Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 1/7/2013 3:49 PM EST
In response to PatsEng's comment:
Though this would be interesteing, lets list our top 3 players we'd like to see in the Pats area of need. I think we can all agree that means WR, interior OL, DL, DB. The one trick to this exercise is you can only pick one player per round and they have to be a realistic chance to make the back of the round. In otherwords we aren't getting Jarvis Jones so don't list him.
For me it would be:
DL - Jonathan Jenkins - The back end of the 1st is pushing the limit where he'd be taken but I've seen him listed from late teens to backend of the 1st. I think Jenkins would make an excellent addition next to Wilfork and eventually take over as the anchor 3-4 years down the road.
DB - Matt Elam - There are plenty of CB's to take but if Elam is there he'd be hard to pass on
WR - Terrance Williams - He's tall, quick, and shifty. Better yet he only seemed to improve without RGIII. As Brady gets older I don't think a down the field only receiver is the solution, I think you need someone to work all 3 zones and Williams might be that WR
OL - Jonathan Cooper - Cooper is smaller then most like for a G but his very smart and moves well using plus hand movement. Cooper can also slide inside to C. If he adds 20 more lbs he could be a great run blocking G with speed to work DT's all the way around Brady
DL - Margus Hunt - I really wanted to put Ezekeil Ansah here but Ansah is rising up boards way to fast to be in the back of the 2nd. Hunt though hurt his stock early on but showed large improve in both run defense and pass rush. He was almost shut out in the last part of the year making some question if he can full develop his raw potential, however, I've seen him steadily progress which to me says he can learn.Thing is 6'8" 280 sub 4.8 guys don't come around often and I'd hate to miss on a chance to put him opposite Jones for years to comes
DB - Leon McFadden - I don't know what it is about McFadden but everytime I see him I say that's a pro CB. He has great vision, good hands, good hip movement, and plays the ball not the player. If he wasn't at SD state I think he'd be higher up on the board but he has #1/2 CB written all over him
WR - Da'Rick Rodgers - here's a kid that would have been a top 3 WR this year if not for pot related issues. He had to transfer schools but still put up great numbers. We know if pot is the only issue BB will overlook it if the value is right and Rodgers might be in a similar situation. The thing is he could go anywhere from the 1st to the 4th depending on how other teams see his incidents
OL - Travis Frederick - I don't think he makes it to the back of the 3rd and this kid is a well rounded G that can slide to C in a pinch. He operates well 1v1 and in space. He doesn't excell in one aspect but he has all the tools to let Scar build upon.
DL - Kwane Geathers - He most likely will go back to school but if he comes out he could be a hidden gem. The only knock on Geathers is that he plays behind Jenkins. Think of him as a poor mans version of Jenkins but don't think for a minute if he was on another team he wouldn't be a starter. He's a good-great DT/NT, much better then Brace coming out but still not the talent Jenkins is
DB - Micah Hyde - Because of an arrest his stock dipped. He has late 2nd round talent you can have in the 3rd but 14 passes broken up and nothing you can't over look a minor offense for. Yes he played weaker WR's this year but the senior bowl you should keep an eye on him
WR - Markus Wheaton - Wheaton is a bit taller then BB likes in his slot receivers but he's very good in open space and has great quick bursts getting up to speed quickly. Wheaton has great hands and put them on display racking up some big numbers his senior season.
OL - Gabe Jackson - I have to admit I only noticed him because I was watching Ala players. Jackson held his own and was one of the few to shut down Ala's vaunted line for most of the game. He handled Williams with the best of them as well as having a solid game against LSU's DL. He could be an option mid day 2
Here's my list:
DT- Jesse Williams- VW's eventual successor and an immediate upgrade to the DT position.
S- Matt Elam- Might be my favorite player in the class not named Dion Jordan. Good cover S, very physical and one of the best tacklers at the position in this draft.
OL- Jon Cooper- I see a future All-Pro here, excellent movement skills and athleticism, finishes his blocks and could play C as well. One of the more enjoyable kids to watch on film, which says a lot considering he's an OG.
DE/OLB- Sam Montgomery- Have seen him listed at the bottom of Rd 1 in some mocks, though I think he'll prob be off the board in the early 20's... if he's available, it'd be tough to pass on him. Very good size, tenacious on the field, can really get after it off the edge.
*Next Man In- Barrett Jones
DT- Sylvester Williams- Big, athletic DT with a good motor and athleticism... might get some Rd 1 looks.
CB- Logan Ryan- CB with good size, versatility and ball skills... kid is flying up my board.
WR- DeAndre Hopkins- The top WR on my board, kid has excellent hands, good RAC ability and has shown that he can be the man for a big time program and against elite competition (see Clemson's Bowl victory vs. LSU).
DE/OLB- Tank Carradine- (Put him here for this exercise, but is prob a Rd 2/3 kid because of the injury).- Love this kids length, athleticism, motor and ability to make plays behind the LOS.
*Next Man In- DE/OLB Margus Hunt
WR- Ryan Swope- I bigger (6-0 205) slot WR with excellent hands and the abilty to create after the catch. Looks like a very reliable player to me.
DL- Kapron Lewis-Moore- Has the size/length (6-4 305) and experience in a 34 to be a true 5-tech. Is also a leader on ND's team.
CB/S- Melvin White- Kid's an intriguing size/speed prospect that flashes elite physicality. at 6-3 191, he has the skill set to project to both CB and S at the pro level.
S- Shawn Willams- Big versatile S with good speed and physicality. HeâÂÂs also a high effort player and I love the SEC experience.
*Next Man In- CB Micah Hyde