***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***

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    Well, now that Blount has signed with Pitt, I'm thinking that BB will look to draft a RB at some point.  I think that there will be pretty good RB talent in the board in the 6th and 7th round.  One guy to watch is Jerick McKinnon from GA Southern.  Played QB in College, but will swithch to RB in the NFL.  Benched 225 32 times and still ran a 4.41 at 5'9" 209.  Pretty insane athleticism.  He supposedly looked pretty good running the ball at the Senior Bowl and displayed good pass catching ability, too.  Could be a guy to keep an eye on.



    PE has been pretty high on him too.

     
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    Well, now that Blount has signed with Pitt, I'm thinking that BB will look to draft a RB at some point.  I think that there will be pretty good RB talent in the board in the 6th and 7th round.  One guy to watch is Jerick McKinnon from GA Southern.  Played QB in College, but will swithch to RB in the NFL.  Benched 225 32 times and still ran a 4.41 at 5'9" 209.  Pretty insane athleticism.  He supposedly looked pretty good running the ball at the Senior Bowl and displayed good pass catching ability, too.  Could be a guy to keep an eye on.



    PE has been pretty high on him too.



    Nice.  I figured I was maybe a little late to the party on him.  Haven't read all the pages on this thread.  Could be a nice pick in the late rounds if he is still available.  Probably wouldn't touch him before late 6th or into the 7th, but definitely a late rounder to watch.

     
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    Well, now that Blount has signed with Pitt, I'm thinking that BB will look to draft a RB at some point.  I think that there will be pretty good RB talent in the board in the 6th and 7th round.  One guy to watch is Jerick McKinnon from GA Southern.  Played QB in College, but will swithch to RB in the NFL.  Benched 225 32 times and still ran a 4.41 at 5'9" 209.  Pretty insane athleticism.  He supposedly looked pretty good running the ball at the Senior Bowl and displayed good pass catching ability, too.  Could be a guy to keep an eye on.

     



    PE has been pretty high on him too.

     



    Nice.  I figured I was maybe a little late to the party on him.  Haven't read all the pages on this thread.  Could be a nice pick in the late rounds if he is still available.  Probably wouldn't touch him before late 6th or into the 7th, but definitely a late rounder to watch.

    You would have to devote many hours to read every page on this thread!


     
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    Well, now that Blount has signed with Pitt, I'm thinking that BB will look to draft a RB at some point.  I think that there will be pretty good RB talent in the board in the 6th and 7th round.  One guy to watch is Jerick McKinnon from GA Southern.  Played QB in College, but will swithch to RB in the NFL.  Benched 225 32 times and still ran a 4.41 at 5'9" 209.  Pretty insane athleticism.  He supposedly looked pretty good running the ball at the Senior Bowl and displayed good pass catching ability, too.  Could be a guy to keep an eye on.

     



    PE has been pretty high on him too.

     



    Nice.  I figured I was maybe a little late to the party on him.  Haven't read all the pages on this thread.  Could be a nice pick in the late rounds if he is still available.  Probably wouldn't touch him before late 6th or into the 7th, but definitely a late rounder to watch.

    You aren't too late I think I'm the only one on the wagon right now.

    He's going to be a late 3rd-mid 5th type of pick if you want him. But his size, strength, and speed is too much to turn down for some team. Btw, he was a top 5 performer in every catagory at the combine (top 3 in most) but the 60 shuttle. The kid is a physical specimen. If he's there with our comp pick I wouldn't blink an eye if they take him.

     
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    Well, now that Blount has signed with Pitt, I'm thinking that BB will look to draft a RB at some point.  I think that there will be pretty good RB talent in the board in the 6th and 7th round.  One guy to watch is Jerick McKinnon from GA Southern.  Played QB in College, but will swithch to RB in the NFL.  Benched 225 32 times and still ran a 4.41 at 5'9" 209.  Pretty insane athleticism.  He supposedly looked pretty good running the ball at the Senior Bowl and displayed good pass catching ability, too.  Could be a guy to keep an eye on.



    PE has been pretty high on him too.



