In response to PatsEng's comment:
Updated mock draft from me:
I'm making a couple of assumption here so bare with me:
- The Pats will trade Mallett and part of the compensation will be a 3rd at the minimum
- Other then maybe a pass rushing specialist and bringing back Vollmer they are essentially done in FA
#29 - Jonathan Hankins DT Ohio - If Hankins is there he's the pick. He's a big strong presence next to Vince who is use to taking on dbl teams on every down. He can push the pocket and put pressure on QB's but is also extremely good in run defense. He'd make an excellent addition and a future Wilfork replacement
alt - Jenkins/J. Williams DT - I'd take either honestly and both could be an option if Hankins doesn't make it to #29
#59 - Da'Rick Rogers WR Tenn Tech - If they don't get more WR's via FA then Rogers makes a ton of sense. Top 20 talent in the back of the 2nd has #1 Z flanker upside with the combo of size, speed, hands, and route running ability. Best yet is he doesn't mind getting dirty by blocking or fighting for the ball. Provided his drug history is behind him then he should be the pick in the 2nd
alt - Darius Slay CB - he could or couldn't be at the back of the 2nd but adds great depth
3rd from Mallet trade - Markus Wheaton WR Oregon State - If Rogers is the first WR the Pats get Wheaton could be the secondary as they build outside the numbers WR's. Wheaton has explosive speed, is a Branch type route runner, and has reliable hands. He's essentially this years version of Torrey Smith. This would completely revamp the O and dbl down on WR ensuring at least one will give some production in 13'
alt - Will Davis CB - notice a trend yet? I'm focusing on dbling up either the CB position or the WR position because they are the thinnest right now and I do think BB will dbl up on one or the other and Davis is a good canidate that can play inside or out
#91 - DJ Hayden CB U Hou - BB tends to take risks in the late 3rd-6th range on players who have fallen due to injury or drug related issues. Hayden falls over heart concerns but he's a top end CB. I've been unsure about him because of that heart condition but from recent reports he might be worth taking the risk. He's considered anywhere from a back end of the 2nd round to completely off draft boards prospect depending on how his medicals check out.
alt - Sanders via RFA - just as good of an option as any
7th - Jeef Braun T West Virginia - A starter for one of the best O's in college with Smith as his QB Braun did an admerial job at T. He needs some work but with Scar I see Kaczur upside in the kid with the ability to play 4 positions on the OL. Worth investing into Braun as the ultimate swing man for a team that loves versitility
7th - Jeff Tuel QB Washington State - They could bring in a vet the replace Mallett but they could also bring in this kid. If an injury didn't derail his 11' season he wouldn't have been platooned in 12' but it happened. This kid has the physical and mental tools to be a starting caliber QB in the Pro's but his stock will suffer because of the platoon and 11' injury. Seems like the low risk high reward QB's the Pats tend to look for and to develop. Similar to Cassel and Brady before him
Hard not to like that and think you have made some correct assumptions and good estimations on where these kids will go.
In the end, I hope they do land sanders with one of their thirds and go into the season with he and Rogers. I feel better with another vet added here instead of 2 rooks and 2 vets, 1 of which has an injury history, the other not sure what we will get.
The mallet trade is key. Without it, bb mar forego round 1 all together and that could have a domino effect on the rest of your picks.