Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 4/21/2013 11:43 PM EDT
My Mock Draft:
New England trades the #29 overall pick (640) to the Philadelphia Eagles for the #35 overall pick and the #101 overall pick (646)
New England trades the #35 overall pick (550) to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the #43 overall pick, the #112 overall pick, and the #196 overall pick (553)
Both teams are in need of QBs which are all likely to go in the late 1st-early 2nd, and the Pats take advantage of that and move down a couple times and add two 4ths and a 6th.
#43 John Jenkins-DT-Georgia
Pats tap into the strength of this class and add a monsterous DT in Jenkins. Jenkins is a phenomenal athlete, and will be able to succeed Wilfork in a few years after his retirement. Jenkins does not have much pass rush capability, but it isn't horrendous either, and will improve the pass rush by taking up blockers. Plus, the Pats just added Tommy Kelly and Armond Armstead, who should help add pass rush from the interior. I also expect them to add either John Abraham or Dwight Freeney to further bolster the pass rush. Jenkins can start right away and provide a nice physical presence next to Wilfork, and help eat up blockers and allow our pass rushers to thrive.
#59 Markus Wheaton-WR-Oregon State
Wheaton fits exactly what the Pats are looking for in a WR. He is extremely fast and is a big play threat, but is a major threat in the slot due to his strong hands and route running ability. He doesn't have the height of an ideal outside WR, but should be able to play there when needed. Besides Randy Moss, the Pats do not really employ straight up burners. Wheaton has been compared to Mike Wallace, and adding such an element to our offense will help to fill the hole left by Lloyd and Welker.
#91 Logan Ryan-CB-Rutgers
Ryan is a tall and physical corner, who should fit in well as a backup on the outside. With Talib and Dennard entrenched as the starters, and Arrington a top-notch backup in the slot, all the Pats need to finish re-tooling the secondary is a backup corner who can play the outside, as Arrington is awful out there. Ryan has good coverage skills and is solid in run support, and should fill that role very nicely.
#101 Barrett Jones-OL-Alabama
Once considered a 1st round pick, Jones has been dropping to rounds 3-4 consideration due to his lack of elite atleticism, but I'm sure BB would be thrilled to pick him up here. Jones can play every spot on the line, and is coming from one of BB's favorite schools in Alabama. Jones is experienced and talented, and offers the versatility BB likes in his backups. He could be able to start in a year or two should the need arise.
#112 Gerald Hodges-OLB-Penn State
Like Alec Ogeltree and Kasheem Greene, Hodges too converted to LB from safety while at Penn State. As such, he fills the Pats need for a coverage linebacker, who can also help out against the run. Hodges comes from a linebacker factory in Penn State, so there is a good chance he turns out to be good in the pros. Plus, he played for Bill O'Brien, so I'm sure BB has some inside info on him. Hodges would be a nice piece to help round out our LB depth.
#196 Brandon Kaufman-WR-Eastern Washington
At this late juncture, the Pats try and add some size to their WR crew, and at 6' 4" 214, Kaufman fits the bill. Kaufman was productive in college, and is a nice kind of pick to make here, when picks are by no means guarenteed to make the roster. Perhaps Kaufman beats out the likes of Michael Jenkins for the 5th receiver spot, or perhaps he makes the PS.
#226 Prentiss Waggner-S/CB-Tennessee
I was basically just looking at walterfootball.com, and saw Waggner as a potential late round get. Honestly, it's nearly impossible to know who will be around in the 7th, and they are unlikely to make the team, I saw this guy had versatility, which is what BB likes, so I slotted him to the Pats here. He seems relatively athletic, so he could probably contribute on Special Teams. Plus, safety is very deep through the late rounds, so perhaps he'd be more well known in a weaker year.
#235 Onterio McCalebb-HB-Auburn
Again, just browsing through walterfootball to find some late round prospect that could fit. I saw McCalebb blazed a 4.34, and the Pats could use an extra back for camp with the loss of Woodhead. Another fast guy would fit in well as a late round pick, but again, who knows here? He also has solid receiving and return ability but is very light and frail. Honestly though, you're not getting an immediate contributer here. Best case is that McCalebb spends the year bulking up while on the practice squad. Still, the speed is enticing at this late juncture.