2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Projections As Free Agency Shifts Draft Strategies

Geno Smith’s draft projection is on the rise following West Virginia’s pro day.

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Updated 3/21

For those of us who take the task of producing mock drafts throughout the year, the free-agency period is a game-changer. Just a week into free agency, many previous mock draft projections have had to be completely scrapped, as teams’ projected draft strategies have changed with free agents changing hands from old to new teams.

In addition to free agency changing the personnel needs of each teams, some prospects’ draft stocks are also rising and falling with their pro day performances.

While the top pick in my mock draft projection has not changed, many of the projected selections are very different than they were even just before the start of free agency, as a result of who teams have signed/lost and which players are still on the board at each pick as the board shifts.

Third-round compensatory selections earned by Houston, Kansas City and Tennessee have been factored in this mock draft update, as well as potential trades and trades that have actually happened which have caused picks to change hands.

1. Kansas City Chiefs: Sheldon Richardson, DE, Missouri

The Kansas City Chiefs need a difference-maker on their defensive line, especially following the loss of free-agent defensive end Glenn Dorsey to the San Francisco 49ers. As a result of that, a smart strategy for the Chiefs with the No. 1 overall pick would be to choose between the many top defensive line prospects on the board.

The Chiefs will be looking for a versatile interior defensive lineman who can line up at 5-technique defensive end, which gives them a choice between Missouri’s Sheldon Richardson, Utah’s Star Lotulelei and Florida’s Sharrif Floyd.

The best fit among them for the Chiefs is Richardson. Lotulelei is the top talent among the trio, but he faces serious health concerns after being sent home from the combine early with a heart condition. Between Richardson and Floyd, Richardson is the more natural interior pass-rusher, and the better fit to slide to defensive end as a 5-technique on the Chiefs’ three-man defensive front.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

The Jacksonville Jaguars sent a full contingent general manager David Caldwell, head coach Gus Bradley, offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch, director of player personnel Terry McDonough and vice president of technology and football analytics Tony Kahn to West Virginia’s pro day last Thursday, according to the Jaguars’ official Twitter account.

Considering that came just days into the start of NFL free agency, it would be hard to believe the Jaguars don’t have legitimate interest in drafting WVU quarterback Geno Smith at the No. 2 overall pick.

If Gus Bradley is going to build a defense reminiscent to what he had in Seattle as Seahawks defensive coordinator last year, the Jaguars would be smart to draft one of the top defensive prospects in the class with the No. 2 overall pick. That said, there is no clear-cut choice in a class that lacks elite prospects, and going all in for a potential upgrade over Blaine Gabbert could easily end up becoming the Jaguars’ plan if their contingent was impressed in Morgantown.

Caldwell previously said at the NFL Scouting Combine that the quarterback competition would be “wide-open” (per NFL.com), but if the Jaguars believe Smith can be the franchise quarterback they need, chances are good they will draft him to fill that opening.

3. Oakland Raiders: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

The Oakland Raiders have made a number of free-agent additions to their defensive front seven, but improving their pass-rush still persists as one of their most pressing needs. The Raiders would be smart to select the draft class’ best all-around defensive end, Bjoern Werner.

Werner may not be the athletic freak that Barkevious Mingo, Dion Jordan or Ezekiel Ansah is, but he is a much more well-rounded and polished football player. If the Raiders want to draft a player who can come in and immediately bolster their pass-rush while also being a three-down contributor who can make plays against the run, Werner is the right man for the selection.

4. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

The Philadelphia Eagles have made some moves to start addressing their many defensive needs early in free agency, which really leaves them open for drafting the best player available at the No. 4 overall pick. The best player in the entire draft class is Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel, and the Eagles shouldn’t pass him if afforded the opportunity to draft him.

Joeckel could be a franchise player to lead the Eagles’ offensive line for many years to come. For a unit that struggled with injuries and disappointing performances in 2012, the long, angular and athletic Joeckel could be a leader and star for the group going forward.

Jason Peters is one of the NFL’s best left tackles but is coming off multiple injuries to his Achilles tendon. If Peters returns to his All-Pro form, Joeckel could be an immediate upgrade at right tackle, which would allow the Eagles to fill a need at right guard by shifting Todd Herremans inside, all the while grooming Joeckel into their left tackle of the future.

