***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***

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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/draft-diary-stephon-tuitt-tracks-path-to-the-nfl-part-i-021714

    Good update by him.  Looks like Tuitt will be weighing less at the Combine.  I would like to see him at 305.  Thing about it is the better he does the faster he gets drafted.  I really think he will not be there a 29, too much size and talent.

     
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    I nice late round OG from Iowa.

     

    NFL Combine profile: Conor Boffeli

    BY BEN ROSS | FEBRUARY 17, 2014 5:00 AM

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    Name: Conor Boffeli
    Position: Offensive line
    Dimensions: 6’4’’, 294 lbs

    Boffeli certainly wasn’t Iowa’s best lineman in 2013, but his versatility to play both guard positions got him on the field and kept him there. He was no Brandon Scherff, but Boffeli did enough to become a regular member of arguably Iowa’s best position group. The Hawkeyes are known to pump out offensive lineman, so it’s to Boffeli’s credit that he was able to earn a regular spot with the unit.

    It’s even a little strange that Boffeli earned an invitation to the combine, while right tackle Brett Van Sloten did not. Van Sloten has a bigger frame and was an unsung hero on Iowa’s offensive line, but that’s not the point. Iowa has a history of sending offensive lineman to the league (there are currently seven former Iowa offensive lineman on NFL rosters), and given their tendency to do well at the combine, Boffeli has more than a fighting chance to earn a spot on a NFL team.

    Boffeli reminds us most of former Iowa offensive lineman Adam Gettis, who’s draft stock skyrocketed in 2012 following an excellent combine. He was taken in the fifth round by the Washington Redskins, where he remains a backup guard. Going into the combine, Gettis was rated as a seventh round or undrafted pick by most draft services, but his performance in Indianapolis helped him get calls by just about every NFL team. Gettis recorded the best 40-yard dash time of all guards, and had the best broad jump score of all offensive lineman. If there’s anyone that can get a player ready for the combine, its Iowa strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle.

    Right now, Boffeli is rated as a late-round draft pick or free agent by many draft services, similar to Gettis. He was a regular starter for just his senior season at Iowa, but he played well against solid Big Ten defensive lines, and was an important part of shutting down Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman, who many believe to be a first round pick as a defensive lineman.

    Boffeli might not have been a household name while he was at Iowa. But neither were Gettis, Matt Tobin, or Marshall Yanda. All three of those guys appear on an NFL roster right now. He could play guard or even center in the NFL, and front offices love a player that is versatile because it saves them money. Picking an Iowa offensive lineman doesn’t seem to be a huge risk for NFL teams given their success in the league, and it’s not hard to picture his name getting called from Radio City Music Hall come late April.

    http://www.dailyiowan.com/2014/02/17/Sports/36643.html

     

     
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    I could see BB targeting a big (6-2 225), powerful SEC back like Alfred Blue late on Day 3 or as an URFA.

     
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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/draft-diary-stephon-tuitt-tracks-path-to-the-nfl-part-i-021714

    Good update by him.  Looks like Tuitt will be weighing less at the Combine.  I would like to see him at 305.  Thing about it is the better he does the faster he gets drafted.  I really think he will not be there a 29, too much size and talent.



    Yeah, had read on one of the ND boards that he was targeting 305, is a much different, more explosive player at that weight.

     
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    I could see BB targeting a big (6-2 225), powerful SEC back like Alfred Blue late on Day 3 or as an URFA.



    I could see this as well if Blount walks.

    and Blue is an LSU runner he seems to love them (see: Faulk, Ridley)

     
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    I could see BB targeting a big (6-2 225), powerful SEC back like Alfred Blue late on Day 3 or as an URFA.



    I could see this as well if Blount walks.

    and Blue is an LSU runner he seems to love them (see: Faulk, Ridley)

    He was lucky to inherit Faulk from the previous regime, but also was able to mazimize his talents, no doubt.

    And he also picked up Benny and Boldin as URFA's, both SEC kids. 

    Blue also has plenty of tread life on his tires.

