2014 NFL Draft: Day Three Targets for the New England Patriots

Brandon Coleman is the top player left on my 2014 NFL Draft board.

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

The New England Patriots faithful got a little rowdy Friday night, as Bill Belichick eschewed drafting for immediate needs and chose to instead focus on making sure that this team is competing for Super Bowls after Tom Brady has retired.

Read on to see who the Patriots could take with some of their seven selections on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft.



Arthur Lynch (TE, Georgia)
Rob Branchflower (TE, UMass)
Colt Lyerla (TE, Oregon)

While Lynch and Branchflower don’t have the cachet of Niklas, Fiedorowicz and Seferian-Jenkins, they are solid backup tight ends that could be used in “13″ personnel. Lyerla, however, is a top-50 talent that is likely off the Patriots’ board due to drug usage and comments surrounding the Sandy Hook school shooting. If he ever can get his act together, Lyerla has all the talent and athleticism in the world.

Brandon Coleman (WR, Rutgers)
Bruce Ellington (WR, South Carolina)

The 6’5″ Coleman intrigues me as a threat in the red zone and as a jump-ball target. He suffered through some poor quarterback play last year, but has a boatload of talent. Ellington is a fun slot/z receiver to watch. Their is a log-jam at that position in New England—with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Josh Boyce and Brandon LaFell vying for reps—but the value in the fourth round might be too hard to pass up.

Andre Williams (RB, Boston College)
Storm Johsnon (RB, Central Florida)
Marion Grice (RB, Arizona State)
Isaiah Crowell (RB, Alabama State)
Devanta Freeman (RB, Florida State)

If I had to pick one, I’d take the Shane Vereen-clone Marion Grice. He is a smooth runner that catches the ball well out of the backfield. The other four are all talented backs that could go in the fourth or seventh rounds. The running back position is so depressed, it is tough to predict where these three will land.

Anthony Steen (OL, Alabama)
Dakota Dozier (OL, Furman)

Steen and Dozier wouldn’t be likely starters on day one, but would compete with Josh Kline, Marcus Cannon, Ryan Wendell and Dan Connolly for a position in the lineup within a year or two. Steen especially is an experienced blocker that knows what it is like to work.

DaQuan Jones (DL, Penn State)
Brett Urban (DL, Virginia)

The addition of Dominique Easley blunted the need for help on the defensive line, but adding big people to man the trenches is never a done deal. Jones and Urban both are stout run-blockers that can push the pocket. Depending on Armond Armstead’s health—or lack thereof—Jones and Urban could look very attractive with the 105th pick.

Jordan Tripp (LB, Montana)
Jackson Jeffcoat (DE/OLB, Texas)

After missing out on Christian Kirksey, Tripp would be a nice consolation prize. He would likely be a nickel linebacker, perhaps spelling Dont’a Hightower and/or Jerod Mayo in passing situations. Jeffcoat, however, is a pass-rusher that does his best work on the edge. It isn’t always pretty, but he consistently is able to put pressure on the quarterback. Each likely won’t make it far into Day 3.

Pierre Desir (CB, Lindenwood)
Aaron Colvin (CB, Oklahoma)

Desir has the size and length to intrigue NFL teams, but his athleticism is off the charts as well. If a team thinks that he can improve his technique, he won’t last long on Day 3. Colvin, however, is a polished corner that likely cost himself a top-50 selection by tearing his ACL during the pre-draft process. Drafting Colvin in the sixth round and red-shirting him for a season would be a smart decision.

Vinnie Sunseri (SS, Alabama)
Brock Vereen (FS, Minnesota)

Both Sunseri and Vereen are highly intelligent players that would excel on special teams. On defense though, they couldn’t be more different. Sunseri is comfortable in the box and seems to prefer playing downhill. Vereen, on the other hand, looks very comfortable covering a deep half and using his range to fly around the field. Like his brother Shane, Brock looks very smooth on the field.

