Pat Kirwan, an NFL.com senior analyst who spent a season as a Bill Belichick co-worker in 1997 with the Jets when Belichick was assistant head coach/secondary and Kirwan was director of player administration, has posted his final mock draft for 2010, a three-round try that has some interesting selections for New England.
Kirwan splits the Pats’ four picks over the first two rounds (they don’t currently own a third-round slot) evenly between offense and defense.
His selections, with the reasoning he offers for each:
22. Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Bill Belichick always has to have the kind of receivers Tom Brady need to pick apart opponents. Randy Moss thinks this is his last year in New England and Wes Welker is coming off a season-ending injury. Bryant has excellent receiving skills, is not afraid to go over the middle and couold be a 50-reception guy as a rookie.
44. Jerry Hughes, LB, TCU
This is the first of three picks in the second round for the Patriots, who need pass rush help. Hughes is the “joker” type Belichick loves, having played defensive end at TCU but also possessing the skill set to play linebacker.
47. Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Tebow to the Patriots? Why not? Tebow can sit behind [Tom] Brady and learn like Matt Cassel did before he stepped on the field and won 10 games as New England’s starter. Belichick will find creative things for him to do as the process moves along.
53. Austen Lane, DE, Murray State
Never heard of Lane? He came to the Senior Bowl and quickly demonstrated his pass-rush skills. At 6-foot-5 and 276 pounds with long arms, Lane has the traits of a 3-4 defensive end and he played outside linebacker in college as well. When I interviewed Lane, I felt like I was talking with [the Vikings’] Jared Allen.
In his previous mock, posted three weeks ago, Kirwan had Jared Odrick of Penn State going to the Patriots at number 22.