2013 Patriots Mock Draft: November 15th

DJ Swearinger NFL Draft

This South Carolina defensive back could be one of the Patriots targets in the 2013 NFL Draft. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

Although the Patriots still have a long way to go in the 2012 NFL season, it looks like they will be picking closer to the end of the first round than the beginning.

Here is an early look at some of the players and positions that Bill Belichick and company could be targeting for the 2013 NFL Draft.

The Patriots have only five picks in the 2013 NFL Draft due to trades that have either been complete busts (Haynesworth, Ochocinco) or haven’t payed dividends yet (Talib).

Even so, the Patriots have shown the ability to move around and pick up selections at places where they can pick their type of players. Without further ado, here is one way the Patriots could go this April.

1st Round – Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama

Bill Belichick likes to collect left tackles that can play other positions. Jones has the ability to play all five OL positions but he will excel on the interior in the NFL.

The Patriots depth is suspect on the interior line and the starters aren’t getting any younger or healthier. Adding Jones to a left side of Nate Solder and Logan Mankins is a promising thought for the future of the Patriots offense.

While getting Jones’ teammate Chance Warmack would be phenomenal, he will probably be gone by the time the Patriots are on the clock – even though interior linemen tend to drop farther than most think (David Decastro).

Other options would be dynamic defensive linemen like Sheldon Richardson (DL, Missouri) and Tank Carradine (DE, Florida State), or defensive backs like Kenny Vaccaro (CB/S, Texas) and Tony Jefferson (SS, Oklahoma).

2nd Round – Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall

Many Patriots fans might be intrigued by another Marshall receiver (Troy Brown, Randy Moss) even though they might not have seen Dobson play. He has unreal hands and is an explosive outside receiver with phenomenal body control. Reminding you of Brandon Lloyd yet?

Dobson has been banged up a bit this year, but has first round talent. He isn’t a finished product yet, but he should be able to come in and contribute in certain packages as a rookie while allowing the Patriots to stretch the field vertically.

If receivers like Tavon Austin, Justin Hunter or Da’rick Rogers are still available somehow, they will certainly get long looks as well.

3rd Round – D.J. Swearinger, CB/S, South Carolina

Nary a year goes by without the Patriots taking a crack at a defensive back in the first four rounds of the draft. Sometimes they hit (Devin McCourty, Asante Samue) and sometimes they don’t (Terrence Wheatley, Darius Butler, and more).

If the Patriots pass on guys like Vaccaro or Jefferson earlier in the draft, Swearinger is guy that could come in and compete with the current Patriots safety group for a starting position.

I like his play close to the line of scrimmage, but he also has some versatility covering a deep half or third. If Pat Chung isn’t back next year, McCourty, Gregory, Swearinger and Wilson could make some noise.

7th Round – Jake McDonough, DL, Iowa State

McDonough will remind many Patriots fans of former Patriots player Mike Wright, who had to retire due to concussion issues. He is a gifted athlete with a big frame that plays with an incredible motor.

He isn’t going to be a pro-bowl player, but as a rotational defensive tackle that is asked to get after the quarterback and swat some passes, he could find a niche in the NFL.

7th Round – James Ferentz, OC, Iowa

Ferentz has some history with New England, as both his father Kirk and brother Brian have coached with Belichick. He is a technically sound, incredibly feisty center that has more heart and talent than he has size.

As a backup center or coach-in-waiting on the practice squad, Ferentz could bring some value to the Patriots with this late pick.

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5 Responses to “2013 Patriots Mock Draft: November 15th”

  1. manxman2601 says:


    Some nice and very possible picks. I hope you don’t mind if I try an alternate:

    1. Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC

    I have my doubts about Barrett Jones’ athleticism although a Nick Saban recommendation would go far. Cooper on the other hand could enter the NFL and be one of the most athletic interior linemen from day one – I really rate him on that score. Scout.com has him ranked higher than DeCastro. He’s becoming far and away my favourite first round choice.

