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. (more…)