A defensive lineman in Utah’s Star Lotulelei or Florida’s Sharrif Floyd would also be a very good choice here, but with Lotulelei facing medical concerns and Floyd not necessarily being a natural fit for the 3-4 defense, Joeckel is the most solid choice for the Eagles in this scenario.

5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

The Detroit Lions are going to have a new pair of starting offensive tackles next season. Longtime left tackle Jeff Backus retired, while right tackle Gosder Cherilus signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Drafting one of those offensive tackles with the No. 5 overall pick would be a very smart move for the Lions, and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher is among the draft’s top talents.

Drafting Fisher would be the second consecutive first-round offensive tackle selected by the Lions, as they selected Iowa’s Riley Reiff with the No. 23 overall pick last season. Whether Reiff projects as the team’s long-term left tackle, however, is very much in question.

Fisher is a very good left tackle prospect who projects to be among the league’s top pass protectors for many years to come. By selecting Fisher, the Lions can keep Reiff at right tackle or inside at guard, while upgrading with a player who can come in immediately and lead the effort to keep Matt Stafford’s backside clean.

TRADE: The Buffalo Bills trade the No. 8 and No. 71 overall selections to the Cleveland Browns for the No. 6 overall selection.

6. Buffalo Bills (from Cleveland Browns): Matt Barkley, QB, USC

The Buffalo Bills’ need for a new quarterback was clear even before they released starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Fitzpatrick now out of the mix, the Bills’ top priority for the 2013 NFL draft should become finding a player who they believe to be capable of being their franchise quarterback, and putting themselves in the right position to draft him.

If that quarterback is USC’s Matt Barkley, they may very well have to move up to draft him. Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller tweeted in February that Barkley is not expected to get past the Cardinals at the No. 7 overall pick, and with Kevin Kolb having been released and both Joeckel and Fisher off the board in this scenario, the chances of the Cardinals drafting Barkley appear increasingly likely.

The proposed trade here makes sense for both sides. By sacrificing their third-round pick, the Bills could ensure the chance to select Barkley if they in fact target him as a potential franchise quarterback. Meanwhile, the Browns are a team likely to explore trading down, and without a second-round pick, picking up even a third-round selection would be a good move for them.

7. Arizona Cardinals: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

This scenario is one that would be far from ideal for the Arizona Cardinals. With Joeckel, Fisher, Smith and Barkley all off the board, the top two prospects at their two biggest positions of need are already off the board. That said, they wouldn’t have to settle too much by drafting Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson in their stead.

While Johnson is not as polished as Joeckel or Fisher, he has the most potential of any offensive tackle in the draft class. He is a great athlete with outstanding feet for an offensive tackle, and has a strong core. He has the potential to be a fantastic NFL left tackle, and has experience playing on the right side as well.

While finding a franchise quarterback is the Cardinals’ biggest need, they also must improve the offensive line that will protect that quarterback. With a major need at left tackle, Johnson would be a great choice to lead the pass-protection effort.

8. Cleveland Browns (from Buffalo Bills): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

As the Cleveland Browns’ roster currently stands, trading down and still being able to select Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner would be a best-case scenario.

The Browns have one of the NFL’s best cornerbacks in Joe Haden, but have a major need to fill opposite him. They could still fill that need by signing the top remaining free-agent cornerback, Brent Grimes, who was flown into Cleveland earlier this week on a private jet according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. But with or without Grimes, Milliner should be among the top targets on the Browns’ draft board.

Milliner is a long, athletic cornerback with the potential to be a true shutdown corner at the next level, and would form a potentially elite tandem with Haden. A potential top-five pick, Milliner is worth selecting at No. 8, and would be a great addition to continue the Browns’ effort to rebuild their defense.

9. New York Jets: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia

The New York Jets have a major need for finding an outside linebacker for their 3-4 defense who can really get after opposing pass-rushers. There are a number of tempting options available in this scenario, but the best among them is Georgia’s Jarvis Jones.

Jones’ stock is tough to predict due to medical concerns with his spinal stenosis, but health risks aside, Jones is one of the best players in the 2013 NFL draft class. Having played the position at Georgia, Jones is a natural fit to play outside linebacker in the Jets’ defense, and is a great athlete and active playmaker who can be the edge rusher the Jets need but also make plays all over the field against the run.

LSU’s Barkevious Mingo, Oregon’s Dion Jordan and BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah are all rising prospects who could also be in the mix at this selection for the Jets. The most polished all-around player among them, however, is Jones, who can come in and be an immediate standout on the Jets’ defensive front seven.

