Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK***
posted at 3/22/2011 9:38 PM EDT
Just saw this Mock by Cirminiello on Path to the Draft. I forgot Cleveland was switching to the 4-3. I actually think this mock makes a ton of sense.
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So, do we make a play to get to 7 using 17 and 33 for Peterson? Assuming the above holds true, Peterson at 7 would be considered the best value in all the draft. But it just isn't BB's way to move up that far.
I've done some research on what local experts on the remaining teams are saying about who their choice should be.
Quinn and Watt are on the board with Houston on the clock at 11. If the above unfolds, Houston is in a bind because their top needs are TE, DT, SF, SS and CB. However Houston is switching to a 3-4 under Wade Phillips. After ranking last in the NFL in point allowed, Houston is going defense. If Dallas takes Prince, Houston could benefit from a 5 technique in Watt or Jordan or take Quinn and move him around from OLB to DE in nickel sets. Or, Houston could look to trade down to put Jimmy Smith at a more affordable position, perhaps with the Pats. My research has Quinn, Watt, Jordan, Jimmy Smith in that order. Quinn being here is great value so I'll go with Quinn.
The Vikings need a QB. With the lockout they cannot find one so must turn to the draft. MIN is an aging team that is missing only a QB to contend. Mallett is largely considered the most NFL ready and while he is a bust or boom pick, Minnesota really doesn't have a choice. Their other options are Watt, Jordan and Aldon Smith.
The Lions need a CB so bad they might take a risk on Jimmy Smith. They might trade down to get him cheaper. They could be the first team to take an OT but from the local research, the Lions will likely take a DE to pair up with Suh. Suh said as much in a recent interview. The DEs that make sense are Aldon Smith, Cam Jordan, JJ Watt and Ryan Kerrigan. As a 43 team, Watt makes the least sense. Cameron Jordan is a bit smaller and more explosive than Watt and experts are saying Jordan is a better fit as a 43 end. Jordan is ahead of Smith and Kerrigan on most boards so he will be the Lions choice.
The Rams would love to see Jones on the board but he won't last. Their next choice would be DE but Quinn and Jordan, their top choices are gone so they address their next highest need, DT. The best DT on the board is Corey Liuget. I look for the Rams to trade down if they can before taking Liuget.
On to Miami at 15. Conventional wisdom says Ingram but let's not forget, Ireland has not taken an offensive skill player in the top 2 rounds in his 3 year tenure. Most local sources think Miami will attempt to trade down. I agree with this logic with NE and SD likely vying for JJ Watt. However, assuming Miami stays put they know they can land a RB in the 3rd or 4th round (they don't have a 2nd round pick). I see them looking at but passing on Pouncey, looking at but passing on Torrey Smith and instead drafting a Florida kid and draft riser, Christian Ponder.
In Jacksonville, the local press thinks Christian Ponder, Cam Jordan or Aldon Smith are the top choices. With the first two gone, this leave Aldon.
NEW ENGLAND GETS JJ WATT AT 17. I wish it were that easy. SD has a propensity to make bold moves up for players they love and next to NE, they have the most ammo to do it. However, if they stay put, we get Watt. I didn't even wish this into being, it just fell into place.
The above considers no trades but there will be trades in the top 17, a bunch of them. So all bets are off.