    He's my Cobb of RB's

     
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    Well, now that Blount has signed with Pitt, I'm thinking that BB will look to draft a RB at some point.  I think that there will be pretty good RB talent in the board in the 6th and 7th round.  One guy to watch is Jerick McKinnon from GA Southern.  Played QB in College, but will swithch to RB in the NFL.  Benched 225 32 times and still ran a 4.41 at 5'9" 209.  Pretty insane athleticism.  He supposedly looked pretty good running the ball at the Senior Bowl and displayed good pass catching ability, too.  Could be a guy to keep an eye on.

     

     



    PE has been pretty high on him too.

     

     



    Nice.  I figured I was maybe a little late to the party on him.  Haven't read all the pages on this thread.  Could be a nice pick in the late rounds if he is still available.  Probably wouldn't touch him before late 6th or into the 7th, but definitely a late rounder to watch.

    You aren't too late I think I'm the only one on the wagon right now.

    He's going to be a late 3rd-mid 5th type of pick if you want him. But his size, strength, and speed is too much to turn down for some team. Btw, he was a top 5 performer in every catagory at the combine (top 3 in most) but the 60 shuttle. The kid is a physical specimen. If he's there with our comp pick I wouldn't blink an eye if they take him.



    Perfect type of player to use a Comp pick on.  Yeah, with those type of workout numbers, getting him in the 6th is probably wishful thinking.

     
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    Perfect type of player to use a Comp pick on.  Yeah, with those type of workout numbers, getting him in the 6th is probably wishful thinking.



    The funny thing is we basically got that pick because of Woodhead and McKinnon would make the perfect Woodhead replacement

     
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    Well, now that Blount has signed with Pitt, I'm thinking that BB will look to draft a RB at some point.  I think that there will be pretty good RB talent in the board in the 6th and 7th round.  One guy to watch is Jerick McKinnon from GA Southern.  Played QB in College, but will swithch to RB in the NFL.  Benched 225 32 times and still ran a 4.41 at 5'9" 209.  Pretty insane athleticism.  He supposedly looked pretty good running the ball at the Senior Bowl and displayed good pass catching ability, too.  Could be a guy to keep an eye on.



    PE has been pretty high on him too.



    He's my Cobb of RB's



    Now I know you mean business, haha.

     
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    Morning Fellas.  Thought I would post a new Pats mock with a Trade-Down Scenario.  In this mock, I have NE trading #29 and #206 Their 6th) to Tampa for #38, #69, and #221 (7th).  Feedback welcome and encouraged, as always.

     

    #38  Stephon Tuitt  DE/DT  ND    I know this seems like a pipe dream to trade back to 38 and still get Tuitt, but I think his foot may cause him to slide into the 2nd.  NE would have to be very confident with his medical outlook to make this pick.

    #62  Deone Bucannon  S  Wazzu   I think Bucannon could step in and be a Day 1 starter at SS for NE.  We all are craving that physical, hard-hitting Safety after seeing what Cam Chancellor did to Denver in the SB.  Watch Bucannon's tape.  He is as physical of a Safety as you will find in this class, and his coverage skills have improved, too.

    #69  CJ Fiedorowicz  TE  Iowa  This guy has really grown on me.  Great hands, great blocker, hard worker.  Not an elite athlete, which is why he is available in the 3rd, but sneaky speed for a guy his size.  Very good route runner, too.  I think he would be a solid player for NE for years to come.

    #93  Bruce Ellington  WR  South Carolina  One of my favorite players in this class.  Explosive athlete, competitior, great hands.  Reminds me of Randall Cobb.

    #130  Brent Urban  DT  Virginia  MB drew my attention to Urban.  I love his tape.  Very physical kid with tremendous size.  Maybe a year out from reaching his full potential, but well worth the pick here.  Big Upside.

    #140  (Comp)  Jerick McKinnon  RB  GA Southern  Physical freak.  Ran a 4.41 and Benched 225 32 times.  Raw prospect who is transitioning from QB to RB.  Some may say this is too early for such a raw player, but with Blount gone, we need a RB.  