10. Tennessee Titans: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, Brigham Young

The Tennessee Titans have a decent pair of starting defensive ends in Derrick Morgan and Kamerion Wimbley, but lack a big-impact player at the position. With a number of free-agent signings at other positions that have addressed some of the team’s greater needs, the Titans seem to be angling themselves toward making a run at one of the draft’s premier pass-rushing prospects.

Of all the top defensive ends in the 2013 draft class, none has seemed to rise more over the course of the season than BYU’s Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah has a very raw game that lacks solid technique, but he is a boom-or-bust prospect who flashes the athleticism and skill set to develop into a star.

Taking Ansah in the top 10 picks is a big risk, but it is appearing more and more likely he will be selected in that range of the draft, and the Tennessee Titans are a potential fit.

11. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina

The San Diego Chargers’ greatest need is to revamp their offensive line, a need that has become even greater with the loss of guard Louis Vasquez to the Denver Broncos. With the top left tackles off the board, the Chargers should turn their sights to selecting one of the draft’s top two guards, North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper or Alabama’s Chance Warmack.

Either is good value outside of the top 10 and both are fantastic prospects, but while Warmack has been hyped more, Cooper could end up being drafted ahead of him. Cooper has rare athleticism for a guard, but is also strong and powerful as a run blocker

A guard is not a sexy first-round pick, but Cooper would be an immediate upgrade on the interior offensive line with All-Pro potential. The Chargers need to rebuild their offensive line, and Cooper would be a great start.

12. Miami Dolphins: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Losing Sean Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs leaves the Miami Dolphins with a massive void at the cornerback position. Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks is a big, physical cornerback who is the draft’s second-best defensive back, and could be the replacement the Dolphins need for Smith in the secondary.

Banks has subpar speed for a cornerback, but he makes up for it with his instincts, physicality, length and ball skills. The Dolphins are in dire need of cornerbacks who can come in and play immediately, and they can get that from Banks, who is a polished playmaker.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

There is a lot of value on the board in this scenario at defensive tackle. The Buccaneers should take advantage of that value and add a top prospect who can form an elite defensive tackle tandem with Gerald McCoy.

There are four defensive tackles available who would all be great value at this selection, but Utah’s Star Lotulelei would be the hardest for the Buccaneers to pass up.

Although his stock could slip after being sent home early from the NFL Scouting Combine with a heart concern, he is a near-complete package on the field. Lotulelei has the size and power to occupy blockers as a nose tackle next to McCoy, but is also an explosive penetrator who will not only free up his teammates to make plays, but be an interior pass-rusher himself.

Lotulelei participated in a full workout at his pro day Friday, which is a good sign for his health, and he is the top talent available on the board if his health checks out.

14. Carolina Panthers: Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama

The Carolina Panthers are another team who should take advantage of the value on the board at defensive tackle. They have a major need to upgrade their interior defensive line, and should be looking for a player who can significantly improve their presence against the run.

There are three defensive tackles who are great value late in the top 15, but the best fit for the Panthers is Alabama’s Jesse Williams. Williams is the best true nose tackle in the draft class, with great size and point-of-attack strength, but he also has surprising quickness for his size which makes him more disruptive than just a space-eater.

15. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

The biggest hole on the New Orleans Saints’ defense as they transition to the 3-4 scheme next season is their lack of a premier pass-rusher at outside linebacker. With the No. 15 overall pick, the Saints should stay close to home and add that player in LSU’s Barkevious Mingo.

Although a defensive end at LSU, Mingo is best suited to play 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. He is an explosive athlete who is a dynamic rusher off the edge, while also being a very fluid athlete in space who should be able to make a smooth transition to playing outside linebacker, where he has the speed and quickness to cover ground quickly and make plays.

16. St. Louis Rams: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

The St. Louis Rams have a pressing need at safety, with no legitimate starting options whatsoever following the release of Quintin Mikell and departure of Craig Dahl. The Rams would be smart to use one of their two first-round picks on securing a safety, and the most likely choice is Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro.

Vaccaro is an aggressive, hard-hitting safety who is effective in coverage, can play either safety spot and also line up in slot coverage. He is a versatile defender who can add another playmaker to the Rams’ secondary, and be a big upgrade in both pass coverage and run support at safety.

