Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 3/4/2014 3:02 PM EST
In response to PatsEng's comment:
Post Combine mock:
So going over some stuff and looking at who the Pats talked to and some 3 cone numbers (honestly the Pats love 3 cone numbers) here is my post combine mock. I tried not to have any trades but with the expected 3 comp picks I couldn't help but to package the 6th and 7th to move into the 5th for a single player but no guesses as to early rounds or Mallett because that's almost useless:
1st - RaShede Hageman DT - I know most are thinking TE and generally I agree but I think BB has his eyes set on one player for TE and he can get him in the 2nd. Hageman though has the size BB loves and versatility to move all over the line. If Nix was here BB would take him but Hageman is BBs chance at getting a Watt type of player and I just don't see BB missing a chance at getting that type of player considering how much BB compliments Watt.
2nd - CJ Fiedorowicz TE - Niklas might be the pick but I don't see him making it to the back of the 2nd. Fiedorowicz however has all the ear marks of a BB pick. Was one of the more solid TE's at the SB, top 3 cone and 20 shuttle time, and is just a wide body grinder who has great hands. He also has a connection with Herns brother who BB has still maintained contact even after the event.
3rd - Brandon Coleman WR - The Pats have been 1 of 3 teams linked to Coleman and you have to love his size and speed. He's the type of player you can toss on the outside and just toss it up to him. Not to mention RZ being a huge problem last year without Gronk and that's where Coleman would shine. Personally I'd rather have a more complete player in Hoffman but Coleman would make sense.
4th - Antone Exum CB/S - This is a great value pick the Pats love to take a chance on in the 4th. It looks increasing like Exum is going to have to move to S in the Pro's and at 6'1" 225lbs it wouldn't be hard to see him move to the SS role. He hits hard and can play in the run game but has CB skills to cover TE's and slot guys. It's BB's ideal SS, basically one with the coverage skills of a CB, the athletism of a FS, and the body of a SS.
5th (trade) - Aaron Lynch DE - BB just can't turn down this talent. What many considered a sure 1st round pick after his rook season suddenly things feel apart quickly. In the 5th the value of a top end pass rusher is too much to give up.
6th (comp) - Joe Dun Duncan TE - BB double dips at TE position and gets the hidden gem of the draft. Good route runner, very strong, and great hands. He could turn out to be one of the better TE's in the draft.
6th (comp) - Alex Bullard G/C - BB seems to like Tenn's OL so why not start with Bullard who's a swing player? It's a position of need and Bullard has good potential in the late rounds.
7th (comp) - Zach Fuller G - Another Tenn player back to back. Why not grab 2 players for the OL? They already know each other and play well together so grabbing 2 who could play next to each other makes perfect sense.
There's a very good chance that I'll have CJ (on Day 2) and Exum (Rd 4) in my next mock as well.
I'd be content with Hageman, but prefer Tuitt if he's there.
Like you, I prefer other WR's in Rd 3 (i.e. Latimer), but Coleman makes sense as you mention.
I can't say that I'm a huge Lynch guy, but why not take a chance on upside at that point.
Would be a pretty good spot to land Hillbilly Duncan.