     
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    Want Jace Amaro from TT perfect AH replacement. I have a feeling BB is looking at him and doing his homework on him. Not much of a hard nose blocker but can catch the ball. If Gronk can't come back in time before the season he is a prospect that they can work in just a thought

     
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    Want Jace Amaro from TT perfect AH replacement. I have a feeling BB is looking at him and doing his homework on him. Not much of a hard nose blocker but can catch the ball. If Gronk can't come back in time before the season he is a prospect that they can work in just a thought



    6'5", 260lbs, played mostly from the slot, runs well, needs to improve blocking, good route runner with some YAC.  He is the flavor of the month.  If he runs in the 4.5-4.6 and does drills well  at he combine he will solidify his position.  Could be there at 29, but not likely. 

     
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    Amaro does show some aggression/physicality/want to as a blocker in space, but yeah he's definitely not very experienced inline.  This is why I keep coming back to Troy Niklas... he's as close to Gronk physically as you'll find and is the best blocker in this class.  He's also an athletic kid that can create after the catch and has upside as he's only been playing the TE position for (2) seasons in South Bend.

     
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    Amaro does show some aggression/physicality/want to as a blocker in space, but yeah he's definitely not very experienced inline.  This is why I keep coming back to Troy Niklas... he's as close to Gronk physically as you'll find and is the best blocker in this class.  He's also an athletic kid that can create after the catch and has upside as he's only been playing the TE position for (2) seasons in South Bend.



    Bavaro Part II?



     2+ inches and 20+ pounds bigger, but a good blocker with skill as a receiver, from the same school as Bavaro, yes. 

    I do see a bit of a Kyle Brady type, due to his size.

     
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    I would rather go DT first. I think Niklas will be there at #58.

    If we could get Hageman/Niklas rd. 1-2 that would be awesome

     
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    I would rather go DT first. I think Niklas will be there at #58.

    If we could get Hageman/Niklas rd. 1-2 that would be awesome



    DT, S or TE for me in Rd 1.

     
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    I would rather go DT first. I think Niklas will be there at #58.

    If we could get Hageman/Niklas rd. 1-2 that would be awesome



    I really doubt that Niklas will be there at 59.  Too much upside.

     
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    I've mentioned Palepoi a couple of times... seems like a high motor kid with a very good burst and lateral agility... I'll have to look into the rest.



    Been scouring the internet for sleepers. One DT that I am trying to learn more about is QuayShawne Buckley - a senior from University of Idaho. He's 6-4, 305.

    The kid will probably go undrafted. He does not even appear in CBSSports' prospect list (That is a very extensive list). 

    Yet, his 6.5 sacks this season ranks 5th among DTs/NTs, behind Donald, Bromley, Quarles and Whitlock (a 250lb kid who's listed on ESPN as a NT). I can't seem to find a list for TFLs, but I know he has 15 TFLs - probably good enough for top 5 again among DTs.

    The only video I found on him was a highlight video on youtube. While it's biased to showing his good traits, IMO it's pretty clear from this video that this kid is a very athletic and high motor 6-4, 305. From this video, it is easy to understand how he generated those TFLs and sacks. He could be a late bloomer who's just blooming at the right time for a team who picks him up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KlHaqjF6yk



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    QuayShawne Buckley, who started at defensive tackle for the Vandals, has been dismissed from the team following a DUI charge stemming from a car crash on February 2nd.

       

    Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 2:26 pm | Updated: 3:53 pm, Mon Feb 11, 2013.

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    Idaho defensive tackle QuayShawne Buckley has been dismissed from the team after he was arrested for driving under the influence in the early-morning hours of Feb. 2.

    Buckley's dismissal was confirmed to the Tribune by Idaho officials.

    According to a police report filed by Moscow Police, Buckley crashed his car into a pair of parked cars and then failed field sobriety tests.

    No one was hurt in the crash.

     

    http://idaho.scout.com/2/1332782.html

    He also left in 2012, not a good track record.

     

    Quayshawne Buckley   Ht: 6-3 Wt: 303
    Position: DT Date of Birth: 08/25/1991 Class: Senior High School: Colony HS
    (Ontario, CA) College: Idaho

    Biography: CAREER STATS
    - Honorable Mention FBS All-Independent Team (2013)
    2011 - 38 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack
    2012 - 25 tackles, 6 TFL, 3 sacks

    2013 INSIDE SLANT
    Buckley joined the Vandals in the fall of 2011 after signing originally with Washington State in 2009. The standout defensive line prospect never enrolled at WSU, and eventually made his way to the University of Idaho campus in 2010.