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56 Responses to “2013 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Projections As Free Agency Shifts Draft Strategies”

  1. Nick says:

    Even though the pats have only five picks this draft, what are the chances they double dip in the receiver position? BB did it before with the TE and RB, why not now with the receivers? Complete the offense for the future. Players like Hunter, Hopkins, Woods, and Dobson would help the offense take it to the next level.

  2. Gary says:

    I’d love to see Dion Jordan slip to #17 insofar as I’m a Pittsburgher and a huge Steeler fan. But, I don’t think it likely. Jarvis Jones, if questions persist about his health, I can see at 17, maybe. But, Shariff Floyd at #18…I don’t think so. Then, to have Eddie Lacy, the only truly legitimate first round RB at 48, well, I had to stop there. Come on man!!! If he gets past Green Bay at 26 the GM of the Packers should be
    executed, not just fired.

  3. J H TARBORO says:

    U. of Geogia LB Jarvis Jones had a disappointing pro day today and it could hurt his draft stock, but not if they watch his game tapes.

  4. joe says:

    Im sorry but this is the worst mock draft ive ever seen. That other one the other night was so much better. This looks like a mock draft from October

  5. joe says:

    Seriously, this guy Dan gets paid to write this garbage. This is the worst mock draft I’ve. Seen yet. First everyone knows KC will either take a OL or trade it also cb banks going ten or something and DE floyed going around 15th. COMMON MAN, this looks like a mock draft from October. I hope you wrote this for free. Dan should have paid me for wasting my time reading this

  6. J H TARBORO says:

    I have a feeling 4QBs are coming off the draft boards in the first 12 picks and most mock drafts are going to be off by 3 spots.

    • Ryan says:

      I wouldn’t have said this before the rookie wage scale, but with the little money 1st round picks make and the fact they are guaranteed a 5th year. There is NO reason to not take a leap on a QB in the first, get the guy you want and hopefully you build around him. Its not like your paying him a lot of money any more, if he doesn’t work out (Weeden) draft again next year.

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Ryan, i looking at how free agency is going to change draft boards and you see some teams talking about receivers, when half their team is missing, knowing they could use CBs, OTs, DTs etc. I don’t apologise for wanting Tavon Austin for the Patriots but it might be a slim to no chance but maybe not, i have been looking at some of teams that need receivers in front of us in the draft, some may value the larger receivers over Austin and ignorance is bliss.

    • cc says:

      You mean around the spot to one of the teams where BB needs to trade Ryan Mallet at with a cpl other players attached like Cunningham, Edelman, and Deaderick?
      That 12th type spot?

  7. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Another possible trade partner for the Patriots is the Cowboys.
    With the Patriots sending #29 1st to Dallas for #47 2nd, and #80 3d round.
    This would improve the Cowboys pick by moving up 18 picks, from thier 2nd pick. Allowing them OT D.J. Fluker, and DE Datone Jones
    The Patriots draft may look like;
    #47- CB Jordan Poyer
    #59- DT Brandon Williams
    #80- LB Cornelius Washington
    #91- WR Mark Harrison

    • Jim R says:

      That would work, Russel, this kid Harrison has all the measurables, what the deal with him?

  8. joeisme says:

    You have the Packers taking a SIXTH tight end in the first round. Idiotic! When they need so much D help they won’t waste a pick on a TE. Round 2 you have them taking a DT. Again wasted pick. They are loaded with DTs. They need 3/4 DEs. Inside wasn’t their problem. Containing the corner was their biggest weakness. They will go in rounds 1&2 one of the following: LT if one slips to them-3/4 DE-Safety-RB in the second or third round only.

  9. td says:

    Am I the only one that thinks BB sees his TE’s as WR’s? Gronk and Hernandez will get 90 catches each if they play 16 games. That leaves Amendola as the 3rd option, probably Vereen as 3rd down back and Jones/yet to be determined as the other wideout. Even though Lloyd had decent stats last year BB was not ready to pay him $4mil as the 4th/5th option.

    The biggest need is pass defense. Do they improve it by getting cover guys, improving the rush or a combo of both. Knowing BB it will be a combo, but not by spending big $$. They need at least one more cover corner and an interior rush guy.

    • AM says:

      Certainly the TEs are (ideally) more prominent in the passing game than the WRs in Belichick’s current system, which is the reverse of most other teams. I think the real issue is that they need someone to threaten down the field in order to keep opposing safeties honest; that in turn opens up the middle of the field and the running game. If Hernandez can be that guy, then the need for another WR is substantially diminished, but I’m not sure he has the raw speed for it.

