In response to PatsEng's comment:
So just wanted to get everyones feeling on needs for the draft at this point in the season. For me right now I have:
#1 DT - DT is still my biggest need as we've seen without good DT's this D falls apart. With Wilfork and Kelly a year older and legs issues I'd be taking a huge look to one in the draft
#2 TE - If nothing else this season will be known as the one where it shows this O in the RZ and on 3rd downs is comletely reliant on having a top end TE. With Gronk there is no guarantee he'll make it through a season so I think this jumps up for me in high prioirty
#3 SS - Harmons been alright but I still think they need a hard hitting SS that has ability to cover TE's out of the backfield while still being able to roam up into the box for run support
#4 G - whether this is an eventual replacement for Mankins or immediate replacement for Connolly I would say a G is going to be needed sooner rather than latter
#5 C - I think Wendell has done a good job but we need better protection up the middle and it starts with Wendell
#6 RB - I don't know how BB feels about Ridley but Blount and Bolden are JAGs that can be replaced and Vereen is injury prone to the point where we need a stable backup behind him. Woodhead would have been perfect but he's gone and they need someone else to help carry the load.
#7 QB - Lets face it Mallett might no be around next season and Brady is starting to show signs of age. Time to find an eventual replacement
#8 CB - Talib is a question mark to come back and even though Ryan and Dennard look good they will need someone with some size and speed to keep up with the Gordons of the world and that clearly isn't Arrington dispite his contract.
#10 OT - Vollmer is injury prone but I think they can make due with Cannon but they need some better depth than what they have
Under those assumptions here is my new mock -
1st - Hageman DT Minn - I don't think he's done enough to make him a top 20 pick I thinking mid to late 20's which might be close enough for the Pats to get him or move up slightly for him. He would be my first choice in the matter
Alt - Jace Amaro TE TT - Another one that could or couldn't be in the 20's but a total all around TE. I would be happy with either but I think because of the quality of QB's this year and CB's one could slip to us
2nd - C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa - He's a name flying up draft boards and we might have to take him in the mid-late 2nd to have a shot at him but I love his size, blocking ability, and hands. I think he could develop nicely into a starting caliber TE in a 2 TE set
alt - Kelcy Quarles DT SC - Another one moving up boards. Very quickly interior DL who can consistently get into the backfield. I love his aggressiveness in plays and ability to slip blocks
3rd - David Yankey G/OT Stanford - Yankey is a very technically sound blocker in both aspects of the game. Someone Scar can really work with. He also gives flexibility as a potential RT, RG, and might have the ability to play LG in the pro's. If available in the 3rd he's my choice
alt - Anthony Steen G Ala - not nearly as techinical as Yankey he is just a steam roller for Ala. I'd say he's almost a pure RG right now but has a chance to improve his pass blocking. He'd be a good pick up if they decide to focus more on a running game as Brady gets older.
4th - Daniel McCullers DT Tenn - McCullers has fallen hard but you can't teach his size. I'd love to double down on DT if available and McCullers seems like a steal this late in the draft.
alt - De'Anthony Thomas RB Ore - A smaller but extremely quick RB, his size will bring injury concerns as will his ankle injury which will drop him in the draft. However, he's an explosive change of pace back that would make up nicely with Vereen as a pass catching option. He could also be a return man in the kicking game.
6th - Andre Williams RB BC - I know might be a bit of a pipe dream but 1 season doesn't make a career and some teams will have major question marks about his ability in the Pro's. We have seen RB's drop in recent years and I don't expect any different given the level of RB's in this years draft. There is a chance he could be there or the Pats could move up for him
Alt - Kenny Hillard RB LSU - A bigger bruiser back with decent speed. The running back by committee LSU approach means Hillard should have fresh legs and we haven't seen the best of him yet. It should also help to translate to the Pats approach
6th - CJ Barnett S Ohio - I'm not seeing great SS talent this year so I waited until now to take a risk on a player. Barnett is injury prone but when playing he's very solid in run support and has coverage ability. If not for injures I'd put him as a 2nd day prospect but all his injures will force him down to this range. Seems like a good BB type of gamble
alt - Ciante Evans CB Neb - A former Dennard team mate, he's slightly smaller but quicker than Dennard and has some good coverage potential but seems better suited as a money role CB. Could be a good STer who can eventually take over for Arrington once we can get out from that contract
7th - Insert random Rutgers player for the heck of it
I'd prob have CB ranked higher... the position is at such a premium in today's NFL and who knows what will happen with Talib after the season. If he's retained, then the need is reduced a bit, and I think Day 3 is a good spot, if he's not, then I think you could see a CB targeted on Day 1 or 2.
Like you, I would also like to see a true wrecking ball in the secondary.
As for your mock:
Assuming Amaro is there (doubt he will be if he declares), I think he's a no-brainer at this point... I've cooled on Hageman (pending further film review)... not sure what he really does well at this point (he's still relatively new to the position), though the upside is still immense and the measurables/length are elite.
I'd love to land Quarles there... would be great value... think his stock will be on the rise.
Yankey is probably a Top 40/50 player, with Rd 1 upside, so I don't know if he'll land in Rd 3... if he does, that's great value. I also like Steen there.
I like targeting a monster like McCullers in that range and would love to see an electric player like De'Anthony.
I think Andre Williams ends up late Day 2 or Early Day 3.
Like the Evans pick, not a popular name, but the kid can play... had him on my Big 53 board as well.