    2. Leon McFadden, CB, SDSU

    I’m going with a receiver later so here’s my alternate to Dobson. I see McCourty getting a permanent switch to safety and I’m hoping Talib is enough of a success to warrant a long-term contract. When I scout, one of the things that I rate very highly is good fundamentals for the position. McFadden has these in spades. Whilst he doesn’t have ideal size (5’10”) and doesn’t overpower blockers in the run game, he is an outstanding tackler. In pass defense he has great zone awareness and the speed to run one on one with receivers all combined with good ball skills. I’ve watched him thrice now and he just does not make mistakes. Whilst he doesn’t have the overall size and athleticism to go much higher than this his intelligence, leadership and position skills make him a really nice pick. I think he’s a little like Casey Hayward.

    3. Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon St.

    Last year I fell in love with Marvin Jones. This is my Marvin Jones for this year. Another very fundamentally sound guy. Very good blocker, has high 4.3 to low 4,4 speed and has outstanding hands. Like McFadden he’s another with really good intangibles.

    7A) John Boyett, S, Oregon

    Only 5-10 and out for the year with an injury, but Boyett is 2nd-3rd round talent when healthy. I see his ability as somewhere between Patrick Chung and Harrison Smith and in the seventh round, I’d consider that a steal.

    7B) Spencer Nealy, DT, Texas A&M

    I haven’t studied nearly closely enough but I regret to say that my 7th rounder had his way with your 1st rounder in their recent match up. Certainly jumped on to my radar after that game. Nothing personal you understand.

    Would appreciate your thoughts.

  2. Lundahl says:

    I agree Dobson has good potential. And as always, last year the entire local medias absolutely wanted a wide receiver but the talent was low to be honest. But Dobson is a really an interesting prospect. My opinion is that BB should go draft a or a couple of DL. But certainly, depth at the secondary is never enough, and the safety position is still a concern. We need more depth. BB will not trade up (in my opinion but we never know) for an offensive lineman, their prospect will have to still be on the board. Yet, two years ago, they drafted Cannon listed as a guard. So, not too sure about the O-line pick. Lets go get some DTs and 3/4 DEs.

  3. Brian says:

    One guy that I’m hoping the pats will have a chance to draft is Ezekiel “ziggy’ Ansah. He’s flying up boards but with the depth of DL talent available, he might be there for us. He has had some dominant games recently and has only been playing football for 2 years. Other than that I hope we don’t take an OL in the first round. The Patriots seem to get by every year with fill-ins and practice squad members on the line so it wouldn’t be very good value taking a guard so early.

    • sp&sg says:

      Look at when the hurry up offense really came into play and why…. Look at personel changes related to it.
      One just needs 2c that MANKINS & WILFORK need some help regarding their longevity; they cannot be the be all alone all their carrer can they?
      The player’s, the injuries, the fill in’s to work with…now look at our Offencive line “reality”. I feel it states the 1st move is a versitile O-line guy without question, and the best that can be had.
      Regarding TALIB…. .. McCOURTY and the rest shuffled proper or traded, I’d say a really strong defense line man after the o-lineman. Both will do us just right.


      • Alex says:

        Err, have you seen the play of Donald Thomas and Nick McDonald this season? They’ve been pretty good for backups! Cannon has looked serviceable at tackle, but we’ll see, his preseason was terrible.

        In my mind this is what I’d like to see drafted (I give ranges on rounds, to do with priority, but also to ensure some sort of best player available selection criteria). I am aware that we currently don’t have picks in some of the rounds I’ve chosen.

        4-3 DE / 3-4 OLB / Pass rush specialist (1st-2nd round)
        Free Safety (1st – 3rd round)
        DT faster pass rusher (have Love and Wilfork to stuff the middle) (2nd – 4th round)
        WR (2nd – 5th round)
        4-3 OLB coverage specialist (3rd -7th round)
        Depth Offensive Tackle (4th-7th round)
        WR (6th-7th round)

        This could be changed depending on the progress of Cannon (OT), Dane Fletcher (OLB) as well as negatively by whether Talib is good and gets resigned, as well as where Dowling is next camp.

        My current thoughts on a mock draft based on what I’ve read about prospects and not seen:

        1 – Dion Jordon, DE, Oregon or Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
        2 – Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall or Da’Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech
        3 – Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia or Robert Lester, S, Alabama
        7 ?
        7 ?

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