never a bad thing. High character guy that Bill will love.

    2. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
    I think Hageman may be taken prior to this Patriots selection but if he is not I cannot think of a better prospect who not only fits a need but could also bring a destructive element to the defensive line we have lacked since Seymour was traded away. Worst case scenerio he needs a season to adjust and is the primary back to Wilfork.

    3. Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State
    A talented prospect from a smaller school who has dominated competition. He held his own at the Senior Bowl and I expect him to have a great combine and pro day. Would be perfect inside at guard or as a swing tackle.

    4. C.J. Fiedorowicz Tight End Iowa
    A less talented Gronk clone, he would be perfect as Gronks temporary replacement while he is recovering from injury. He would give Brady two 6’6″ TEs to throw too over the middle, complemented by the robust receiving core New England is building.

    6(PHI). T.J. Jones, WR, Notre Dame
    I think Jones lack of top of the line speed and height will hurt his draft stock, especially with so many talented WRs in this draft class. Brian Kelly and Bill started a friendly relationship last season and expect Bill to look at a few Notre Dame prospects this season. Jones is roughly the same height as Boyce but is more of a possession receiver. Former team captain, well respected in the locker room.

    6. Ross Cockrell CB Duke
    A talented, tall CB who played in a school that will get him overlooked. Would probably start the season as the 4th CB on depth chart but could be a steal as he is worthy of a mid round selection.

    6 (Comp). James Morris OLB/ILB Iowa
    Brandon Spikes wont be coming back but I expect Fletcher too and Beauharnius did not show up enough to warrant a spot on the roster next season. Morris comes from the Ferentz pipeline. He could be a great backup linebacker and possibly replace Mayo in a few seasons.

    6 (Comp). Connor Shaw QB South Carolina
    I expect Mallet to be moved this offseason and if he is not finding someone else to be Bradys Backup/Heir after Mallet leaves would be necessary now. The league is moving to more athletic QBs and Shaw has all of the talent, heart and intelligence to succeed in the NFL. He reminds me of Russell Wilson, a small QB from an ok school that no one gave any thought too being a starting NFL QB. Would be a rock in the locker room for New England. High character guy.

    7. A.C. Leonard TE Tennessee State
    Another talented yet troubled TE that I think the Patriots cannot pass up in drafting. Gronk is the best TE in the NFL when healthy but pair him with Fiedorowicz and Leonard and the Patriots have an extremely scary TE group. Drafting Leonard in the 7th round is a risk the Patriots can afford to take.

  21. Bill Vermont says:

    Good job on the mock, lets sign them up now. Here is mine:

    1) Xavier Su”a Filo Probably more realistically available and still a terrific G
    2) Troy Niklas A TE who can block with good bloodlines / athleticism
    3) Caraun Reid DT with brains (is that an oxymoron) played well at Senior Bowl
    4) Craig Loston SS may a position of greatest need. He’s an SEC guy
    6A) Tyler Lawson a C with lots of experience and family w/ NFL experience
    6B) Walt Aiken Can’t have too many CB. Caught a lot of eyes at Seniors. 6-1 200#
    6 compensatory Jeff Matthews. Big strong ivy leaguer
    6comp Kevin Norwood. Well schooled WR from Alabama
    7 Calvin Bartnett At one time , he was highly thought of DT in Big 12 6-2 300#

    • acm says:

      Actually really like this mock. Only main concern is if Niklas would be there in late 2nd.

      Su’a Filo is indeed a more realistic option at OG than Martin in the first and is still one of the top talents at the position. If given the option, I’d go with martin but Su’a Filo at 29 is still very good value, imo.

      I have a bit of a problem with Niklas regarding his NFl readiness just yet – not as polished a TE as the otehr prospects in terms of route running and being a sure handed receiver. He has the athleticism and the high ceiling though, no question about that. Pats would have to get a TE in free agency (e.g. Chandler) as Niklas would need time to grow for the next level.

      Like Caraun Reid. Kelcy Quarles could be an option here too, if available, depending on the type of DT needed. Both would be good choices here, I think.

      Loston in late 4th, not sure about him dropping that deep but can’t argue with the value and the type of SS he is.

      I presume you meant to say OC Tyler Larsen (Nevada)? If so, I am on board. He has the size to play guard as well. OC/OG Russell Bodine (UNC) and Spencer Long (Nebraska) would also be good options here.

      A good, big CB like Aikens in the 6th would be great but seems a bit too good to be true. If he falls there, great but my guess is he ‘s gone by then. CB Colvin, Cb Hal and CB Byndom would be good options here too, imo.

      Like the Mathews pick in the 6th. Good fit for the BB system, imo.

      WR this late is likely to be a waste of a pick, tbh. Chances are, he doesn’t stick around in the Pats O. I’d go with a LB here – say Howerd Jones (Shepherd), Boseko Lokombo (OU), Chris Young (ASU) or Preston Brown (Louisville). Or if FB Trey Millard or DE Aaron Lynch fall here for different reasons.

      Would go with NT/DT Zach kerr (Delware) in the 7th. With Wilfork’s future in question, a big yet athletic Nt like Kerr would be more needed on the roster, imo.

  22. Jim R says:

    I liked the way you put this together with the vids. Impressed with the TE from Iowa.

  23. Pete H. says:

    The first 3 picks target the biggest needs of the team and all look like relatively good value for the draft slots. If Talib is back, I’d prefer the Pats take a flier on a 6th round guy to compete for the 5th corner spot and use the 4th rounder on a QB, center, or linebacker, but McGuill looks like he has a lot of upside, so I can’t really complain if they land him there. If a talent is available in the 4th, I think you forget your needs and grab him!

  24. Bill says:

    If the draft went down that way, i’d think we were pretty happy. Zack Martin in rd 1 and McGill in rd 4 might be a reach, but who knows. Fiedorowicz would be a real good TE for Pats, and maybe Gronk moves into that hybrid role. Wouldn’t that be imposing in the red zone
    As forSavage, I’ d be Leary of of a QB who was sacked as much as he. 3 schools doesn’t sound like a guy who stays and fights.

  25. Ray Foley says:

    Don’t disagree with most of your picks. I think Easily, Savage, and TJ Jones are particularly good. Only question is I don’t think Martin will be available at 29.

  26. Trev says:

    Decent mock. Probably pretty realistic. I’d love Martin at 29. Not crazy about Easley, though. I’ve had enough injury risks. I’d be disappointed if we didn’t get one of Amaro/ASJ/Niklas. Big drop-off between them and Fied, IMO. Even late 6th, I think there would be a better WR sitting there than the ND kid. How many 5’11 WRs do we need? Hoskins would be great in the 7th, and I like McGill in the 4th, too. Not sure on the Ark. St. DT. All in all, not bad, but a bit underwelming to me. I really want a top-filght TE, even if it means trading back from 29 or trading up from 62. ASJ is my guy.

    • alan says:

      i love asj too. many people are down on him for some reason, claiming his effort is an issue. did anyone see how bad keith price was? he didnt even get invited to the combine because he was so bad. asj is jimmy graham 2.0, and he’ll look mighty good in a pats jersey






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