    #198  Louchiez Purifoy  CB  Florida  Once thought of as a possible 1st Rounder, Purifoy has had a terrible draft season and has seen his stock plummett.  If he falls far enough, you know BB will pounce.

    #221  John Urschel  OG  Penn State  Great value here.  Urschel will provide valuable depth for the OL, and could become a starter down the road.

    #244  Devon Kennard  OLB   USC   Good size at 6'3"  250.   Develpomental guy with upside.  

     

     
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    Morning Fellas.  Thought I would post a new Pats mock with a Trade-Down Scenario.  In this mock, I have NE trading #29 and #206 Their 6th) to Tampa for #38, #69, and #221 (7th).  Feedback welcome and encouraged, as always.

     

    #38  Stephon Tuitt  DE/DT  ND    I know this seems like a pipe dream to trade back to 38 and still get Tuitt, but I think his foot may cause him to slide into the 2nd.  NE would have to be very confident with his medical outlook to make this pick.

    #62  Deone Bucannon  S  Wazzu   I think Bucannon could step in and be a Day 1 starter at SS for NE.  We all are craving that physical, hard-hitting Safety after seeing what Cam Chancellor did to Denver in the SB.  Watch Bucannon's tape.  He is as physical of a Safety as you will find in this class, and his coverage skills have improved, too.

    #69  CJ Fiedorowicz  TE  Iowa  This guy has really grown on me.  Great hands, great blocker, hard worker.  Not an elite athlete, which is why he is available in the 3rd, but sneaky speed for a guy his size.  Very good route runner, too.  I think he would be a solid player for NE for years to come.

    #93  Bruce Ellington  WR  South Carolina  One of my favorite players in this class.  Explosive athlete, competitior, great hands.  Reminds me of Randall Cobb.

    #130  Brent Urban  DT  Virginia  MB drew my attention to Urban.  I love his tape.  Very physical kid with tremendous size.  Maybe a year out from reaching his full potential, but well worth the pick here.  Big Upside.

    #140  (Comp)  Jerick McKinnon  RB  GA Southern  Physical freak.  Ran a 4.41 and Benched 225 32 times.  Raw prospect who is transitioning from QB to RB.  Some may say this is too early for such a raw player, but with Blount gone, we need a RB.  

    #198  Louchiez Purifoy  CB  Florida  Once thought of as a possible 1st Rounder, Purifoy has had a terrible draft season and has seen his stock plummett.  If he falls far enough, you know BB will pounce.

    #221  John Urschel  OG  Penn State  Great value here.  Urschel will provide valuable depth for the OL, and could become a starter down the road.

    #244  Devon Kennard  OLB   USC   Good size at 6'3"  250.   Develpomental guy with upside.  

     



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    Wazzu,

    sign me up-that would be a great draft. Realistic trades down as well.

    I was trying to remember my thoughts watching games laat year and it seemed team speed always was something I thought we lacked. Jamie Collins is a welcome addition but I would love to see us get more speed and more impact players. Not saying I'm a big fan of dee ford or attatacho, but a guy that is a specialist and can change the game is what we need. Both of those guys offer something we haven't had. 

    Thoughts? 

     

     
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    Wazzu,

    sign me up-that would be a great draft. Realistic trades down as well.

    I was trying to remember my thoughts watching games laat year and it seemed team speed always was something I thought we lacked. Jamie Collins is a welcome addition but I would love to see us get more speed and more impact players. Not saying I'm a big fan of dee ford or attatacho, but a guy that is a specialist and can change the game is what we need. Both of those guys offer something we haven't had. 

    Thoughts? 

     



    Thanks Man.  I like both Ford and Attaochu.  IMO, both players would be worth the pick at 29, as would Shazier who is very athletic and fast as well.  Hard to say where these guys will get drafted, exactly, but I expect Attaochu to be a fast riser as the draft approaches.  A lot to like with him, and I wouldn't be shocked if he goes in the top 25.  Same with Shazier.  Ford could be there at 29, and if BB wants a pure pass rusher then he could be the guy.  Shoring up our run defense needs to be addressed, though.  

