Mock Draft Monday: Moving Out!

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

NEPD Staff Contributor: Jeff Fidler


Well, its officially draft month. We are just 25 days away from the draft and Jeff and I have a ton of content that we are still going to get out to you all. Jeff is in the final stages of his Patriots Type Players series and I will begin my Big Board series this week as well. Before we get to the meat and potatoes of our draft information, lets have a little fun. One thing Patriots fans have to be prepared for is the inevitable trade down and out of the first round. Belichick values value and when you are picking late in each round, sometimes it is better to get more shots at the dart board. So today, Jeff and I have each come up with a scenario in which the Patriots trade down to acquire more picks.

Jeff’s Mock:

Round 2 Pick 4 (IND):  Harrison, Ronnie, SS, Alabama (B)

Round 2 Pick 11:  Evans, Rashaan, OLB/ILB, Alabama (A-)

Round 3 Pick 3 (IND):  Rudolph, Mason, QB, Oklahoma State (A)

Round 3 Pick 9 (MIA):  Sutton, Courtland, WR, Southern Methodist (A+)

Round 3 Pick 31:  Meeks, Quenton, CB, Stanford (A)

Round 4 Pick 36:  Brown, Orlando, OT, Oklahoma (A+)

Round 6 Pick 31:  Coutee, Keke, WR, Texas Tech (A+)

Round 7 Pick 5 (MIA):  Frazier, Marcell, DE, Missouri (A)

Round 7 Pick 11 (MIA):  Rotimi, Bunmi, DE, Old Dominion (A)

Jeff’s Thoughts:

Harrison & Evans Give Us 2 Versatile defenders That Have their best in front of them. I really wanted to complement the front 7 with these 2 picks.  Rudolph, Sutton & KeKe we’re all great Value imo. Rudolph fits our fold & has several new weapons that has happen to be positions in need after next year. Frazier & Bunmi are both guys that have flashed something nice the last 2 years. Inconsistent but some upside. Both guys fit the mold in some areas.


Mike’s Draft:

Big Board: Joe Marino-NDT Scouting over at Fanspeak

Trade #1: Patriots Trade Round 1(31) to the Bears for Round 2 (39) Round 4(115) and Round 6 (181)

Trade #2: Patriots Trade Round 6(181) and Round 6 (210) to the Lions for Round 5 (153)

Round 2 Pick 7: Tyrell Crosby, OT, Oregon: Crosby is pro ready from a run blocking standpoint and while he needs some time to develop as a pass protector, the tools are all there. I love his demeanor as a blocker and in a class that does not have more than 1 or 2 plug and play Tackles, Crosby’s upside is worth taking here and developing.

Round 2, pick 11:  Lorenzo Carter, Edge/LB, Georgia: While Carter never really had a true position in College, his size and athleticism make him a chess piece type player in the NFL. He needs to get stronger to be more of a threat as a pass rusher, but if he can do that, he could have a role similar to Jaimie Collins when he was with the team.

Round 2, pick 31: Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond: His game has been compared to Jimmy G and his draft position will probably be similar too. Smart player who throws an accurate ball and has a quick release. He needs to get stronger to be more of a threat downfield and outside the hashes, but I think with some development he can be a starter in this league.

Round 3, pick 31: Rashaan Gaulden, CB/S, Tennessee: I might be higher on Gaulden than most, so if I can get him here, I am a happy man. Although he did not test well, I think Gaulden is a good athlete who can be a great option as a slot corner or Safety. He is tough as nails and will come up and make a hit. He could play a similar role to Patrick Chung, who is getting to the end of his career.

Round 4, pick 15: Nyheim Hynes, RB, NC State: On tape, Hynes seems tailor made to be a Patriot. While he is not a true 3 down RB, he is not just a passing down back either. Hynes is a natural pass catcher and is skilled enough to run routes from the slot if asked. As a runner, he shows good vision and wiggle to get through small windows. He is also a good return man and could have a job on special teams as well. He would be a nice replacement for Dion Lewis.

Round 4, pick 36: Danny Johnson, CB, Southern: Johnson is a quick twitch athlete that is a pure playmaker. He is not the biggest player and I would like to see him add some weight to his frame to hold up, but he is electric. He has experience as a punt and kick returner as well and this might be where he sees the field first. Did not play in the slot in college, but will probably be his best option in the NFL, so there could be some growing pains for the small school prospect.

Round 5, pick 16: Brian O’Neill, OT, Pitt: From a profile perspective, O’Neill is a prototypical Patriots Tackle. Tall and very athletic, O’Neill looks the part of a NFL left Tackle. He is a former basketball player/TE convert player that lacks the core strength to play right now. If he can get into the system and mass to that long lanky frame, he could have a future. The Patriots move up to get a guy they would like to develop.

Round 7, pick 1: Richie James, WR: MTSU: James is another one of those players that just looks like he should be in a Patriots uniform after draft day. He is a small school prospect who has a chance to be the next great slot receiver for the Patriots. Give him time to develop like they did with Edelman, and by next year, he could be ready to take over that job.



8 Responses to “Mock Draft Monday: Moving Out!”

  1. lucasfdez says:

    Jeff your mock draft is so perfect, that there is no way it could happen. You cover almost every spot we need but I still know BB will draft a player in the 2 round that no one knows about, maybe a safety or a CB…but if I could have a dream draft this would be it.
    My only concerns are: Rashaan Evans and Rudolph will be long gone before you have them picked, I think they are 1st Evans and 2 round, Rudolph.
    And the trade with Miami, don’t like it either. Getting just a third and two seventh rounds just doesn’t seem enough. Maybe a 3 and a 5 or something like that
    But still, solid mock draft, the best I have seen so far

  2. Daniel Sullivan says:

    Off subject but Patriots hosted Troy Niklas and Jordan Matthews today from Rotoworld.
    Both would be strong additions to Patriots.

    • brandon maxham says:

      True but the Cardinals offered Matthews a deal ( no details on how long or how much).

  3. steve earle says:

    Question for Jeff: Orlando Brown crashed and burned at the combine yet you still mock him. Will he succeed in the NFL and why?

    • Mike Gerken says:

      I won’t speak for Jeff directly, but I will give my two cents on Brown. I think it was well known that Brown wasn’t going to test well at the combine. Now, I don’t think anyone expected it to be THAT bad, but for me, one day of testing in a Tshirt and shorts does not negate a couple years of tape. He is so big and wide that he finds a different way to be successful.
      The fourth round seems like a good area to take a guy who has some nice tape out there. Again, that is just my opinion.

      • steve earle says:

        Makes some sense for him being drafted around there but does he make sense for the Pat’s? He doesn’t seem like the type OT Bill goes for’ or am I wrong?

        • steve earle says:

          Another really big guy I was interested in earlier was Cody O’Connell OG Wash St. Really tall for OG but does he look to be able to move to RT? His tapes showed pretty good movement for someone his size and he has the length and reach.

        • Mike Gerken says:

          Now that I might agree with you more. Me personally I don’t see him as a great fit. Could have been one of those value picks.

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