Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***! UPDATED W/ MOCK V3 4/12!
posted at 4/16/2012 12:10 AM EDT
Here is my second attempt at a Pats mock. Let me know what you think.
#27 TRADED to Indianapolis for #34, #97, and #208
Indianapolis jumps San Fran and the Giants to take Andrew Luck's college teammate and favorite target in Coby Fleener. The Pats get some more depth for later in the Draft.
#31 Harrison Smith-S-Notre Dame
Smith is the 2nd best safety in the draft, and there is a significant dropoff after him. He is a smart, dedicated football player, and seems to be the Patriots type of player. He can line up at both FS and SS, meaning he has the versatility BB likes in his players. The Patriots need a safety, and Harrison Smith seems to be the best choice they can realistically make to fill the hole. He should contend for playing time from Day One.
#34 Shea McClellin-DE/OLB/ILB-Boise State
He's hard working, smart, and versatile, all traits that BB craves in his players. McClellin is a strong pass rusher who should come in and improve the team's pass rush from Day One. The Pats will undoubtedly play him all over the field, and such versatility will increase his chances of making an impact on day one. This guy's motor never stops running, and we cannot let him slip out of our hands like we did with players such as Brooks Reed, Connor Barwin, and Clay Matthews.
#48 Derek Wolfe-DE/DT-Cincinnati
A very strong pass rusher, Wolfe is also fairly stout against the run. He has very good size and a strong motor. He has played all across the line, meaning he has the versatility that BB likes. This might be a little high for Wolfe, but BB has been known to grab his guys early in the process, besides, Wolfe is a solid Round 2-3 prospect anyways. Wolfe should be a contributor on the NE D-Line early on next season.
#62 TRADED to Washington for #69 and #141
Washington trades a couple later picks to jump back into the 2nd round after losing the pick in the RGIII Deal.
#69 Chase Minnefield-CB-Virginia
Has the NFL bloodlines that the Pats love. Minnefield was viewed as a 1st round talent in the pre-season, but saw his numbers decline due to teams throwing away from him. He slipped a little due to a somewhat short combine measurement, and a recent knee surgery. Still, he represents very good value at this point in the draft.
#93 TRADED for 2013 2nd
Some team will do it.
#97 Chris Rainey-HB/WR/KR/PR-Florida
Has explosive speed and has tremendous versatility on offense. While he is too small to be an every down back in the NFL, that is not the role he would play with the Pats. He can be an explosive returner, and could be a very nice weapon on the offense. Plus, we all know how much BB loves the Florida kids.
#126 TRADED to Philly for #153 and #196
Pats and Eagles have to keep up the streak, and Philly has an abundance of late round picks. They package them to move up, and BB picks up his coveted late round picks.
#141 Audie Cole-ILB-North Carolina State
The Pats pick up some depth at LB. Audie Cole has good size for an ILB in New England's system, and at this point, more depth cannot hurt.
#153 Greg Childs-WR-Arkansas
He's coming off an injury riddled season, but the athletisism is there. With so few needs, the Pats can afford to take a chance on a 6-3 receiver who runs a 4.39.
#196 David Molk-C-Michigan
They draft a late round depth prospect for some depth at the Center position. They re-signed Koppen so this isn't a burning issue.
#208 Joe Long-OT-Wayne State
Jake Long's brother. At this point, the Pats add to their stable of Offensive Linemen. There isn't much more they need to do.