Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 11/21/2013 3:59 PM EST
Below is my Mock V1:
Rd 1: OL- Zack Martin- 6-4 308- Notre Dame- Extremely good all around player, team captain, extremely durable and has a ton of quality experience (49 consecutive starts over the last 4 years), versatile and can probably play all five positions on the OL, but at the very least can start at either OG spot and play either OT spot in a pinch. He also shows good feed/quicks/lateral movement ability… there really isn’t much to NOT like about the kid… and BB and BK have formed a solid relationship in recent years… the pick just makes too much sense. Alternatives: Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert, LSU DT Ego Ferguson, Stanford OL David Yankey
Rd 2: CB- Darqueze Dennard- 5-11 197- Michigan State- Ironically, this kid caught my eye when MSU was playing in South Bend this year. Dennard (a cousin of Alfonzo), a team captain, is an ultra-competitive and extremely tough kid that will come at you all game long… he also has excellent speed, agility, quicks, ball skills… is an effective blitzer and is a solid tackler. Kid could start from Day 1 of camp, IMO and gives you a 4 down ability. He might be my favorite player in this class. Alternatives: VT CB/S Antone Exum, PSU DT Daquan Jones, South Carolina DT Kelcy Quarles
Rd 3: DT- Dominique Easley- 6-2 285- Florida- Going back on what I had said a few days ago in regards to 300 pounds being the standard baseline for a BB DT, I love this kid’s game and he’s one of the better DL in this class, when healthy. Excellent burst off the snap, scheme/positional versatility, athletic, disruptive, good power, plays nasty and physical, doesn’t take plays off and is proven at the SEC level. On the negative side, he’s 285 and has had a couple of knee injuries in college. This would be huge value at this point in the draft. Alternatives: Washington DT Danny Shelton, Alabama DT Ed Stinson, Iowa TE CJ Fiedorowicz
Rd 4: TE- Arthur Lynch- 6-5 254- Georgia- Is a local boy, playing his HS ball down in Dartmouth, MA… he’s a team captain, with very good ability/upside as an inline blocker. He’s not a burner, but can make plays in the short/intermediate areas and provide size/ability in the red zone/down by the goal line. Alternatives: MSU ILB Max Bullough, Wisconsin LB Chris Borland, Wisconin WR Jared Abbrederis
Rd 6: S- Shamiel Gary- 6-0 210- Oklahoma State- This kid popped to me on tape… I've watched a lot of safety tape in the past couple months and I think this kid might be one of the best that I've seen in this class... which says a lot considering he's currently projected as a Rd 7/URFA type. He has very good read/react, consistently diagnosing and closing quickly on passes and has the awareness and ball skills to make plays on the football (9 PD this season). He's probably a 4.55-4.6 kid but shows good fluidity in coverage, but his instincts allow him to get to the ball quickly and he's often in the back pocket of his man. He's a kid that could cause Patriots Nation to melt down if selected on Day 2 of the draft (similar to Wilson and Harmon), but I think the pick would be warranted. Really like this kids game and think he’ll rise up draft boards.
Rd 6: RB- Tyler Gaffney- 6-0 227- Stanford- He’s a big, athletic (played pro baseball for a bit) workhorse back that lacks a ton of breakaway ability, but has the size that BB likes, can catch the football and can grind a defense down.
Rd 7: QB- Kenny Guiton- 6-2 208- Ohio State- A late round flier on an athletic QB with mobility, upside and accuracy that really played well when given an opportunity this year.