2013 NFL Draft: Potential Patriots in the Cotton Bowl

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Could Ryan Swope be a possible target in the 2013 NFL Draft for New England? (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: James Christensen

While the Cotton Bowl isn’t technically a “BCS” bowl game, from a 2013 NFL Draft standpoint, it is one of the best. With five potential first round picks playing, there will be a lot of NFL scouts watching this game.

Read on to see which of these talented players are “Potential Patriots.”

Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M (#1 Outside LB / #5 Defensive End)
As our scouting report for Damontre Moore at BBD states, he is the complete package. He has some power, size, speed, technique, motor and the will to win.

Unfortunately for Patriots fans, he will probably be off the board before the Patriots have a chance to pick. If they do get the chance to move up for him, however, adding a 3-4 OLB / 4-3 DE that can rush the passer is pretty hard to pass up for a hybrid defense.

Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M (#15 Receiver)
Swope is a potential Wes Welker replacement, but he really isn’t the same player. Swope is pretty rocked up at over 200 pounds and runs the ball like a tailback once it is in his hands.

I don’t like the way he was used this year at times, our friends at BuffaloBillsDraft.com have him picked as their breakout guy at the Senior Bowl. He should find a role as a slot guy that can win both inside and outside, also being able to get vertical at times. Look for him to be a late pick on day two of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma (#2 Safety)
When I talked to Jefferson after the Sooners’ victory over the Iowa State Cyclones, he mentioned to me how much he loves playing in the box. At 5’11” and 200 pounds, he more than holds his own there, but I like him even more playing a deep safety.

Jefferson has excelled at both safety positions for Oklahoma. He is as adept covering a deep half as he is blowing up running backs in the backfield. Jefferson didn’t create as many turnovers or have as many sacks as he did as a sophomore, but his team lead in tackles and 2011 tape shows what kind of impact he can make on a defense.

I expect Jefferson to declare for the 2013 NFL Draft and be a fringe first round selection.

Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma (#19 Receiver)
Stills is an enigma at the receiver position. At times, he is flaky with his effort and looks afraid of getting hurt. Then he’ll go out and show some fiery attitude, unreal athleticism and great body control.

I think he’ll be a complementary piece in the NFL, but could find a role as an intermediate-deep threat like current Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd. While Stills does get most of the publicity, his teammate Justin Brown might end up being the better pro.

Other Prospects to Watch:
Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
Justin Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Trey Millard, FB, Oklahoma
Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
Demontre Hurst, CB, Oklahoma

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