Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***WITH NEW MOCK***
posted at 12/18/2010 4:23 PM EST
1a. JJ Watts, DE/DT (Wisconsin) 6-6, 292
“Watt is one of those players that is simply playing his way into national attention. He is a blue-collar player who simply outworks and outhustles his opponent by wearing them down over the course of a game. Watt has the size and strength to play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive line. He has a frame that could still add on weight. He is on both the Lombardi Trophy and Bronco Nagurski Trophy watch lists. Watt began his career as tight end at Central Michigan before transferring to Wisconsin and redshirting for a year in 2008. He moved to defensive end in 2009 and started every game. Plays great against the run, using his shoulders and arms to fight for position. Great vision and makes quick adjustments to the ball-carrier. Not a pure pass rusher, relies heavily on his strength and athleticism to beat slower offensive linemen. Watt progressed very rapidly and has some versatility along the Badgers' defensive line. Can play almost any position along the line. He uses a quick first step to dig into blockers, preferring to bull rush into them.” http://www.fftoolbox.com/nfl_draft/profile_display.cfm?prospect_id=2727
1b. Gabe Carimi, OL, (Wisconsin) 6’7″ wt: 325
Carimi is a mauler that will open up holes in the running game and is a solid presence against the pass rush. He can play either left or right tackle.
2a. (trade down to later in the round and pick up an additional 4th round pick)
Justin Houston OLB/DE (Georgia)
Houston has good size at 6'3'' and 258 pounds. He looks like a defensive end, and that's exactly what he might play at the next level in a 4-3 scheme. In a 3-4 defense he can set up at rush linebacker. Has experience playing OLB in the 3-4 defense. Houston has been clocked as fast as 4.64 in the 40-yard dash. Through nine games as a junior, Houston has a whopping 15.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He also has ridiculous 35 quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.
2b. Daniel Thomas RB (Kansas State) or Mikel Leshoure, RB, (Illinois),
Thomas rushed for 1,265 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was even third on the team with 25 receptions for 257 yards. Thomas has proven that he can carry the load and at 228 pounds, he has the size to be a bruising back in the NFL. He may not be quite as explosive as some others, but he is an every down back.
3a. (trade into a 2012 2nd round pick) or Ben Ijalana OG/OT Villanova 6’4” 320
You want running lanes? Ben will give you running lanes. If Logan Mankins and Stephen Neal aren’t back in town next year, Ijalana would be a decent replacement.
3b. Chimdi Chekwa, CB (Ohio State), 6-0, 190, 4.42
4. Owen Marecic, FB/LB (Stanford) 6-1, 245
He is really a fullback, but he is also one heck of a special teams player who can make plays no matter what the situation may be. He has done a superb job blocking for the young Stanford backfield. For an NFL team that actually uses a fullback, Marecic will be a steal in the fourth or fifth round.
4b. (b/c of trade down of 2a) Cecil Shorts III, WR, (Mount Union) 6’0”
40: 4.43 had 252 receptions, 4,615 yards, 72 touchdowns on a four-year career. Shorts has played some running back, Wildcat quarterback, kick returner and regular quarterback as well.
5. Zach Hurd, OG, (UConn) 6’7” 325 or John Bender, OG, (Nevada) 6’8” 325
-Hurd is a massive blocker who stands out on film. Powerful at the point, Hurd easily turns defenders off the line run blocking or anchors in pass protection. He quickly gets his hands into opponents and keeps his feet moving yet Hurd is better in a small area as he’s exploited by quick, nimble defenders.
-Huge size and wingspan coupled with good footwork and overall mechanics. Bender, while huge is still mobile enough to get down-field and make second level blocks. Converted from tackle, lacks speed typically found in a guard. Can be beaten by speed rush.
6. Alex Henery, K, (Nebraska) 6’2” 175
We don’t know how Gostowski is going to recover and he has to be resigned. He has a strong leg with a career long field of 57 yards. He connected on 56 of his 57 PATs. He also made 18 of 21 field goals, with two of those misses from 50 yards or more. But Henery is also a solid punter
6. (Compensatory for watson) Allen Bradford, RB, USC 5’11” 235
Bradford is a load. He has a powerful body, topping 230lbs and he runs very hard between the tackles. What separates him from other big backs is his breakaway speed. Give him the slightest opening, and he will hit the hole and out run the defense to the end zone. Injury issues and has some problems holding on to the ball.