Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** MOCK V1 ADDED
posted at 1/4/2012 8:06 PM EST
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** MOCK V1 ADDED
Have to be honest, the hardest two picks to mock here were the 1st 2. With this in mind I would not be surprised if one of them is traded. 1/4/2012 Pick Posit Player Size/Weight 28 OLB Zach Brown 6'2" 230 lbs 32 DT Brandon Thompson 6'2" 310 lbs 48 OC Ben Jones 6'3" 316 lbs 64 DE Alex Okafor 6'4" 260 lbs 95 S Harrison Smith 6'2" 215 lbs 127 WR Jarius Wright 5'10" 180 lbs Zach Brown provides BB with a true 43 OLB who can drop in coverage or blitz, very speedy but insanely strong for his size. Doesn't need to come out on 1st or 2nd down. I have no idea why I feel Okafor has a very good chance to end up with the Patriots. Just got that feeling about value/pick ect (nothing to do with the other Okafor). he's got the speed size and power BB looks for in that type player. If Carter and Anderson are back it gives Okafor a full year to become a starter. As a rookie he can add another fresh leg pass rusher. Brandon Thompson is a kid I think will be talked about more as the draft gets closer. I didn't see in a few games any real concerns plus I saw him a ton playing in the backfield. Ben Jones, this kid is a power house can play OG as well as able to start at C next season.
Posted by Pats7393
Sure seems that UNC has a bunch of day 1/2 kids every year, I must admit that I'm not a fan of their kids though, same with USC, not sure why... the always seem to be over-hyped I guess, ha. Hightower is my #1 LB target in Rd 1, kid could impact from multiple positions within multiple schemes.
As for Brown, I'm not sure BB would wanna lock himself into a smaller (good height, but 230 is small for a BB ILB, curious to his actual weight) 4/3 type OLB high in the draft unless he's set on moving to more base 43. I still think he'd prefer kids that could play in both schemes.
I think Thompson will be in the discussion for sure based on his size and position.
Jones is a kid that I'm very high on and think he could be the target for them on Day 2. Love the size, toughness and experience etc.
Okafor I'm not very familiar with.
Smith is a kid that I see on a weekly basis and am very high on. Very good instincts and awareness and is always around the football. He has very good size and is excellent in run support. He's still pretty new to the S position as he played some LB at ND, but the kid has some upside.
I love Jarius Wright and while his size is far from ideal, the kid has electric speed, excellent quicks and fluidity, brings a ton of big play/RAC ability and is a proven player in the SEC.
Both Jones and Wright are kids that I'll prob have in my V2 mock.