The arrival of Super Bowl hype also means mock draft season is firing up (mock draft creep -- it's real), and with that you can start to imagine what several players might look like in a Patriots uniform. One of the best mockers, SI.com's Don Banks, took his first shot today and has the Patriots taking Texas defensive end Sergio Kindle at No. 22.
During the college football season, I kind of thought Kinlde was a top-10 level talent and that if the Patriots wanted him -- and his pass-rushing skills as a 3-4 outside linebacker make Kindle an ideal fit -- they would have to move up. But Banks's mock draft isn't the first I've seen that has Kindle falling to the latter stages of the first round.
Of course, there is a long, long way to go before the draft arrives. But at the moment, Kindle landing with the Patriots seems to make a lot of sense. The Patriots had no pass rush aside from Tully Banta-Cain, and both he and Derrick Burgess are free agents. (Bert looked at some other options down in Mobile.) Kindle is a freakishly gifted athlete. It could be a perfect fit and a steal if Kindle falls into their laps at No. 22.