It's that time of year again, when fans latch their wagon onto certain players who they think will shine at the next level. I've often suggested to others to post their picks, many will brush off these suggestions but will be the first to tell you how easy the draft is. It will be interesting to see who accepts this challenge.
There's a large degree of luck and junk science involved in my picks, a lot of it is gut instinct. The year before last I had Nate Solder as the top rated player at the highest position of need for the Pats on offense and I missed on every player after that.
Last season I pegged Defensive Tackle as the biggest need position on either side of the ball and just like the season before was stonewalled for the 2nd year in a row, though I did hit on Don’t’a Hightower, Jake Bequette and Alfonzo Dennard.
Just like last few years I post the biggest position of need first so in this case I'll be starting on defense, specifically D tackle once again. This should be the final touch to this rebuilt defense we've all been watching take shape, of course it's just as likely BB will go offense (WR?) just to shock us.
Also like always the top rated positions on my board won't necessarily look like Kiper's or McShay's but I can guarantee you I will stick my neck out to defend my picks instead of agreeing that everybody is good and bad at the same time like they do.
I also pick players based on the Patriot’s systems (3/4 defense) and primarily take guys who worked out at the combine or pro day, if they didn't work out anywhere you may not see them here, though after the Chandler Jones pick last year I’ve taken the time to do some more college Pro Day research. I also break my WR's into groupings, traditional strong safety and free safety etc... you don't have to agree but it's all in fun.
This is my depth chart with the top being best, bottom being leftovers that might be finds late in the draft. This will be a fluid list in the days leading up to the draft as new information becomes available but I lock it in before the draft begins. I don’t take any of this very seriously so feel free to shred my list.
Star Lotulelei DT 6'2½"311 Utah
Johnathan Hankins DT 6'2⅞"320 Ohio State
Sylvester Williams DT 6'2⅝"313 North Carolina
Johnathan Jenkins DT 6'3⅝"346 Georgia
Jesse Williams DT 6'3⅜"323 Alabama
TJ Barnes DT 6'6¼"369 Georgia Tech
Kwame Geathers DT 6'5⅜"342 Georgia
Nicholas Williams DT 6'4½"309 Samford
Akeem Spence DT 6'0⅝"307 Illinois
Brandon Williams DT 6'1¼"335 Missouri South St
Sheldon Richardson DT 6'2½"294 Missouri
Sharrif Floyd DT 6'2⅝"297 Florida
Josh Boyd DT 6'2⅝"310 Mississippi State
Montori Hughes DT 6'4" 329 Tennessee-Martin
Jared Smith DT 6'3⅜"302 New Hampshire
4th and up
Jordan Hill DT 6'1¼"303 Penn State
Kawann Short DT 6'2⅞"299 Purdue
Bennie Logan DT 6'1⅞"309 LSU
Cory Grissom DT 6'1⅜"306 South Florida
Christopher Jones DT 6'1⅝"302 Bowling Green
I know many players I have going late are being projected to go earlier (Kawann Short, Shariff Floyd, Akeem Spence), they may very well, but likely to a 4/3 team. I also put a premium on production, school, size and overall mass.
Jessie Williams reminds me of Poe last year with great workouts but not much production, players like him or TJ Barnes might be project players. Montori Hughes is a thug but talented. There were smaller school players that really stood out , particularly local New Hampshire guy Jared Smith who had amazing measurables, as well as Josh Boyd, Brandon and Nicolas Williams.
I'll follow up with the rest once my fingers stop cramping...