    He was cleared by the NCAA and was eased into action for the Silver and Gold spring game in 2011. After seeing spot duty in the first four games, Buckley had a break out performance at Virginia (six tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss). That game cemented his home on the Vandal defensive line (six starts while playing in all 12 games) as he finished the year with 38 tackles (12 solo), including a seven tackle performance at BYU.

    Last fall (2012) Buckley finished 25 tackles on the season (13 solo), six tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks. His signature game of the season came at home against the Wyoming Cowboys, where he finished with two quarterback sacks and five tackles (four solo).

    Buckley was removed from the team at the end of the 2012 season for a violation of team rules, but worked with the new Idaho coaching staff during the spring and summer (he was not with the team for spring camp), and was reinstated on the team shortly before the team regrouped for fall camp.

    For 2013 the 6-foot-3, 303-pound Buckley is expected to top the defensive tackle (3-technique) depth chart and is expected to anchor what could be a solid Vandal defensive front line.

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    Definitely a bit of a pattern in questionable behavior. DUIs though are so common. If that's all his issue is, then I think he still warrants a look, especially in the 7th or FA. For all you know, he might have finally learned his lesson from that last incident. 

     
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    I nice late round OG from Iowa.

     

    NFL Combine profile: Conor Boffeli

    BY BEN ROSS | FEBRUARY 17, 2014 5:00 AM

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    Name: Conor Boffeli
    Position: Offensive line
    Dimensions: 6’4’’, 294 lbs

    Boffeli certainly wasn’t Iowa’s best lineman in 2013, but his versatility to play both guard positions got him on the field and kept him there. He was no Brandon Scherff, but Boffeli did enough to become a regular member of arguably Iowa’s best position group. The Hawkeyes are known to pump out offensive lineman, so it’s to Boffeli’s credit that he was able to earn a regular spot with the unit.

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    I believe that if you are going to take an OG who weighs less than 315 lbs, he'd better be a special OG. The first sentence certainly says the opposite.

     
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    DT, S or TE for me in Rd 1.



    I would love Pryor or Clinton-Dix but they'll be gone

     
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    I nice late round OG from Iowa.

     

    NFL Combine profile: Conor Boffeli

    BY BEN ROSS | FEBRUARY 17, 2014 5:00 AM

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    Name: Conor Boffeli
    Position: Offensive line
    Dimensions: 6’4’’, 294 lbs

    Boffeli certainly wasn’t Iowa’s best lineman in 2013, but his versatility to play both guard positions got him on the field and kept him there. He was no Brandon Scherff, but Boffeli did enough to become a regular member of arguably Iowa’s best position group. The Hawkeyes are known to pump out offensive lineman, so it’s to Boffeli’s credit that he was able to earn a regular spot with the unit.

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    I believe that if you are going to take an OG who weighs less than 315 lbs, he'd better be a special OG. The first sentence certainly says the opposite.




    Agreed, but I think Iowa lineman are always worth a chance.  He would be a late pick or UDFA.  Worth developing especially if he can play center.  Also, weight can change. A redshirt year and he could be up to 310 easily. 

     
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    I've mentioned Palepoi a couple of times... seems like a high motor kid with a very good burst and lateral agility... I'll have to look into the rest.



    Been scouring the internet for sleepers. One DT that I am trying to learn more about is QuayShawne Buckley - a senior from University of Idaho. He's 6-4, 305.

    The kid will probably go undrafted. He does not even appear in CBSSports' prospect list (That is a very extensive list). 

    Yet, his 6.5 sacks this season ranks 5th among DTs/NTs, behind Donald, Bromley, Quarles and Whitlock (a 250lb kid who's listed on ESPN as a NT). I can't seem to find a list for TFLs, but I know he has 15 TFLs - probably good enough for top 5 again among DTs.

    The only video I found on him was a highlight video on youtube. While it's biased to showing his good traits, IMO it's pretty clear from this video that this kid is a very athletic and high motor 6-4, 305. From this video, it is easy to understand how he generated those TFLs and sacks. He could be a late bloomer who's just blooming at the right time for a team who picks him up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KlHaqjF6yk



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    Posted: Monday, February 11, 2013 2:26 pm | Updated: 3:53 pm, Mon Feb 11, 2013.

    Troy Warzocha | 1 comment

    Idaho defensive tackle QuayShawne Buckley has been dismissed from the team after he was arrested for driving under the influence in the early-morning hours of Feb. 2.

