Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 4/23/2014 11:38 AM EDT
Well, most of us have reasonably similar ideas about how NE should attack this draft. We generally want DT, DE, TE early, with maybe an elite LB or RB mixed in if the right guy falls. Many of us think NE should trade back from 29 into the 2nd, but I think that a lot of people have an unrealistic expectation of what the compensation might look like this year. IF NE does trade back, I can assure you that we won't see anything close to the package that we got from MIN last year. That said, since BB always does the opposite of what we think he will, here is my best guess at what our draft will actually look like, including what I think is a realistic trade with JAX...
29) Traded to Jax for their 2nd, 4th, and 6th.
39) Tom Savage QB Pitt
Huh? This is insane, right? Well, maybe. But I read that NE really likes Savage, and his stock is really sky-rocketing. We know that in the NFL, you don't have anything unless you have a franchise QB. Mallett is gone after this next season, and Brady is aging. I know it looks crazy, but I think NE could select Savage this high if they really love him.
54) Dominique Easly DT Florida *NE trades #62 and #130 to Philly for #54
I would hate this pick. I'll just say that right now. I hate Easly's injury history. Two ACL tears? Red-Flag if you ask me. But we all know that BB loves rolling the dice on high-upside guys who fall due to injury. Most of the time they don't work out, but I could see BB going after this kid. If healthy, his talent is undeniable.
93) Brock Vereen S Minnesota
Too early? Probably. But Vereen is another guy who is moving up boards quickly. I think BB would love to get him. Super athletic, obvious family ties, and a versatile player. I think he could be very good playing Man-Coverage in the slot, too. Don't be surprised if Vereen goes on Day 2.
***Over-night, Between Day 2 and 3, Mallett is traded to AZ for a 2014 4th (120) and Conditional 2015 pick***
105) from JAX Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa
Total BB kid. Smart, instinctive, and a very good athlete. Would look really good opposite Collins in Sub-Package.
120) from AZ Marcel Jensen TE Fresno St.
We missed out on the Top 5 TEs in this scenario, but Jensen would be a good conselation prize at this point. Good size, athleticism, etc, and he is considered by all accounts to be a smart guy, good pass catcher, and willing blocker.
140) Comp Pick Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee
This would be great value. I know that there are conditioning issues with this guy, but you just can't teach his massive size. Plus he has shown the ability to be disruptive at times. Certainly a project, and not a sure thing, but this is the type of player who I think BB would take a chance on if he fell to this point.
142) From WSH Bryan Stork OL FSU *NE trades 179 & 198 (6ths from JAX & PHI) to the pick-needy Skins for #142 (5th)
Here I have BB packaging 2 6th Rounders to jump up and grab Stork. He is a versatile O-Lineman with good size. Not the quickest feet, but a smart player who could fill in anywhere on the interior of the O-Line.
206) Tyler Gaffney RB Stanford
RB is clearly a need, but I don't think BB will take the plunge and draft Sankey, Hyde, Hill, etc early. Gaffney has prototypical size (6'0 226) for a lead back with good burst, power, and maybe most importantly ball security. Smart kid who could be a surprise contributor early.
244) Kevin Norwood WR Alabama
Many of you will think that there is no way Norwood falls this far, and you may be right. There are so many WR prospects in this draft though, that some are bound to fall into the late rounds, or even into the un-drafted ranks. BB loves falling value in the 7th, and I think he finds it here.
There it is. I know that this mock is a little bit, or a lot, outside-the-box, but when has Belichick even done the expected?