Had a chance to listen in on a conf call with some draftniks who take these mock drafts and pre draft discussions very seriously. Some tidbits;
-the TE position has 3-4 legit high draft choice options. After these supposed few, there is a drop off in talent to players that may not make a team out of camp, more PS candidates. If the Pats are going to make a move at this position, it appears round1 or 2 is where they need to shop
-similarly, the CB position has 3 legit options to make an impact in the NFL in short time, and after those 3 the drop off is quite significant. If pats are looking for CB help ( most likely not) they would need to offer in the first round
-if the draft were to be held today, the consensus was that only 2 QB's are off the board when the Pats pick. This is not good news for the Pats.
-unanimous agreement that Andre Williams will not be a bull rusher in the NFL, as the defenders are simply too big, too strong and too good tacklers for him to be such a physical runner, and he doesn't possess the required speed, quickness, hands or blocking ability to be drafted prior to round 4. It's possible he could be the first back off the board (Steelers) but it more likely he slides to the 5-8 back off the board
-numerous teams looking to trade back. Wouldn't surprise if the Pats TRADED UP if a player they really like is available at 20ish. Also would not surprise on the clip side if they trade out of 29 with a team trying to grab a QB before Houston and Jacks draft in rd 2. The consensus was that Jacks would be the team to trade up with the Pats, and move ahead of the Texans to get the QB they prefer before Texans select.
-seems pretty sure Svitek will not be back. Seems the Pats really, really like the in house options over a mid round draft choice for the OL. My earlier thought was the Pats offer in rounds 1-3 for an OL, but sounds like that is not correct
-there was unanimous consensus that the pats would not select a WR
-there was unanimous consensus that the Pats need to address LB depth as the cupboard is bare. Most were not impressed with Beauharnis in last years draft and feel he is not an option other than maybe ST
disclaimer; I was not part of the call and was simply listening on speaker phone with someone who was part of the conversation. The exercise was part of due diligence for draft day and the on air personnel to familiarize themselves with the pats when it is their turn to choose.
Goes without saying; Reiss knows this team inside and out and has made great strides in his football knowledge. He is without question the go to guy for anything Pats.
Also goes without saying; I have always been very, very impressed with Bedards ability to break down tape and see things from a scouts point of view. He is simply the best. Period. However, Field Yates is right there with him.