    Buckley's dismissal was confirmed to the Tribune by Idaho officials.

    According to a police report filed by Moscow Police, Buckley crashed his car into a pair of parked cars and then failed field sobriety tests.

    No one was hurt in the crash.

     

    http://idaho.scout.com/2/1332782.html

    He also left in 2012, not a good track record.

     

    Quayshawne Buckley   Ht: 6-3 Wt: 303
    Position: DT Date of Birth: 08/25/1991 Class: Senior High School: Colony HS
    (Ontario, CA) College: Idaho

    Biography: CAREER STATS
    - Honorable Mention FBS All-Independent Team (2013)
    2011 - 38 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack
    2012 - 25 tackles, 6 TFL, 3 sacks

    2013 INSIDE SLANT
    Buckley joined the Vandals in the fall of 2011 after signing originally with Washington State in 2009. The standout defensive line prospect never enrolled at WSU, and eventually made his way to the University of Idaho campus in 2010.

    He was cleared by the NCAA and was eased into action for the Silver and Gold spring game in 2011. After seeing spot duty in the first four games, Buckley had a break out performance at Virginia (six tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss). That game cemented his home on the Vandal defensive line (six starts while playing in all 12 games) as he finished the year with 38 tackles (12 solo), including a seven tackle performance at BYU.

    Last fall (2012) Buckley finished 25 tackles on the season (13 solo), six tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks. His signature game of the season came at home against the Wyoming Cowboys, where he finished with two quarterback sacks and five tackles (four solo).

    Buckley was removed from the team at the end of the 2012 season for a violation of team rules, but worked with the new Idaho coaching staff during the spring and summer (he was not with the team for spring camp), and was reinstated on the team shortly before the team regrouped for fall camp.

    For 2013 the 6-foot-3, 303-pound Buckley is expected to top the defensive tackle (3-technique) depth chart and is expected to anchor what could be a solid Vandal defensive front line.

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    Definitely a bit of a pattern in questionable behavior. DUIs though are so common. If that's all his issue is, then I think he still warrants a look, especially in the 7th or FA. For all you know, he might have finally learned his lesson from that last incident. 




    Agreed, I think he is worth a look. Is he listed to go to the combine or just do a pro-day?

     
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    I would rather go DT first. I think Niklas will be there at #58.

    If we could get Hageman/Niklas rd. 1-2 that would be awesome



    DT, S or TE for me in Rd 1.



    The only negative I have read is straightline speed.  That should be put to rest at the combine.  I really thing he is the closest to replicating what Gronk does in totality.  On where he goes, I could see him as a mid-late 2nd rd.  Will see after the combine and pro-days.

    As far as order, I agree with DT, S, TE and I wouldn't discount OG or DE, it just depends who drops.

     
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    I could see BB targeting a big (6-2 225), powerful SEC back like Alfred Blue late on Day 3 or as an URFA.

    If Blount bolts BB will draft a late round special at RB but if he wants to spend a 4rth round pick on Jeremy Hill he would probably get him, 16 TD's last season and younger than Blue.


     
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    I could see BB targeting a big (6-2 225), powerful SEC back like Alfred Blue late on Day 3 or as an URFA.

    If Blount bolts BB will draft a late round special at RB but if he wants to spend a 4rth round pick on Jeremy Hill he would probably get him, 16 TD's last season and younger than Blue.




    Hill can cetainly bang... though I think he's off the board on Day 2... one of the top backs in this draft, IMO... but does have some off the field questions.

     
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    I would rather go DT first. I think Niklas will be there at #58.

    If we could get Hageman/Niklas rd. 1-2 that would be awesome



    DT, S or TE for me in Rd 1.



    The only negative I have read is straightline speed.  That should be put to rest at the combine.  I really thing he is the closest to replicating what Gronk does in totality.  On where he goes, I could see him as a mid-late 2nd rd.  Will see after the combine and pro-days.

    As far as order, I agree with DT, S, TE and I wouldn't discount OG or DE, it just depends who drops.



    I agree on DE, it's not discussed much, but they have very little quality depth behind Chandlr and Nink... hopefully Buchanan will continue to develop, but Bequette hasn't done anything.  If they took an OG, I'd understand it, but I think the OG value in this class in between Rd's 2-4 with Su'a- Filo, Richburg, Bitonio, Steen, Watt and Stork all being players of interest for me.