     
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    Wazzu,

    sign me up-that would be a great draft. Realistic trades down as well.

    I was trying to remember my thoughts watching games laat year and it seemed team speed always was something I thought we lacked. Jamie Collins is a welcome addition but I would love to see us get more speed and more impact players. Not saying I'm a big fan of dee ford or attatacho, but a guy that is a specialist and can change the game is what we need. Both of those guys offer something we haven't had. 

    Thoughts? 

     



    Thanks Man.  I like both Ford and Attaochu.  IMO, both players would be worth the pick at 29, as would Shazier who is very athletic and fast as well.  Hard to say where these guys will get drafted, exactly, but I expect Attaochu to be a fast riser as the draft approaches.  A lot to like with him, and I wouldn't be shocked if he goes in the top 25.  Same with Shazier.  Ford could be there at 29, and if BB wants a pure pass rusher then he could be the guy.  Shoring up our run defense needs to be addressed, though.  

    Any draft dependent upon BB trading out for a specific guy ain't happening. Nice dream draft though.


     
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    Wazzu,

    sign me up-that would be a great draft. Realistic trades down as well.

    I was trying to remember my thoughts watching games laat year and it seemed team speed always was something I thought we lacked. Jamie Collins is a welcome addition but I would love to see us get more speed and more impact players. Not saying I'm a big fan of dee ford or attatacho, but a guy that is a specialist and can change the game is what we need. Both of those guys offer something we haven't had. 

    Thoughts? 

     



    hey mcboyd,

    i aree with all of that excep id tak ealy as well.

     
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    Morning Fellas.  Thought I would post a new Pats mock with a Trade-Down Scenario.  In this mock, I have NE trading #29 and #206 Their 6th) to Tampa for #38, #69, and #221 (7th).  Feedback welcome and encouraged, as always.

     

    #38  Stephon Tuitt  DE/DT  ND    I know this seems like a pipe dream to trade back to 38 and still get Tuitt, but I think his foot may cause him to slide into the 2nd.  NE would have to be very confident with his medical outlook to make this pick.

    #62  Deone Bucannon  S  Wazzu   I think Bucannon could step in and be a Day 1 starter at SS for NE.  We all are craving that physical, hard-hitting Safety after seeing what Cam Chancellor did to Denver in the SB.  Watch Bucannon's tape.  He is as physical of a Safety as you will find in this class, and his coverage skills have improved, too.

    #69  CJ Fiedorowicz  TE  Iowa  This guy has really grown on me.  Great hands, great blocker, hard worker.  Not an elite athlete, which is why he is available in the 3rd, but sneaky speed for a guy his size.  Very good route runner, too.  I think he would be a solid player for NE for years to come.

    #93  Bruce Ellington  WR  South Carolina  One of my favorite players in this class.  Explosive athlete, competitior, great hands.  Reminds me of Randall Cobb.

    #130  Brent Urban  DT  Virginia  MB drew my attention to Urban.  I love his tape.  Very physical kid with tremendous size.  Maybe a year out from reaching his full potential, but well worth the pick here.  Big Upside.

    #140  (Comp)  Jerick McKinnon  RB  GA Southern  Physical freak.  Ran a 4.41 and Benched 225 32 times.  Raw prospect who is transitioning from QB to RB.  Some may say this is too early for such a raw player, but with Blount gone, we need a RB.  

    #198  Louchiez Purifoy  CB  Florida  Once thought of as a possible 1st Rounder, Purifoy has had a terrible draft season and has seen his stock plummett.  If he falls far enough, you know BB will pounce.

    #221  John Urschel  OG  Penn State  Great value here.  Urschel will provide valuable depth for the OL, and could become a starter down the road.

    #244  Devon Kennard  OLB   USC   Good size at 6'3"  250.   Develpomental guy with upside.  

     



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    hey wazzu,

    good stuff. the couple things id like different are a better pass rusher and better o lineman our o line is gettign pushed around too much and def to quick to brady too often.

