NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
Well, all that can be done, has been done. I am not sure my eyes can take staring at a computer or a TV screen any longer. I know my wife is done with this process too. I refuse to erase an entire DVR’s worth of games because I want to go back and watch the players that the Patriots pick to see how they will fit into the scheme. This may be my last transmission until after the draft as I will be there live and in person for the 3 day event. I will report back as soon as I get home, but I wanted to wish you all a happy draft weekend and I look forward to reading your thoughts on the newest Patriots. For now, I leave you with my idea of what would be a good draft for the Patriots with my 7-round mock. Enjoy!!!
Round 2 (60)-Xavien Howard, CB-Baylor: The Patriots fill one of their biggest needs with one of my favorite players, it’s almost too perfect.
Round 2 (61)- Austin Johnson, DT- Penn St.: Highly productive big man who can play the run and bring some interior pass rush. He and Brown would create a great young interior defensive line.
Round 3(91)- Trade to New Orleans for (113 and a 2017 3rd round pick)
Round 3(96 compensatory)- Joe Haeg, OT-South Dakota State: I get my developmental Tackle that can be a swing Tackle year one while he develops his strength. Long term answer at LT but could be ready to play RT full time by next year.
Round 4 (113)(from New Orleans)-Jonathan Williams, RB- Arkansas: I get a steal here with a guy I am higher on apparently than the rest of the draft community. My future bell cow can rotate with Blount this year and then be ready to take over as the lead back next year.
Round 5 (169) (from Detroit)-Keyarris Garrett,WR- Tulsa: The Patriots trade picks 196 and 204 to move up for Garrett. Garrett has great size for the position who can win at all levels. He is a body type that the Patriots do not have and while he may not be a burner on the outside, he can win jump balls down field and he uses his body to shield out defenders on slants and comebacks. He should be an ideal #2 after some developmental time.
Round 6 (208) (compensatory)- Brandon Allen, QB-Arkansas: Allen does not have great measurables, but he has “it” when you watch him. I think he will develop into a good backup who could come in and win a game or two when needed
Round 6 (214) (compensatory)- Dominique Robertson, OT- West Georgia: With this pick I get another young developmental Tackle that I can groom. He has all the athletic traits you look for, just needs some time to acclimate to the speed and power of the NFL.
Round 6 (221) (compensatory)- Dan Vitale, FB/TE- Northwestern: The Patriots bring in the “super” back to do a whole bunch of things. Year 1 he is an emergency option at TE and a backup at the FB position. His versatility will be appealing.
Round 7 (243)- Justin Zimmer, DT- Ferris State: It’s that time of the draft where you start playing the lottery. Zimmer is an intriguing prospect from a size and athleticism standpoint. He put up good production at a very low level of competition, but his traits are what NFL teams look for.
Round 7 (250)- Ed Eagan, WR- Northwestern State: Belichick and company just cannot pass up on another Julien Edelman type receiver to groom for the future. Eagan will be a practice squad player for a year or two and then we all will be talking about how we don’t need Edelman anymore because we have the younger version of him on the bench.