Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK***
posted at 4/19/2011 9:32 PM EDT
Here is my latest stab at a mock
#17 to KC for #21 and #86
#28 and #125 to TEN for #39, #77, and #109
#92 to BUF for 2012 2nd Rd and #133
#21 Mike Pouncey-OG-Florida
Currently our biggest hole on the roster. Mankins may not be back, and we could start Connoly and Wendell at OG-yikes! Brady's career may be cut short if we follow through. Puncey is the top OG in the draft, and comes from one of BB's favorite schools.
#33 Mark Ingram-HB-Alabama
With an abundance of picks, why not take a chance with the best HB in the draft. BB drafts for value, not need, and Ingram is a potential stud. Since we have so many picks, we should go for the top talent at HB, which is Ingram. He has the potential to be our #1 back that we've lacked since Corey Dillon.
#39 Jabaal Sheard-DE/OLB-Pittsburgh
BB doesn't like taking conversion types in the 1st, so he adresses the need here. Sheard has good size, and should help bolster our weak pass rush.
#60 Christian Ballard-DE-Iowa
Another favorite school of BB. Ballard is a name that isn't mentioned too much on this board, but is a good pick here. He is a good pass rusher, as well as a run defender. Ballard is good value at this point in the draft.
#74 Joseph Barksdale-OT-LSU
Many consider him the most technically sound lineman in the draft-Scar would love it. BB doesn't take OL too early unless it is a pressing need, and I think BB feels Light will re-sign. Barksdale is good value here, and could step in to the RT position (Vollmer at LT) after a year or so.
#77 Edmond Gates-WR-Abilene Christian
A true burner. Gates is fast, and has good hands. He is the deep threat that the Pats lacked, and should improve our already potent offense.
#109 Buster Skrine-UT Chattenooga
Another burner. Skrine has blazing speed, and provides good ST value-a must at this point in the draft. Skrine should compete with Wilhite to round out our CB crew.
#133 Greg McElroy-QB-Alabama
A smart, accurate, Patriot-type player. McElroy is a good developmental prospect, who should be a terriffic NFL backup. The Pats are good a developing QB's so he may be even better. If McElroy looks good in camp, he could allow the Pats to trade Hoyer-who should fetch decent value from a QB needy team.
#159 Ahmad Black-SS-Florida
Yes there are height and speed concerns, but Ahmad Black is a football player. He is a hard hitting ball hawk, who plays hard every snap. He is a team leader at one of BB's favorite schools. He presents great value at this point, and should compete for one of the backup safety spots this season.
#193 Mark Herzlich-ILB-Boston College
With their last pick, NE takes a chance on a local kid. Herzlich is a tough, high character player, who used to be a first round prospect. The Pats take injury risks, and in the 6th, it's well worth the risk on a hometown favorite. At worst, he provides help on Special Teams, at best, he returns to top form and even provides some pass rush for the Pats.
We also get a 2012 2nd rounder, and fill every need. Please give your feedback.