On To The Draft: 2015 Patriots Mock Draft

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NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Holy hell, that just happened didn’t it? The New England Patriots’ fourth rings fits as well as the first, earned after a year full of roller-coaster emotions. Don’t expect Bill Belichick to celebrate the win too long, however.

He is most certainly “On to the 2015 NFL Draft.” Here is one way the Patriots could attack the draft this April.

First Round (Trade to 20th Overall via Philadelphia Eagles)

Belichick has a long history of making trades with the Eagles organization, which may rekindle with Chip Kelly in charge. If the Eagles can’t move up to draft Marcus Mariota, they may be willing to move down and pick up additional picks. Shipping New England’s first-, second-, fourth- and seventh-round picks gets them in line to pick at No. 20 and lets them pick up a sixth-round to boot.

The Patriots meanwhile, have a very specific need to address: interior line talent and depth. Enter Iowa’s Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa).

Born in the image of Logan Mankins, Scherff is a tough-as-nails (he didn’t miss a game after an in-season knee surgery) competitor that played left tackle in college, but likely fits better inside in the NFL. He has an unreal strength profile—Iowa has an NFL caliber weight program—and can win with power or agility. Putting him next to Bryan Stork will keep the offensive line as a strength moving forward.

LSU’s La-El Collins is another top-flight guard/tackle they may have their eyes on.

If the Patriot stay put, adding an inside linebacker to replace Jerod Mayo—who may be cut if he doesn’t restructure—is a distinct possibility.

Third Round (96th Overall)

After moving their second-round pick to move up for Scherff, the Patriots have a bit of a wait on Day Two of the 2015 NFL Draft. Fans of adding to the depth along the defensive line will be happy when Belichick selects Trey Flowers (DE, Arkansas).

Jake Bequette might not have worked out for New England, but Flowers’ ability to shed blockers at the point of attack should give the Patriots’ staff confidence in picking another Razorback. Like Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, Flowers can play with his hand up or down. He may not be a 10-sack per year player, but he can develop into a solid three-down player in the NFL. If Akeem Ayers isn’t resigned, Flowers would be a good depth play here.

Preston Smith (DE, Mississippi State) is another option here.

Third Round (97th Overall, Projected Compensatory Pick)

Stevan Ridley is an unrestricted free agent and is recovering from a torn ACL. Shane Vereen will be an unrestricted free agent as well. Selecting David Johnson (RB, UNI) could fill both spots with one pick.

At 6’2″ and 230 pounds, Johnson—like Ridley—is a load to bring down. He doesn’t have much of a second gear, but his small-area quickness and smooth agility are evident in the passing game. Reminiscent of Vereen, Johnson absolutely torches linebackers in the passing game. He had 200+ yards receiving against the rival Iowa Hawkeyes.

Johnson is a bit upright in his running style, but running backs coach Ivan Fears has done amazing things with his charges in the past. Adding Johnson as a Swiss Army type (RB, WR, Move-TE) looks like a move Belichick would love.

Fourth Round

Speaking of moves Belichick would love, adding a player falling down draft boards due to injury or off-the-field concerns—think Marcus Cannon, Alfonzo Dennard—is right up his alley. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (CB, Oregon) was in the running for a first-round selection before injuring his knee in the buildup to the College Playoffs.

While Ekpre-Olomu isn’t big (5’9″ / 195) or incredibly fast, he has the innate instincts and quick-twitch skills that would allow him to thrive inside as the “star” cornerback who comes on in nickel situations. Getting him at a discount rate—even if he isn’t able to play in 2015—would be a coup for the future.

Sixth Round (Projected trade via Philadelphia)

If New England is willing to be patient, Blake Bell (TE, Oklahoma) just might reward them. With Gronkowski-esque size at 6’6″ and 260 pounds, Bell’s conversion from quarterback to tight end is starting to pick up steam. He is certainly still raw, but his upside as a pass-catcher—especially in the red-zone—is hard to overlook.

Should Tim Wright or Michael Hoomanawanui not be back with the Patriots next season, Bell would be an interesting developmental prospect. Even if it meant carrying four tight ends, Bell’s versatility might make it worthwhile.

Sixth Round

Dezmin Lewis (WR, Central Arkansas) is a big receiver (6’4″) that is a good route-runner. He has decent hands, but has failed to take advantage of his full set of athletic skills as a receiver. Giving him some time in an NFL program could lead to some big improvements.

He would be competing with the likes of Josh Boyce and Aaron Dobson for the last receiver on the roster.