     
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    Hopefully I have a better draft than I had Final four contestants! I'm down to one team from my prediction for the final 4, Florida. So I am going to wait until the draft to predict who the Patriots take, meaning just before the Patriots selection at #29 I'll unveil my first pick, no sense in being completely shutout.

     
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    My updated mock:

     

    Round 1 - Kelvin Benjamin - WR Florida State

     

    Round 2 - Trent Murphy - DE Stanford

     

    Round 3 - C.J Fiedeorowicz - TE Iowa State 

     

    Round 4 - Seantrel Henderson - OT Miami 

     

    Round 4 - Kelcy Quarles - DT South Carolina 

     

    Round 6 - Connor Shaw - QB South Carolina 

     

    Round 7 - Jerick McKinnon - RB Georgia Southern 

     
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    Ok guys after FA how are you feeling about each position. For me here's what I'm looking at:

    QB - I don't see them trading Mallett at this point. Not because they wouldn't (honestly anything in the 3rd or higher and I think he's gone) but because there is no one to trade to. Hou grabbed Fits, Minn got Cassel, I have a feeling Clev is ok with Hoyer and might draft a guy in the 1st, and Oak looks good. I just don't see a team to sen Mallett. So to me I'm looking at next year for a QB and not in this year.

    WR - They are still looking at guys but after bringing in LaFell and Harrison being camp comp not everyone from last years roster will make the team as is. Unless a major talent falls I just don't see them taking a WR this year. Though I wouldn't be shocked if they get a guy they really like in the mid rounds like a Coleman or Moncrief.

    RB - Losing Blount I think was planned and I doubt Boldin is the solution. Boldin is more or a generic run of the mill back and they don't have a proper backup for Vereen so I can see them taking a mid round pick on a smaller pass catching back with some power and speed. There are 3-4 names out there that fit those criteria.

    TE - A major need imo. They can't trust Gronk will be healthy and we saw what the TE's look like without Gronk, esp in the RZ. They need to get someone and I don't think it's going to be a pass catching exclusive guy. I think they want to find someone who can fill Gronks shoes if he goes down but still give you more than what Hooman can give you in the passing game.

    OT - Solder and Vollmer both had issues staying on the field last season and Cannon might eventually have to move inside next offseason so looks like they need a swing guy who can be groomed to be a starter down the road.

    OG - This place needs some depth. This year Cannon seems best staying as the primary T backup but either they need to find a G replacement or move Cannon inside eventually. A swing guy here is a good possibility in the mid rounds

    C - With Wendells contract looks like he going to be the starter unless someone is coming in and blowing them away. I don't see them going early on a C in a weaker draft for C's. Maybe they take someone in the mid-late rounds to groom with the possibility of them taking a Koppen jump at camp but I don't see them spending early

    DT - Both Kelly and Wilfork are aging and coming off of injury. You can't give them both meaningful reps. Armstead is still a massive unknown and you can see how they feel about Vellano and Jones starting when they traded for Soap and signing Siliga. They need a real starting quality DT and past the 2nd-mid3rd I'm not seeing many. Last year was the time they should have grabbed one or the year before but BB likes drafting into the weaker areas of the draft so I can see him getting one early.

    DE - Nink and Jones are the starters. There is no doubt about that. What they need is a 3rd rotational guy with pass rushing ability. Unless Ealy drops I'm not sure I see them taking one early. There are some good rotational pass rushers available in the 3rd-5th rang so I see them going to other areas of need first prior to getting a 3rd DE

    LB - They have a good 3 but no one behind them. They need a 4th guy, preferably one with coverage ability. Maybe they look to kill 2 birds with one stone and grab a LB/SS hybrid]

    S - Speaking of S, they need a larger in the box safety who can cover bigger TE's and RB's. Harmon looks like a good money coverage S but I don't think he can be the enforcer they need in the playoffs. However, Revis and Browner will give them the ability to overlook this area if they chose to.

