Open Thread: Three Players New England Would Love to Draft in the First Round

Tavon Austin Patriots Draft

The Patriots can dream… right? (US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Tony Santorsa

It’s always uncertain if Bill Belichick is going to stay put in the first round, as we have seen the Patriots trade out of the first round time and time again. However, that trend ended last year, as New England actually made two selections in the first round and traded forward to make those selections.

Assuming that the Patriots do draft at No. 29 overall, here are three players that the Patriots would love to have available on the board.

Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

Somehow, someway—if Tavon Austin is around when the Patriots are on the clock, then they’ll have to take him. There’s no way around it.

Austin is this year’s most dynamic play-making offensive weapon. Austin will not just play lined up in the slot, but he can play on the outside or even line up in the backfield.

Ultimately, Austin has a little bit of Percy Harvin and Wes Welker and a mix of Darren Sproles in him.

Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

There’s no doubt in my mind that Desmond Trufant is going to be a top tier cornerback in the NFL.

Trufant possesses the ideal size to be a phsyical, shut-down corner as he stands in at 5’11” and weighs 190 pounds.

Trufant is a excellent in man-coverage and is solid in zone coverage as well as being stout against the run—he recognizes run-plays very fast.

All in all, Trufant has all the talent in the world to be a very reliable shut-down cornerback as well as possessing  the right amount of leadership to be an NFL team’s captain.

Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

Ezekiel Ansah is one of the most raw-talented players available in this year’s class, but his biggest knock is that he’s only played organized football for a couple of years.

The Ghanaian-born defensive end stands in at 6″5″ and weighs a solid 270 pounds. Ansah is a very explosive pass-rusher that is very quick to his first step and possesses the ability to out-maneuver opposing blockers with his stout hand-usage.

When I watch Ansah play, I see comparisons to New York’s Jason Pierre-Paul. However, Ansah is a very raw player and does have some work to do considering that he’s played only for three years.

Your Turn: Who are three players, realistic or not, you’d love to see the Patriots take?

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18 Responses to “Open Thread: Three Players New England Would Love to Draft in the First Round”

  1. Barry says:

    Unless the Pats are trading way up in this draft they no chance whatsoever to get Austin or Ziggy Ansah. Trufant to me is over rated because he is small and not good in run support. Datone Jones would be an excellent fit for their defense and is versatile a hallmark of BB’s picks. Justin Hunter would give the Pats a player who can take the top off of the defense which they have not had since Randy Moss shot his way out of town. The most intriguing guy who could fall to them is Bjoern Werner who across from Chandler Jones would be a disruptive force for the team which needs more pass rush.

  2. Brian says:

    Ziggy Ansah, Star Lotulelei, and Dion Jordan. More realistically I hope for Sylvester Williams, Datone Jones or Chance Wormack ( so we can rid ourselves of Mankins salary).

    More importantly I hope that Da’Rick Rogers lasts until our pick in the 3rd round and we take him with the opportunity. If it wasn’t for his getting kicked off Tennessee, I think he would have been a top 15 pick in this draft.

    • acm says:

      hardly anything realistic about Warmack falling to 29, tbh.
      Also, mankins’ contract includes a ton of dead money for the next 2 years, iirc, so getting rid of him would make little sense.

  3. acm says:

    realistic options: Datone Jones, Jesse Williams, Tank Carradine.

  4. AM says:

    My three would be DeAndre Hopkins, Desmond Trufant, and Bjoern Werner. Actually, at this point, there is a chance that all might be available at #29.

  5. Cam M says:

    My favorite three players would be Tank Carradine, Markus Wheaton, and Jesse Williams. All three are guys that I think could be impact players on our team.

  6. Victor Kiam's ghost says:

    My three choices would be Sharif Floyd, Tank Carradine, and a cornerback either one of the three Rhodes, Trufant or Taylor. Defense defense defense.

  7. mjp says:

    How does Ansah remind you of JPP? Certainly not in terms of pass-rushing ability. In 1 series of 1 game at SFU you can see JPP’s natural pass-rush ability, he was raw but at least he showed edge-rush moves.

    Ansah has nothing even remotely resembling an edge-rush arsenal, if he can’t stack/shed the blocker and chase down the QB then he’s a non factor, which is why you see him trying to swat passes so much, he can’t get past blockers. He also gets gassed, just a ton of work with a ton of risk. He probably should be available at 29 but I wouldn’t want to make that choice.

    Maybe you meant Dion Jordan, a dynamic edge-rusher who can cover TE’s, even certain slot WR’s. Had Jordan not spent a good portion of his snaps in coverage he easily would have totaled 10+ sacks, even so he’s a top-5 or top-10 pick. Best of both worlds for the Pats.

  8. Nuf Ced says:

    ah yeah… back to reality

    Give me Jamie Collins from Southern Miss, at some point Ty Powell and Montori Hughes.

    • Nuf Ced says:

      Oh and I forgot my favorite WR in this draft Charles Johnson from Grand Valley State… flat out athlete with size… and HANDS (veiled shot at Justin Hunter)

      • J H TARBORO says:

        Charles Johnson will be special if given the opportunity!

      • acm says:

        very good late round option for a big-bodied WR – they actually worked him out, so let’s hope he’ made an impression.

  9. Ken W says:

    Dion Jordan
    Dee Milliner
    Kenny Vaccaro

    Defense still needs a few more pieces to get them over the hump and possibly win a few more Super Bowls while Brady is still here.

    Bonus pick for offense: Tavon Austin
    Is just an electric weapon that can change games.

  10. kevin says:

    Xavier Rhodes, datone Jones, Justin hunter all have the ability to be game changers at the next level

  11. J H TARBORO says:

    Tony, nice article my 3 Tavon Austin, Dion Jordan, Xiavier Rhodes

    • J H TARBORO says:

      Kent State Dri Archer is next years Tavon Austin but faster and wears the #1 also.

  12. Eric says:

    I want DJ Hayden in the first round. He’s going to be a special player.

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