Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED MOCK 1/15***
posted at 2/1/2011 11:48 PM EST
Nice article Faucet. Here is my 1st mock of the season. Feedback is encouraged and welcome.
#17 J.J. Watt-DE-Wisconsin
A tough and smart BB type football player. One of very few prospects who can be a 3-down DE in our 3-4 defense. Cam Jordan is also an option, but for whatever reason, I think Watt is BB's choice. Plus, all Pats 1st round picks have last names starting in M or W.
#28 Anthony Castonzo-OT-Boston College
A local BC kid-from a school that produces very good linemen. Castonzo and Vollmer are two big tackles, who with the help of Scar, anchor our line for years to come. Castonzo could start right away, but might benefit if he spends a year or two backing up Matt Light.
#33 Danny Watkins-OG-Baylor
Yes, I know he's 26, but the talent is very much there. He was the best interior lineman at the combine, and would have a shot at the 1st round if he wasn't so old. He has good character, and is an all-round solid guard. BB has always been the one to take the players others avoid-Watkins has tremendous talent and should start right away. BB seems like the exact type of coach who would ignore his age.
#60 Brooks Reed-DE/OLB-Arizona
Seems like the perfect Patriot, no? A motor that never stops running, and a very good pass rusher as well. He reminds many scouts of Clay Matthews, who the Pats passed on. If we got pressure on Mark Sanchez, we win the game, drafting Brooks Reed will help to fix the problem.
#74 Randall Cobb-WR/RB/QB/KR/PR-Kentucky
See all the slashes? I thought so, Cobb is exactly the versatile type of player BB wants on his team. Cobb will primarily help our WR crew, adding another weapon for Brady, but can also help the team in other ways. He opens up so many opportunities for our already dangerous offense. This kid holds the SEC record for all-purpose yards-a stat that is sure to catch BB's eye.
#92 Roy Helu Jr-HB-Nebraska
Probably the best running back in Senior Bowl practices. The Pats need some depth at HB, and nobody is a better rounded back than Helu. He can catch, and should help diversify our offense-providing another threat in addition to Green-Ellis and Woodhead.
#124 Owen Marecic-FB/ILB-Stanford
A solid blocker, and special teams stand out. Again has the versatility that BB craves. He is hard working and truly fits the mold of a Patriots player.
#140 Jalil Brown-CB-Colorado
Probably won't last this long after his Senior Bowl so we might have to trade up. Still, Brown is a god, underrated CB who should help shore up a weak CB depth chart.
#168 Nathan Enderle-QB-Idaho
t's always good business to develop QB prospects, besides we need some competition for Hoyer in camp. Enderle is a accurate passer and good decision maker. He plays in a pro style offense, so he should be NFL ready as a backup. May never be a starter, but thats what they said about Brady!
I don't believe we have a 7th round pick