    CB - Revis is a one year deal and Browner needs to keep his nose clean. If Browner keeps his nose clean then Ryan and Dennard moving forward should be good enough moving forward to not have to draft a CB (could this be the first draft in a while since we didn't draft a DB?). Unless someone really drops I don't see them drafting a CB this year.

     
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    Ok guys after FA how are you feeling about each position. For me here's what I'm looking at:

    QB - I don't see them trading Mallett at this point. Not because they wouldn't (honestly anything in the 3rd or higher and I think he's gone) but because there is no one to trade to. Hou grabbed Fits, Minn got Cassel, I have a feeling Clev is ok with Hoyer and might draft a guy in the 1st, and Oak looks good. I just don't see a team to sen Mallett. So to me I'm looking at next year for a QB and not in this year.

    I agree that Mallet sticks, though I think McCarron in Rd 3 or an Aaron Murray on Day 3 could interest them.

    WR - They are still looking at guys but after bringing in LaFell and Harrison being camp comp not everyone from last years roster will make the team as is. Unless a major talent falls I just don't see them taking a WR this year. Though I wouldn't be shocked if they get a guy they really like in the mid rounds like a Coleman or Moncrief.

    Middle rounds/Day 3 would be a prime target to land some value... I think they come out've this draft with at least (1) WR.

    RB - Losing Blount I think was planned and I doubt Boldin is the solution. Boldin is more or a generic run of the mill back and they don't have a proper backup for Vereen so I can see them taking a mid round pick on a smaller pass catching back with some power and speed. There are 3-4 names out there that fit those criteria.

    It seems BB and Co have been in touch with some RB's per the quote that I had posted last week, so I'd fully expect them to take (1) in this class as well.

    TE - A major need imo. They can't trust Gronk will be healthy and we saw what the TE's look like without Gronk, esp in the RZ. They need to get someone and I don't think it's going to be a pass catching exclusive guy. I think they want to find someone who can fill Gronks shoes if he goes down but still give you more than what Hooman can give you in the passing game.

    I'm not overly enamored with any of the TE's that could be available to them... but I agree that a Niklas or ASJ or CJF or Lynch, etc. could be targets due to their ability to play inline or flexed out.  It's certainly a need.

    OT - Solder and Vollmer both had issues staying on the field last season and Cannon might eventually have to move inside next offseason so looks like they need a swing guy who can be groomed to be a starter down the road.

    Would be a smart play.

    OG - This place needs some depth. This year Cannon seems best staying as the primary T backup but either they need to find a G replacement or move Cannon inside eventually. A swing guy here is a good possibility in the mid rounds

    Agreed.

    C - With Wendells contract looks like he going to be the starter unless someone is coming in and blowing them away. I don't see them going early on a C in a weaker draft for C's. Maybe they take someone in the mid-late rounds to groom with the possibility of them taking a Koppen jump at camp but I don't see them spending early

    Agreed.

    DT - Both Kelly and Wilfork are aging and coming off of injury. You can't give them both meaningful reps. Armstead is still a massive unknown and you can see how they feel about Vellano and Jones starting when they traded for Soap and signing Siliga. They need a real starting quality DT and past the 2nd-mid3rd I'm not seeing many. Last year was the time they should have grabbed one or the year before but BB likes drafting into the weaker areas of the draft so I can see him getting one early.

    I love Brent Urban in Rd 3 or 4... also love Ed Stinson in Rd 4, but I too would like to see them add some talent/depth at DT within the first 3 rounds.

    DE - Nink and Jones are the starters. There is no doubt about that. What they need is a 3rd rotational guy with pass rushing ability. Unless Ealy drops I'm not sure I see them taking one early. There are some good rotational pass rushers available in the 3rd-5th rang so I see them going to other areas of need first prior to getting a 3rd DE

    I'd like to see them target this position high and outside of Ealy, I love Attaochu and even Dee Ford in Rd 1, or Marcus Smith in Rd 2.  I'd rather they don't wait until later on this one.

    LB - They have a good 3 but no one behind them. They need a 4th guy, preferably one with coverage ability. Maybe they look to kill 2 birds with one stone and grab a LB/SS hybrid]

    I think they continue to add athleticism/skill here... and will target kids with the ability to cover, and give them increased flexibility as the game turns more situational.