      Agreed on the pass defense–I’m inclined to think improving the pass rush is the first preference, although part of that will hopefully come from current player development. I’d really like to see either Freeney or Abraham on the roster as a situational pass rusher.

      • td says:

        I’m all for getting Abraham and throwing him in for just pass rushing. He has great production as a pass rush specialist

  10. Stephen S says:

    Hmm I was just thinking which would you rather have Robert Woods in the 2nd or trade the third to Pittsburg for Emmanuel Sanders

  11. Jim R says:

    If they do not move, I do not think they will take a WR in the first 3 rounds.
    Rd 1- CB Rhodes/Trufant/Banks
    Rd 2- DE Lemonier/Simon/Golhston/Simon/Taylor
    Rd 3- Best Ol available or Corner again

  12. Hunter says:

    Can someone explain the fascination many have with the Patriots adding a DT in the draft in the first three rounds? The team literally has ONE proven receiver on the roster in Amendola, who is also injury prone, followed by a developmental prospect in Jones (I live outside Buffalo, the Bills fans are glad to see him go), a ST Captain and a bunch of practice squaders. In the secondary, they have a scumbag with bad hips who also has injury issues, a guy who may or may not be in jail/facing NFL suspension, Kyle “Broken Coverage” Arrington, Dowling and Cole. The way this draft played out, how on earth could you not pick Rhodes/Trufant first and Patton/Wheaton in the 2nd?

    Meanwhile, at DT, the Pats have Pryor, Armstead, and Deaderick, competing for that spot next to Wilfork, with Forston and Love also on the roster. Pryor is the player that everyone is looking for, when healthy. He was a great interior pass rusher two seasons ago.

    I just don’t get how they could pick their 9th ranked DT when higher ranked DBs and WRs are on the board.

    • Hunter says:

      And I didn’t even mention all of the Free Agent DTs that are still out there that could contribute on 3rd down.

      • cc says:

        They need a real DT, not cheapest retreadz or other team leftovers.
        An actual young top tier, tenacious, tough, enthusiastic, high motor-go getter!

    • Ryan says:

      Lets be realistic here:
      1. Dennard will not spend time in jail and even if he does a weekend in jail at most he will be at camp and a starter on day one. Also, he will not face ANY suspension from the NFL. The offense happened while he played college football.

      2. Talib who you refer to as a scumbag plays football very well.

      But I will more than agree with you that CB and WR are early needs. Maybe even RT if we don’t sign anyone.

    • kdog says:

      Personally, I don’t think Deaderick is better at his position than Talib and Dennard are at theirs (YMMV).

      There’s certainly a case to be made for strengthening the DL as a means for helping the secondary succeed.

      That said, if you do want a difference-maker on the DL, you likely have to get him in round 1 or 2.

      It seems to me that the CB value in this draft is 3rd round, WR value is 2nd or 3rd round.

      I think we could go a lot of different ways in this draft. . . DT is only one. . . you have to draft players, not positions.

      All that said, I agree with those who have said they’d draft Rhodes in this scenario – or trade back!

    • AM says:

      I agree that WR and CB are major issues, but I think the focus on DT is based on the fact that the team’s pass rush is awful.

      When Chandler Jones went down with an injury, the rush was virtually nonexistent–any team that depends on a rookie that much for such a critical aspect badly needs a talent infusion. Ninkovich is solid to good, but he’s not really a rusher; more of a “hustle” player. Wilfork is unbelievable, but he’s just one player. That leaves one spot on the line that isn’t producing and can be upgraded. Hence, the focus on upgrading at DT. (Armstead may be that guy, of course, but there’s no telling just yet.)

  13. Ryan says:

    Many mocks have Tavon lasting until 23 with Minn. If the Patriots had to give up a pick or two, would it be worth it to get him at this point?

    With Ammendola and possibly Edelman I’m not sure we would take him anyway? Thoughts?

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Absolutely, only if we can trade Mallett for picks

    • Hunter says:

      No. The Patriots do not need a slot receiver, they need a perimeter guy (or 3). Also with only 3 useful draft picks I don’t see a scenario worth trading up for, unless it’s to get Trufant, and even then I’d be hesitant due to deep CB options

      • Ryan says:

        My thought being the same as last year. With Ballard, Ras I, Demps, Vega and Armstead. I’m not sure the Pats have as many roster spots as we would like to think. While there is no guarantee any of them make the team. It just feels like we want quality over quantity.

