Re: ***My Latest Mock Draft 4-7-13***
posted at 4/8/2013 6:29 PM EDT
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
Below is my latest Mock... I'm projecting what I, as well as a lot of fans would like to see... an upgrade to the DL and double dipping to add perimeter talent at both WR and CB. Kayvon Webster is a new name that I found while researching potential Day 3 CB's... certainly looks like a BB type CB due to his physicality, speed and triangle #'s:
Let me know what you think:
Rd 1- DT Jesse Williams (6-3 320)- Alabama: I haven't moved off of this pick in a long, long time... I just think his size, power, versatility, pedigree and upside makes too much sense if he's available. Alternatives: DE/OLB- Tank Carradine - DT- Sylvester Williams UNC - WR- DeAndre Hopkins - WR- Keenan Allen - DT- John Hankins - DL- Datone Jones
RESPONSE: Please explain WHY?? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that the Pats' greatest needs were for a pass-rusher, help in the secondary, deep-threat WR, interior DL help to back up Vince Wilfolk, and OL depth. I haven't read where BB plans to go back to a 3-4 base defense? Why select a two-down, run-stuffing NT? Especially a one dimensional one, with short-arms, and no track record for collapsing the pocket on passing downs? NT is the deepest position talent-wise in this draft. A good one like Williams likely could be had late in the second round. I see the Pats trading down.
Rd 2- WR Stedman Bailey (5-10 193)- WVU: As underrated a kid as there is in this class, IMO. He looks like a complete WR to me: Very good route runner, seperates consistently, excellent hands and ball skills, good quicks/RAC ability, competitive, can play on the outside, productive, good effort as a blocker, playmaker. Alternatives: CB- DJ Hayden - CB/S- Johnthan Banks - WR- Quinton Patton - CB- Logan Ryan - CB Darius Slay - WR-Markus Wheaton
Rd 3- CB/PR Tyrann Mathieu (5-9 186)- LSU: Extremely competitive and aggressive kid that brings versatility, physicality and a lot of playmaking potential to the table, both as a defender and return man. Alternatives: - WR- Da’Rick Rogers - S-Shamarko Thomas - S- Josh Evans - CB- Dwayne Gratz - WR- Ryan Swope - DE/OLB- Michael Buchanan
RESPONSE: If the Pats decide not to sign Steeler WR Manuel Sanders, and keep their 3rd round pick (91st overall), I can live with this selection. Though Mathieu is an airhead, BB and his boys may be able to keep this kid in line. If so, the Pats will have one heck of a punt returner...and a nickel CB, with a nose for the ball. But, why would the Pats want a nickel CB, after investing so much money to resign Kyle Arrington?
Rd 7- CB- Kayvon Webster (5-10 192)- South Florida: Looks like the prototype BB CB prospect… physical, fast, very good triangle #’s and is a very good open field tackler. Alternative: CB/S- Micah Hyde - DL- Kapron Lewis-Moore - DL- Quinton Dial - S- Orhian Johnson
RESPONSE: An acceptable 7th round project.
Rd 7-WR TJ Moe (5-11 204)- Mizzou: A very good quicks/COD type kid that projects to the slot in the NFL. Alternatives: RB- Spencer Ware - TE- Michael Williams - WR- Mark Harrison - OL- Tanner Hawkinson
RESPONSE: Another Ebert type. Why roll dice on a slot receiver?
Sorry...don't take this personally, but these are not good picks for the Patriots. None of these selections can possibly improve their pass rush. Williams in round one is an awful pick, even if BB decides to re-commit to a 3-4 defense. The guy likely could be had late in the second round...or even in round three. The 3-4 is not the best scheme to fit the talents of BB's best young defender, DE Chandler Jones. Stedman Bailey doesn't have the elite speed or size to justify taking him over a defender in round 2. The Honey Badger is an intriguing project. He'd be worth the risk, if he can be had with the 91st overall pick.
That said, I like your alternative selections far better. Datone Jones in round one makes far more sense than Jesse Williams. Jones is a much more scheme versatile player, who can rush the passer. Love CB D.J. Hayden in round 2...and the Honey Badger in round 3, as discussed above. I'd be pleased if the Pats could pull off that trifecta.