Seventh Round

Depending on how Vince Wilfork is handled this offseason—kept or released—the Patriots either have a small or a very large need for a defensive tackle. Sealver Siliga and Alan Branch have been solid depth players at this point. Adding Darius Kilgo (DT, Maryland) to the mix would give them another wide-bodied tackle that is capable of eating up blockers and allowing linebackers to make the play. Kilgo doesn’t seem to know what he is capable of at this point in his career. Spending time with Wilfork and company could take him to the next level.

If Wilfork isn’t back with the team, move defensive tackle to the top of the list of draft needs moving forward.

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42 Responses to “On To The Draft: 2015 Patriots Mock Draft”

  1. 7 says:

    My Mock
    1 Cameron Erving OG
    2 Devin Funchess WR
    3 Ifo Ekpre-Olomu CB
    4 Kwon Alexander OLB
    4 Ellis McCarthy DT
    6 Matt Jones RB
    7 Bobby Hart OT

  2. charles jr. says:

    seems a little far – fetched…. olumo in the 4th? still early though

  3. dslave says:

    I’m a huge fan of Cameron Eriving in this draft. Coach BB asked coach Scarneccia to go evaluate Stork before the draft of last year. If we may think they don’t have a book on Eriving, were nuts.

  4. out west says:

    ROUND1 Odighzuwa DE/OLB
    ROUND 2 Kouandjio OG
    ROUND3 Dorsett WR
    ROUND3 Fisher OT
    Round 4 Halkett FS
    Round 4 Campbell SS
    Round 6 Hicks lb
    Round 7 Spaight lb
    Round 7 Lott DT

  5. buck63 says:

    ok lets be real first thing is offensive line need some studs there protect tom and better running game we will be good at running backs also need defensive line a Richard Seymour type even with out sacks just need pressure right now its all the ends or blitzing nothing inside gotta believe contracts off revis wilfork mayo may be to much to handle unless reconstruct them I,m praying they stay so corner backs line backers and back up tight end are things we can draft wide receivers not so good get them through free agents go pats nation

  6. Lucas says:

    After doing a mock draft simulation

    1 ILB Benardrick McKinney
    2 WR Dorial Green-Beckham
    3 DT Ellis McCarthy
    3 G Josue Matias
    4 OT Jeremiah Poutasi
    4 OLB Kwon Alexander
    6 DE Deion Barnes
    7 TE Jean Sifrin

    All weak positions, hoping Revis, McCourthy and Gostkowski stay without counting FA’s, whould be adressed
    Green-Beckham is a big risk…but if Bill controlls him…he could be unstoppable

  7. Prime says:

    1rd – Cameron Erving, OL, Florida State
    2rd – Tre Jackson, OG, Florida State
    3rd – Ellis McCarthy, DT, UCLA
    3rd – Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami
    4rd – Chris Hackett, S, TCU
    4rd – David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
    6rd – Tre McBride, WR, William & Mary
    7rd – Geneo Grissom, OLB, Oklahoma

  8. Dan Sullivan says:

    Super Bowl win couldn’t have been better and I hope Patriots bring back as many from this team as possible. I want to have this again next year.

    Pats Mock Draft
    1 Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
    2 Jesse James TE Penn State
    3 Corey Robinson OT South Carolina
    3 Anthony Chickillo DE Miami
    4 Tony Lippett WR Michigan St.
    4 Miles Dieffenbach G Penn State
    6 Josh Shaw CB USC
    7 Damarious Randall S Arizona State

    Thanks Patriot organization for a awesome year!

  9. matty says:

    Needs- DT, DE, G, SS.
    I think wilfork will retire, and Ninkovitch has a year of football left. Should also look at LB to backup Mayo.

  10. Hunter says:

    Why is everyone clamoring for a RB. Even if the team loses Ridley and Vereen next year, they still have Blount, Bolden, White, Gray, and Gafney. That’s one more player than they typically have roster spots for. Yet people are overlooking LB, where we finished the season with 2 capable players. If I’m drafting its LB, OL, DL, and then going for depth. We also finished the season with 2.5 capable DEs, as Moore was inactive most of the time and Ayers was the only depth past the starters.

    • frick says:

      Hunter, agree with you on need for LB help. Do you know if any of the kids (LBs) we have on the team have a chance of developing into starters?