        • Ken W says:

          Good point, but depends on how many they lose to FA.

        • J H TARBORO says:

          Ryan i hope Demps comes back from Track&field to make the squad, think of the real possibilities if we get this guy acclimated into our offense, i was watching his youtube highlights again, he is no lie the fastest running back and he has really good hands too. If BB and Mcdaniels can get Demps back to football and get him committed to the game, this realistically could be the best weapon the Patriots have and Leon Washington’s stay could be cut.

        • AM says:

          I agree that there are always fewer roster spots than it appears, but I have a feeling that three of those guys (Demps, Dowling, Vega) may not even make the team. There are also usually surprise cuts that require backfilling.

  14. Ken W says:

    If this is how it went I would prefer this:

    1st Rhodes CB
    2nd Patton WR
    3rd Ertz TE (great value)

    • Ryan says:

      Love it until TE, dont we have like 6 on the roster?

      • patsfan says:

        Im with you. Not sure why they would use one of their limited picks on a TE. There are 5 on the roster with 3 of them under 25 I think. I do like Rhodes and Patten tho.

        I think they trade back for a 2nd and a couple of 4s and double up on WR in the 2nd and 3rd round. I would like Hopkins, Patton, Allen or Wheaton. After that draft on value, trading back when the value isnt there for remaining needs of DT, CB, Interior OL, LB/DE.

        • Ken W says:

          I agree that the Pats don’t need a TE, but I also know that BB likes to take best player available most of the time. It would be better to trade back and get a 4th and 5th or 6th. Then you could get:

          Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
          and a OLineman

  15. Ken W says:

    Warmack should be in the top ten, top 15 at worst due to position.

  16. Ken W says:

    Ertz at the end of the 3rd! The difference between him and Eifert isn’t that big.

  17. Stephen S says:

    Hmm Woods over Hopkins, Trufant, Cyprien and Jones tough call I’d personally would take Hopkins over Woods durabilty concerns me but Trufant over Hopkins and address receiver later thats my two cents for what its worth lol.

  18. Kjb008 says:

    No offense but this 1st round is trash. Way to many reaches.

  19. Russell Easterbrooks says:

    Well I think the Patriots trade back, with Tampa.
    #29 1st for, #43 2nd, #109 4th, #123 4th. This allows Tampa to get DT Lotulelei with #13, and CB Rhodes with #29.
    The Patriots look like:
    #43- DT Brandon Williams
    #59- LB/DE Cornalius Washington
    #91- OG/T Brian Winters
    #109- CB Micah Hyde
    #123- WR Mark Harrison
    7th- TE Mychal Rivera
    7th- OG/C T.J. Johnson

    • Ryan says:

      I like the thought process but I’d imagine the Patriots would get more than that.

      My guess is a 2nd 3rd and a 5th.

    • J H TARBORO says:

      i hope it happens

    • Hunter says:

      I will literally punch a baby if the Patriots draft a DT before CB and WR

      • munchkin says:

        Let it go man. Love, Deaderick and and an oft injured Pryor are part of the long term problem, not the solution. If they can get a DT at 29 that is a value pick then I am all for it. The offense isn’t a problem, they can score points. The D needs help. And with Dennard, Talib and Arrington the need along the D line may be greater. BPA, if that is a WR so be it.

      • Russell Easterbrooks says:

        Wilfork is not getting an younger, and BB needs to think of the future. If Wilfork gets hurt,…. The Dline is in trouble. I think DT Brendon Williams is a guy that the Patriots will target, and CAN get. Jesse Williams will be an option, but chances are he is gone early.

        • cc says:

          All day DT/NT@ 29!
          A long awaited compliment to Wilfork on the line.
          imo jessie williams is who I’m shooting for & I use a next year 3rd round pick tossed in if I need 2 jump for him and swap.

    • AM says:

      I doubt that Rhodes will be available at #29, but if he is, forget trading back–the Patriots should pounce.

  20. Ryan says:

    Love Woods in the first and Alford in the 3rd. I’m not sure Woods will be there, but then again I personally have him a lot higher than most. The whole draft will hinge on how many QB’s and OT’s/OG’s go in the first round. A lot of good talent could fall as a result. Otherwise I really see the Pats moving out of the first. Possible trade with the Chiefs.

  21. Steve Leggett says:

    NO WAY Pats draft Woods here – maybe with their 2nd pick. Too many good DL, OL & CB’s available.

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