Tags: 2014 NFL Draft, Brandon Coleman, Patriots Draft Picks

9 Responses to “2014 NFL Draft: Day Three Targets for the New England Patriots”

  1. Davy M says:

    If not for picking up udfa Justin Jones TE, & LB James Morris. This would be a disaster draft as far as this coming season. Morris is a special teams beast and will improve kickoff coverage. Jones is very intriguing, he’s a legitimate 7 footer and the bigest NFL TE ever also 180lbs. He not the fasted and can’t block much but he has great hands and is a tower and unstoppable in the endzone. It remains to be seen if he’s tough enough for the NFL

  2. Bill Vermont says:

    I think the patriots have missed opportunity by concentrating on future so hard. Garrapolla may have been a great pick but clearly a QB could have been taken in 3rd rd, because none were drafted after him. they missed out on Fiedorowicz, Scott Crichton, marcus Martin, and a cou[ple of Guards Trai Tutner and Billy Turner. Its day 3 and Pats haven’t drafted a OL guy yet.
    There is still opportunity left Dave yankey, Cam Fleming, Dakota Dozier on OL. Devonte Freeman ladarius perkins, and Marion Grice are 3 RB who could serve us well. Now may be the time to take Brandon Coleman since we missed on the TE’s. he’d be great at the “move” spot. There are 2 LB from Fla State, Telvin Smith and Christian Jones, that I’d really like to see even with a failed drug test. For crying out loud , its pot. James Stone might be worth a pick as a center. Lots of SEC experience. DB’s alll over the place, including long ones like Pierre Desir, who I heard BB likes, and Keith McGill, who could be a Browner type press corner. Loston, Vereen, and Dion Bailey are around for SS type. Bailey is a great tackler.

    After watching SF work last night, and the successs that Houston had, and others, I can’t help but feel that patriots are slipping away from that top 4 position, trying too hard to be top 10. Build your team for supremacy and not just respectability.

  3. Ryan says:

    Here are the positions that I hope BB will address starting in about an hour, in no particular order of need:

    1 TE
    1 TE/WR (bigger pass catching option)
    1 C
    1 G/T (versatile O-lineman)
    1 DE/OLB (pass rusher)
    1 ILB
    1 SS
    1 RB

    For those counting along at home, that totals to 8 players. Unless BB trades back further, this means that at least one of these positions will be filled through UDFA signings. The remaining options at these positions should be relatively deep until the end of the 6th round, except for true TE and potentially C. That means all of the other positions could be deemed relatively optional as far as draft selection goes, so don’t be surprised if we get our favorite new RB or ILB after Round 7 comes to a close.

  4. Dan Sullivan says:

    Final Mock Draft Day 3

    4 Cyril Richardson G Baylor
    4 Daniel McCullers NT Tennessee
    4 Aaron Lynch DE South Florida
    6 Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
    6 Colt Lyerla TE Oregon
    6 Cassius Marsh DE UCLA
    7 Marion Grice RB Arizona State

  5. BigFarting says:

    DaQuan Jones, Jordan Tripp and Andre Willams for me. TE and OL for the 6th rd.

  6. Pete H. says:

    I’m wondering why the Pats didn’t make the trade that the Texans did for Louis Nix in the 3rd. Nix and Easley could have been the starting DT pairing to take over for Wilfork and Kelly. I don’t think DT was a big need, but the value of Nix in the middle of the third would have been worth the fourth rounder (and maybe a late rounder too?) to get a first-second round talent. I think a lot of Pats fans would have been happy if the Pats used their 2nd rounder to grab him (many even liked him in the first!), so getting him for a third and a fourth would have been fantastic. Great move for Bill O’Brien – I wish our Bill had pulled the trigger instead!

  7. Dan Sullivan says:

    I predict Pats fans will be quite happy with draft after today.

    Pats Mock Draft

    4 James Gayle DE Virginia Tech
    4 Jackson Jeffcoat OLB/DE Texas
    4 Marcel Jensen TE Fresno St.
    6 Craig Loston SS LSU
    6 Colt Lylerla TE Oregon
    6 Ka’Deem Carey RB Aizona St.
    7 Wesley Johnson C Vanderbilt

    Good Luck Patriots and you are in a nice position with these picks today.

  8. Russell says:

    OG David Yankey is still on the board, a good value. Looks like BB goes for his blue collar guys in the 4th and 6th rounds. OC Russell Bodine CB Dante Johnston, LB Jordan Tripp, LB Telvin Smith, LB Avery Williamson, TE Arthur Lynch, RB Tyler Gaffney, OG Kadeem Edwards, OT Danny Kistler, LB Shane Skov, S Brock Vereen, CB Jaylen Watkins (great return man as well) WR Jeff Janis………

  9. Joe E O says:

    Logan Thomas would be a scary move TE






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