    S - Speaking of S, they need a larger in the box safety who can cover bigger TE's and RB's. Harmon looks like a good money coverage S but I don't think he can be the enforcer they need in the playoffs. However, Revis and Browner will give them the ability to overlook this area if they chose to.

    I still want that assassin for the back end of the secondary.

    CB - Revis is a one year deal and Browner needs to keep his nose clean. If Browner keeps his nose clean then Ryan and Dennard moving forward should be good enough moving forward to not have to draft a CB (could this be the first draft in a while since we didn't draft a DB?). Unless someone really drops I don't see them drafting a CB this year.

    I'll be interested to see how they'll address this situation as there is some uncertainty after this year.  Wouldn't be surprised to see them target a kid with size, positional versatility and a good 40/3C like Dontae Johnson or our boy Exum in the middle rounds.




     
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    my mindset this morning...

    trade down - 1st for a 2 and 4, and somehow get a third for Mallet.

    in 2nd with two picks take CJF and Bucannon. Plan B would be Achuonno and Niklas.

    In 3rd with two picks take Weston Richburg and Telvin Smith.

    In 4th with three picks take Jerrick MacKinnon, Dakota Dozier and Billy Turner.

    In 6th take Walt Aikens and Brett Smith.

    I'm an OLine guy obviously. Everyone wants a DT and DE but I'm betting on Armstead and signing a Robert Ayers.

     
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    East Coast Sports has Pats taking SS Buchannon as first round pick. (Bortles and Manziel out of first round!)

     
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    In response to teegeeman's comment:


    East Coast Sports has Pats taking SS Buchannon as first round pick. (Bortles and Manziel out of first round!)



    I'm all for publications projecting against conventional wisdom, but it seems a bit crazy to assume that both Bortles and Manziel will not be drafted in Rd 1.

    I could see Bucannon getting some 1st round love.

     
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    MB,

    pi am warming up on Attaochu after watching more and more of him. 

    I can imagine a scenario where he lines up with our other 3 outstanding backers, with vw at nt, Kelly, armstead, urban as 3-4 ends. 

    here is where I am leaning today....

    1. Attaochu

    2. nicklas trade up or trade 2 back to 3 and get Fedeirowicz. 

    3. Urban

    4. Comp pick (OG/OT) ..still researching on who exactly..I have about 6-8 names here now.

     
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    In response to PatsLifer's comment:

    MB,

    pi am warming up on Attaochu after watching more and more of him. 

    I can imagine a scenario where he lines up with our other 3 outstanding backers, with vw at nt, Kelly, armstead, urban as 3-4 ends. 

    here is where I am leaning today....

    1. Attaochu

    2. nicklas trade up or trade 2 back to 3 and get Fedeirowicz. 

    3. Urban

    4. Comp pick (OG/OT) ..still researching on who exactly..I have about 6-8 names here now.



    Yeah, love his upside and versatility.  I've watched all of his 2013 tape and some of this 2012 tape.  GT moved to a 43 in 2013, so the 2012 tape shows him more as a 34 OLB.

    What OL names are you liking in that range?

     
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    In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:

    In response to PatsLifer's comment:

     

    MB,

    pi am warming up on Attaochu after watching more and more of him. 

    I can imagine a scenario where he lines up with our other 3 outstanding backers, with vw at nt, Kelly, armstead, urban as 3-4 ends. 

    here is where I am leaning today....

    1. Attaochu

    2. nicklas trade up or trade 2 back to 3 and get Fedeirowicz. 

    3. Urban

    4. Comp pick (OG/OT) ..still researching on who exactly..I have about 6-8 names here now.

     



    Yeah, love his upside and versatility.  I've watched all of his 2013 tape and some of this 2012 tape.  GT moved to a 43 in 2013, so the 2012 tape shows him more as a 34 OLB.

     

    What OL names are you liking in that range?



    Steen, Turner, Hurst, Leno to name 4. 

     
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