  11. John says:

    Even though the Patriots just had an extremely successful year, the OLine and DLine were very inconsistent. The secondary is also a player away from being very mediocre to possibly very poor. Given the limited roster spots and need for cap flexibility, I think it is imperative to acquire high-quality talent in this draft. I think that they should hold on to their first round pick, just because generally you have to give up quite a bit to move up, I think they should move up heavily in the 2nd and in the 3rd. I would trade their own 2nd and 3rd and try to get into the late 30s/early 40s.

    64th/96th for the Skin’s 38th

    32nd) Owamagbe Odighizuwa 43DE/34DEOLB- Nink successor. Seals edge incredibly, rushes passer well, etc..
    38th) Carl Davis DT- Monster Senior Bowl, dominant. Apparently came off arrogant and lazy in interviews. If that is too much for Pat’s too stomach, I wouldn’t mind seeing them take another high potential interior lineman like Brown or Bennett (who I like, but seems too small for our immediate needs)
    97th) John Miller OG- Solid, smart, leader.

    I was on the taking an OLineman Early Bandwagon, but after the Senior Bowl it’s pretty obvious the DLineman in this class have the potential to be far superior. Plus, I don’t like taking interior lineman early anyways. Guys I like later, though, include: Miller, Shaq Mason, DJ Humphries, Donovan Smith, and Tre’ Jackson if he can be had at a responsible spot.

  12. cruelangelT says:

    I am on the same boat regarding David Johnson.
    I have a feeling he can be more than just a traditional 3rd down back…
    With some creative mind from BB and McD, he may be able to do some Charles Clay -esque stuff as a H-back too.

    • Michael says:

      David Johnson is going to be more than a 3rd down back. With enough development, I think he could be a 3-down RB.

  13. J H TARBORO says:

    1) DT Malcolm Brown – Texas or trade down scenario
    2) DE Mario Edwards jr. – Florida St.
    3) T/OG John Miller – Louisville
    3b) comp. CB/S Josh Shaw – USC
    4) S Kurtis Drummond – Mich. St. or trade down scenario
    4) RB Terrence Magee – LSU
    6) WR Kenny Bell – Nebraska ( this kid is a gamer! )
    7) DT/OLB/DL Kristjan Sokoli – Buffalo ( this kid is a mutan, the kind of player the Seahawks have on their roster. )

  14. V Dog says:

    I’m goin

    R2 (Trade Down):Dorial Green Beckham Missouri
    R2 (Own):Cedric Ogbeuhi OT Texas AM
    R3 (Trade Down): AJ Cann OG
    R3(Own): Devin Smith Ohio WR
    R3 (Compensatory): Xavier Cooper DE Washington
    R4 (Trade via TB):Ameer Abullah RB Nebraska
    R4 (Trade Down): Ifo Ekpre CB Oregon
    R4 (Own): Grady Jarrett Clemson DT

  15. nick says:

    did a mock simulation over at fanspeak and came out with this. not saying its likely but intriguing non the less.

    31: R1P31
    63: R2P31
    95: R3P31
    98: R4P2
    127: R4P31
    162: R6P2

    • V Dog says:

      devin is going 1-2nd round guy

    • Freemanator says:

      Love a bit of fanspeak drafting, especially for the ludicrous value you can pilfer.
      Here’s my draft:

      1 OG/OT La’el Collins LSU
      2 OG Cameron Erving FSU
      3 DE Nate Orchard Utah
      4 (1) DT Jordan Phillips Oklahoma
      4 (2) WR Phillip Dorsett Miami
      6 CB Deshazor Everett Texas A&M
      7 DE Lynden Trail Norfolk State

      So we get two plug and play interior O-line guys first. Collins for LG, and Erving for C or RG, whichever combo works best with Stork.
      Then bring in a couple of guys to rush the passer in Orchard and Trail, with another big body for the Dline in Phillips, and a deep threat slot backup to Edelman in Dorsett. As well as a high ceiling backup CB in Everett.
      Just a shame the real thing won’t be this easy.

      • acm says:

        A great set of players but the only one I see as realistic (at the spot where you have them) is CB Deshazor Everett. The rest I think would be long gone.

  16. Don says:

    On an unrelated note, can someone explain to me why Kam Chancellor was not flagged for the hit on Edelmann. Wasn’t it helmut-to-helmut?

    Wasn’t Browner flagged for a shoulder-to-helmut mistakenly during the season? And commentators said it wasn’t helmut-to-helmut?

  17. Joe Blake says:

    Regarding the 4th round pick, please no more midget CBs. ….and, hopefully, the Rutgers experiment is over. Ryan and Harman were exposed liabilities in the SB. Let’s focus on DBs with some size this draft trip.