     
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    Some good comments from Mike Mayock, puts the draft in perspective.  Deepest draft in 10, years, a top 20 pick is the same as a top 10 from last year.  NO RGIII or Luck. If this is true, a team's first 2 picks in this draft could potentially be starters with the 3rd rder close. Another good draft for OT.  I wouldn't discount NE taking an OT in the 1st 3 rds.  They never do what we thing they will do.

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    NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock held a marathon media teleconference of roughly 2 hours, 40 minutes to discuss draft prospects entering the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. A look at some of Mayock's key points:

     

    NFL Scouting Combine 

    1. Manziel a Flutie-Tarkenton hybrid

    In describing former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as a combination of Doug Flutie and Fran Tarkenton, but also seeing some flaws from Manziel's poor performances against LSU and Missouri, Mayock's five most succinct words were these: "I believe in the kid."

    2. Is Clowney motivated?

    How badly does Jadeveon Clowney want to be a dominant NFL player? That's the question Mayock has about the former South Carolina defensive end whose mental makeup is expected to be placed under a far more powerful microscope at the combine than his unassailable physical skills.

    3. Mizzou's Sam 'a tweener'

    The NFL's first openly gay draft prospect, former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, has been cast by scouts essentially as a third-down player in the NFL who will provide a pass rush off the edge, but little else. Count Mayock among those who view Sam this way, but with the NFL putting a premium on pass rushers, Sam could still be picked as high as the third round. Mayock said Arkansas defensive end Chris Smith, also undersized like Sam, projects for the same role and in the same area of the draft (rounds 3 to 5).

    4. Deepest draft in a while

    Mayock's thoughts on the depth of overall talent in the draft were strong. "Deepest and best draft class I've seen in probably 10 years," he said. "I had a GM tell me the other day that having a top 20 pick this year is like having a top 10 pick last year. There are some positions that are stacked, where you can get a quality player through three or four rounds."

    5. Ford to the Eagles?

    Mayock brought up Auburn defensive end Dee Ford on multiple occasions on the conference call as a potential impact pass rusher at the next level and finds him to be a potential fit with the Philadelphia Eagles. "He doesn't have as much length as you might like," Mayock said. "He's a guy with some real edge burst, and a guy who can fit what the Eagles do."

    6. Hot and cold on Hageman

    Mayock said Minnesota defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman looks like a first-round pick in some games, and in others "he disappears for three quarters" and looks like a fifth- or sixth-round pick. Mayock said a good evaluation of Hageman must properly balance both the best and worst of his body of work.

    7. LSU's Hill a risk/reward RB

    The combination of a troubled past and playing a non-premium position will conspire to hurt LSU running back Jeremy Hill, Mayock believes. Hill, who is scheduled to be on probation through July 2015 after two arrests, is the most gifted SEC running back in the draft. "I think he's going to look good at the combine. He's got really good feet for his size. The bigger thing for this kid is being able to look teams in the eye and explain what he did and why he did it. ... He's certainly a risk/reward guy. ... If he was clean off the field, I'd say second round in a heartbeat. With a second-round offensive grade, he'd be fortunate to go in the third or the fourth."

    8. Hyde's draft projection

    Speaking of running backs, Mayock is impressed with Ohio State's Carlos Hyde, although not impressed enough to project him for the first round, as NFL Media analyst Charles Davis did in his latest mock draft.  "I love his feet. For a 235 pound guy, he's got great feet. Pass protection, I think he needs to get a little bit better," Mayock said. "He can be a three-down back. He's got everything you're looking for. I think he probably goes in the second round. He cuts well, has good balance. Has good ability to make you miss in the hole."

    9. Three WR options for Ravens

    Asked about potential wide receivers who could be available to the Baltimore Ravens with the No. 16 or 17 pick, Mayock sees a variety of possibilities. "(Sammy) Watkins will be long gone. Then you start to get into what flavor do you like?" Mayock said, citing USC's Marqise Lee, Texas A&M's Mike Evans and Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin and saying they are completely different receivers. "I really believe when the Ravens get on the clock, at least one, if not two, of those three will be available. They bring different things to the table."

