Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***
posted at 4/14/2012 9:52 AM EDT
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***
[QUOTE]Afternoon Boys, Below is my Mock V3, this will be my last projection until Draft Day. As you all probably know by now, Mark Barron is the top player on my board and has been since very early on. I’m also realistic to the fact that he’ll prob be off the board when NE is slotted to select at both 27 and 31, if he isn’t, he’s my guy. ü The top of my Rd 1 Board today looks like this, though I think all too will likely be gone by 27/31: S- Mark Barron DL- Fletcher Cox DL- Michael Brockers OLB- Courtney Upshaw CB- Dre Kirkpatrick ü I’m also of the belief that when all is said and done, BB will likely have traded one of, if not both of his Rd 1 picks due to some combo of maybe moving up into the early 20’s to draft a player that is sliding a bit and/or to move back to acquire more picks for this year and the future as he seems to do every year. With that being said, below is my projection, not factoring in potential trades: 27- Dont’a Hightower- LB- Alabama - If the others are gone and this kid’s on the board, I think he makes too much sense for them. A lot of experience against elite competition, has excellent upside as an edge rusher, is well versed in a BB style 34 scheme, kid also has good size, improved movement ability (another year removed from surgery) is versatile and IMO can play any LB position in both 34 & 43 sets and also has some value as a rush end in a 43 set. Alternative: Stephon Gilmore- CB/S- South Carolina. 31 - Kendall Reyes- DL- UConn - Very good character/team captain, good size and athleticism, scheme diverse and has a big motor. He’s another kid that fits the Patriot’s player profile and I think he’d be an excellent addition upfront. Alternatives: Shea McClellin- OLB/ILB/DE- Boise State. / Doug Martin- RB- Boise State. 48 - Harrison Smith- S- ND - Very good size, moves well, very instinctive and always around the football, good ball skills, good tackler with knockout potential, has the ability to play in the deep half/third as well as down in the box and is very strong is run support. He’s also a team leader/captain with very good character; another great fit in NE. Alternatives: Josh Robinson- CB- UCF / Brandon Thompson- DL- Clemson. 62 - Jayron Hosley- CB- VT - Elite instincts and ball skills in the passing game, projects as an excellent zone CB at the NFL level and brings added value in the return game… kid has big play potential as both a defender and return man. He's not big, but doesn't shy away from contact and gives good effort in run support. Alternatives: Bobby Massie- OT- Ole Miss / Amini Silatolu- OG- Midwestern State. 93 - Senio Kelemete- OG/OT- Washington - Versatile kid that’s played OT and OG during his time at UW, he’s also an athletic kid that moves very well for his size, plays with aggression and nastiness, can pull/play in space and would look great at OG across from Mankins. Alternatives: Cam Johnson- OLB/DE- Virginia / Marvin Jones- WR- Cal. / Derek Wolfe- DL- Cincinnati / George Iloka- S- Boise State. 126 - Greg Childs- WR- Arkansas - This would be a great value pick IMO, as the kid has Rd 1/2 talent (he could also be an option in Rd 3). Very good size/speed combo, good quicks and RAC ability, physical player with upside as a blocker and isn’t afraid to work the middle of the field. He’s also well schooled in a pro-style offense and BB should be familiar with him due to time spent scouting Ryan Mallet. Alternatives: Devon Wylie- WR- Fresno State / Ron Brooks CB/S LSU / Jake Bequette- DE/OLB- Arkansas / Joe Adams- WR/RS- Arkansas.
Posted by mbeaulieu07[/QUOTE]
Nice mock but I heard PIT is all over Hightower if he's there at 24. They lost Farrior and Foote is getting up there and their biggest need is in the middle of their defense be it a NT or MLB. They might even go with a OLB pass rusher given the value they place on them but everyone in PIT is screaming for Hightower.
I don't see Harrison Smith lasting until 48. I don't think there is a snow ball's chance of that happening given the lack of good S in this draft. I have real concerns that he get past BAL but they will probably take Konz if he's there.
BB tends to "get his player" which makes me think he'll take him at 27 or 31 and trade the other pick or at least move it back to get Smith. Our needs are too great IMO not to take a real S and I won't be surprised if we took a S and a CB, Jenkins and Smith at the top of our board.