  18. Ryan says:

    Love Trey Flowers, Blake Bell, Dezmin Lewis, and Darius Kilgo here. I don’t think Brandon Scherff falls to pick 20 or Ifo Ekpre-Olomu falls to the fourth round, so even though they would represent great value I just can’t imagine it happening. Finally, I don’t think that we should grab a running back due to youthful depth at the position even considering that Ridley is probably gone.

    Overall, I like this mock, but it seems a tad unrealistic and that trade for Scherff looks horrible because we have to give up our 2nd-rounder.

  19. ken says:

    NO WAY Bill Belichick trades his draft away for a Guard. He might even moved out of the 1st round completely if a teams desperate to get back into the end of the round. However I do predict at least 3 interior OL are picked after the opening round. The new OL coach needs the opportunity to make this his line.( a key factor in Mankins departure) Connelly will not be resigned.

  20. Don says:

    I think they should make a strong move for Terrence Knighton. Very strong.

    Not sure he’ll leave Denver, but you could make it expensive for the Broncos to keep him and sign their other free agents.

    Knighton and Vince on the front line for a year would be daunting.

    If I were Vince, I might retire and go out a champ anyways.

  21. Pete says:

    It’ll be amazing if Scherff is still available at 20. it seems, at this stage, most sites are predicting he’ll be taken within the first 12 picks.

    • Ryan says:

      This was the first thought that I had when I saw the trade. I seriously doubt that Scherff escapes the top-15 and projecting him to be there at 20 doesn’t seem realistic. Additionally, trading our 2nd round pick to move up doesn’t seem like a smart move. I would rather wait until it is closer to our pick and move up a few spots for La’el Collins or Nate Erving so that we don’t have to worry about giving up our pick in round 2. Erving and Collins can both start on the inside immediately and they will most likely be able to play tackle at a high level in a few years at the most. Overall, I don’t see much merit in this trade scenario.

    • acm says:

      That is indeed correct – the initial evals on Scherff are those of a top 10 pick. There may well be a catch, however, regarding what role he best projects for at the NFL level.
      Initially, Scherff was/is being projected as the top (or one of the top 2) LTs in the draft. As such, him being a top 10 or so pick sounds very plausible.
      The thing is there are questions about his technique and footwork as a LT and especially if those would be deemed good enough for the pros, raising the possibility Scherff may end up being evaluated not as a LT but as a LG come draft time. A lot would depend on how he does at the combine and private workouts. If he ends up being projected at OG, then his stock may well fall about 10 spots or so, making him a more realistic target for the Pats. In all likelihood, however, one way or the other they’d have to trade up to get him.

      btw, I personally expect to see La’el Collins go earlier than Scherff. Same goes for Erick Flowers.
      Would love Pats getting either one of these 3 in the first (Collins, Flowers, Scherff) but someone like Cam Erving would be a good way to spend that 32nd pick too.

  22. Justin Perkins says:

    I’m going to go off of the order that Mike Loyko has, which includes compensatory picks.

    1. Jaelen Strong, WR Arizona State
    2. Nate Orchard, DE/OLB
    3. Ronald Darby, CB Florida State
    3. Tre Jackson, OL Florida State
    4. Grady Jarrett, DT Clemson
    4. Trey DePriest, LB Alabama
    6. Josh Robinson, RB Mississippi State
    6. Leterrius Walton, DT Central Michigan
    7. Aundrey Walker, OL Southern Cal

  23. jim r says:

    trade up I love it, Stud OL/DL would be great, Great projects Blake Bell/Devin Gardner

  24. Frostbitejoe says:

    First off! We won the Super Bowl guys!!!!!

    Patriots Seven Round Mock Draft. (No Trades but Compensatory picks included)

    1. Cameron Erving, OG, Florida State
    Not a sexy pick by any means but a necessary pick to continue providing Tom and eventually Jimmy excellent protection. Erving played OT, OG, and C for Florida State. He is versatile, intelligent and a hardworker. He would fit in perfectly at either guard spot for New England and could potentially play Center or Tackle if injuries were to occur.

    2. Cedric Ogbuhei, OT, Texas A&M
    Bill is not afraid to double down on a position if its a need and value is there. Cedric Ogbuhei would have been a first round pick if he did not tear his ACL last season at Texas A&M so there is your insane value. He may have a similar season that Easly had last year. Not a lot of play time but enough to keep him in Football shape for next season. Absolute steal at the end of the second round. Ogbuhei could replace Solder if they opt to not resign him after next season.