    10. Plenty of OTs to be found

    As high as Mayock is on the depth of wide receivers in the draft, he was equally effusive about offensive tackles beyond the first round. "If you're not going to jump on a tackle in the first round, you can get into the second round, or even later in the second round," he said. Mayock named Virginia's Morgan Moses, Clemson's Brandon Thomas, Nevada's Joel Bitonio and Ohio State's Jack Mewhort as a few good examples of players who could be found in the second or third round and are likely to be starters.

    11. High on TCU's Verrett

    For NFL defenses that were shredded by slot receivers last year, Mayock sees Texas Christian CB Jason Verrett as the best answer as a nickel back prospect. "My favorite nickel in the draft is Jason Verrett from TCU," Mayock said. "The only reason I wouldn't say he's a top-20 pick is because of his size. He's 5-(foot)-9, probably 185 (pounds). But he's ideal for the slot, because he's quick-footed, and he's tough. Remember, the slot guys, what gets overlooked is that you've got to tackle also. And this is a tough kid."

    12. Sankey the next Bernard?

    Washington RB Bishop Sankey is among the players Mayock most looks forward to seeing at the combine, and he compared him to Cincinnati Bengals rookie Giovani Bernard. "I want to see him catch the football. I don't get to see enough diversity of catches and routes off his tape. I think he can be a lot like the kid out of North Carolina (Bernard), if he can catch the football like that," Mayock said. Two more combine happenings worth watching, according to Mayock: The speed of Southern Cal WR Marqise Lee, and the way former Oregon TE Colt Lyerla handles questions about his off-field troubles.

    13. Fuller underrated

    In noting that long speed is the primary question for cornerback prospects Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State and Kyle Fuller of Virginia Tech, Mayock let on that he is far more excited about Fuller than most draft pundits. "If they both run well, I think they're going to climb even higher, especially the Fuller kid, who most people have in the second or third round, and I think he's a first-round player."

    14. Top 3 QBs fit Browns

    Mayock noted that some quarterbacks fare better in high winds and cold weather than others. Big hands, he said, also help in that regard. But on the subject of the Cleveland Browns' best quarterback option, Mayock believes all three of the draft's top passers -- UCF's Blake Bortles, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater and Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel -- could be a good fit for Cleveland. "Bortles is kind of the bigger, stronger guy. People think he's got the biggest arm. I'm not sure if he does or not. But I also think he's the least developed of the three. Bridgewater is the most ready-to-play NFL-style quarterback in this draft. Manziel's got that 'it' factor where I don't think it matters."

    15. Patriots on the clock

    Asked about tight end and defensive line possibilities for the New England Patriots with the No. 29 overall pick, Mayock cast two names for the Belichick braintrust: TE Jace Amaro of Texas Tech and DT Ra'Shede Hageman of Minnesota. "A lot of people who like Amaro point to Hernandez and say he's that kind of guy," Mayock said, referring to former Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez. Mayock said Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is more similar to Rob Gronkowski, and that if the Patriots look for help at tight end they are more likely to target someone in the mold of Hernandez.

    16. High on Mack

    The best edge pass rusher in the draft after Jadeveon Clowney? It's not a defensive end, Mayock says -- it's Buffalo's Khalil Mack. "You can line up on a tight end, and he'd be OK. I think the important thing is that if you're drafting him as a 4-3 team, that in nickel and sub situations, you're freeing him up to go get the quarterback. ... I think after Clowney, I think he's the most gifted edge guy in the class," Mayock said.

    17. Bears should hope for Jernigan

    If Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is available to the Chicago Bears with the No. 14 overall pick, Mayock believes the club should have its track shoes on. "The defensive tackles are kind of a mixed back. My top two guys, (Louis) Nix and (Tim) Jernigan, couldn't be more different. I think Jernigan can step in and be special early. ... If he's sitting there when the Bears are on the board at No. 14, I think you sprint to the podium."

    18. Black Mamba's value

    Mayock had this to say about Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas, one of college football's most electrifying offensive players, as a wide receiver prospect: "Because of his speed and playmaking ability, in today's NFL he's more valuable than he would have been six, eight, 10 years ago. He probably goes in the fourth-round area. ... He's a kickoff guy, plus we got to get him 10 touches a game. How do we manufacture those 8 to 10 touches a game so he can make those plays for us that he did at Oregon?"

     
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    Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***

    Hit 3 mock draft sites and they all had Amaro for NE.  You all know what that means.  NE selects someone else.

     
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