Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 11/20/2013 4:59 PM EST
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
In response to jjdbrasil's comment:
OK, who would you pick? The list below is from NEPATRIOTS DRAFT. If this group of players were on NEs 1st round grade list would you still pick Amaro or someone else off the list?
I would. I think Amaro is the most complete player of all listed.
28. New England Patriots – TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech*
Bill Belichick has historically favored drafting tight ends with high picks, a decision made easier here by the lack of low-risk alternative options elsewhere.
29. New Orleans Saints – LB Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young
The Saints have the luxury of basically drafting the best player available at this point, so adding a dynamic edge rusher to Rob Ryan’s 3-4 should appeal to them.
30. Denver Broncos – DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame*
Tuitt’s junior season has really hurt his draft stock, but his potential could earn him a spot in the first; Denver may want to replace oversized end Derek Wolfe.
31. Seattle Seahawks – OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor
The Seahawks have been starting James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy at guard, neither of whom has been effective enough to prevent additional competition.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – OG Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Martin may actually be a better guard than Richardson, but Seattle’s scheme may favor the latter, providing the Chiefs with a solid value to conclude the first day.
I'd take Tuitt... but Amaro is definitely in the conversation... I left him off my Rd 1 watch list as he had tweeted that he was gonna return to school... but if he declares for the draft I think he'll be high on BB/NC's list.
With that said, I don't think Tuitt is available there if he declares... too much of a premium on big, athletic DT's... I think Zack Martin is the pick (and is likely who I'll have going to NE with my first mock). He's a very good all around OL, with a ton of experience and he can play anywhere but C... though I'm sure he could do that given time. BB has also established a good relationship with ND HC Brian Kelly. There's a lot to like here for me.
I like Martin also. Yankey would be cool. I have another for later rds and he is smart.
TOP PENN STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. OG John Urschel (6-3, 308, 5.27)...A standout in the classroom and on the football field, Urschel received scholarship offers from some of the top academic institutions in the country and was set to attend Princeton before Penn State offered him a full ride. He graduated in three years in Happy Valley and is currently working on his second master's in mathematics with a current 4.0 grade-point average. Urschel isn't too bad a football either, applying his smarts and quick thinking on the field. He's always alert with strong awareness in the trenches to keep his head on a swivel and anticipate the action around him.
Urschel stays balanced and flexible off the snap, sinking his hips to win with leverage at the point of attack. He is tough, strong and a glass-eater who plays with a chip on his shoulder and leaves it all out on the battle field. Urschel saw limited playing time over his first three years before becoming a starter at right guard last season and is one of three returning starters on the Nittany Lions' offensive line in 2013. With his brains, there is no question that he'll be a success in whatever he does after Penn State, but Urschel hopes to get a crack at the NFL first and foremost and it's tough to bet against him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com