    3. Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
    I am still holding onto hope that Dobson gets his act together next season and becomes at minimum a solid number two for this team. Diggs had a bad season but so did the entire Maryland team. He is talented and is almost a Lafell clone. Someone that could develop into a talented WR in the NFL if the Patriots are patient.

    3(Comp). D’Joun Smith, CB, Florida Atlantic
    Smith is a very talented CB who played for a smaller school so he wont have as much hype or attention as other CBs in the class. Revis is most likely gone next season unless he likes the taste of success and signs a decent extension with New England. Dennard and Ryan will both be fighting for a roster spot next season and with Malcom Butlers play all season and the Super Bowl I expect him to replace Arrington as the nickle. Either way we will need some new talent in the secondary.

    4(Tampa). Matt Jones, RB, Florida
    Jones is a bruising back in the mold of Blount and with the Patriots most likely not resigning Ridley they will need someone else to develop behind Blount for the future. Jones is arguably one of the most talented RBs in the draft but he did not have any moments in his college career that made you gasp.

    4. Preston Smith, DE/OLB, Mississippi State
    Smith is a player who could develop into a solid role player in the NFL. Pass rushing depth is never a bad thing and he could play OLB if the Patriots want to play any 3-4 sets. Solid player who would fit well in the locker room.

    6(Tampa). Jeffrey Whitaker, DT, Auburn
    A big DT at 6’4 330lbs. With Wilfork, Silga and Jones all in contract years next season and Wilfork getting significantly older it may be beneficial to try to find a replacement in the late rounds this year than spend a high pick next season on a DT.

    7(Tenn). Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma
    Blake Bell is a guy who could go as early as the 5th round or he could go undrafted. A big target at 6’6 260lbs and could be a solid rotational guy at TE. Imagine a three TE set of Gronk, Wright and Bell in the redzone.

    • Jim R says:

      I like the double dip at the top. Bell is an interesting prospect. With more teams going to lighter/Quicker D-Lines, having road graders up front is a plus

    • Larry says:

      They are not drafting a RB unless it’s in the 6/7 rds………………….Would you people start looking at their roster they have plenty of RB’s comming to training camp…………….

  25. Russell says:

    I’m consurned about Mayo being back next year, with his contract and injury rehab. BB likes Mayo alot and I could see Mayo retireing and coaching with BB, as LB /D coach. I thought Ayers played fairly well, but see the need for more depth at LB.
    My Mock starts with;

    1st- OLB Lorenzo Mauldin
    2nd- DE Henry Anderson
    3d – OC/G B.J. Finney
    3d (comp. pick for loss of Talib)
    – OT Corey Robinson
    4th (tampa)- RB David Johnson
    4th- WR- Kenny Bell
    6th (tampa)- OLB Davis Tull
    7th (Tenn.)- QB/WR Devin Gardner

  26. howie horvath says:

    Nice Draft…would only hope the add a veteran like Fitzgerald to stretch the field (or maybe Mike Wallace as a comeback project for ’15). Like adding a great offensive lineman and another corner (with high potential value given the injury). Might need a linebacker more than DE (assuming Easley turns out to be a starter). BUT getting Johnson at RB could make this a spectacular draft a year from now…big, shifty and powerful with great hands. Sounds heaven sent!! Go Pats!!

    • Larry says:

      Larry Fitzgerald………Do you have any idea how much he would cost………Stop living in fantasy land and get a clue……………………………………….

  27. howie horvath says:

    Nice Draft…would only hope the add a veteran like Fitzgerald to stretch the field (or maybe Mike Wallace as a comeback project for ’15). Like adding a great offensive lineman and another corner (with high potential value given the injury). Might need a linebacker more than DE (assuming Easley turns out to be a starter). BUT getting Johnson at RB could make this a spectacular draft a year from now…big, shifty and powerful with great hands. Sounds heaven sent!! Go Pats!!

  28. howie horvath says:

    Patriot’s Nation…I know it was hard to determine but didn’t anyone see Dont’a Hightower make the tackle of the game stopping Marshawn at the half yard line? It was an amazing effort as difficult as any tackle I’ve ever seen without which there’s no “interception” (another amazing play) and no Lombardi. Please..someone in the media has to highlight this play and give credit where credit is due! Thank you Dont’a!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Bully C says:

      I hear you completely. The play was totally overlooked due to Butler’s heroics. But his play was great. He shed his blocker and shot the gap then lunged at the feet of Lynch causing him to fall. I kept yelling at the TV with my daughter in the room pointing out the play!!!

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