Ok pulled together my top 3 per round and here's my thinking:
Day 1 - I'm looking for the beasties in the two biggest positions of need right now, DT and TE. Even though I think Wilfork and Kelly will be back both will be coming back from lower body injures a year old. That says to me you need to have a starting caliber player ready to be plugged in. I like Siliga as an early down sub and maybe Jones or Vellano as a sub rusher but we still have no clue if Armstead can play. I'd like to rebuild the anchor spot and get ready for Wilfork to leave this draft if possible.
Ra'Shede Hageman DT - Minn - 6'6" 311lbs
I know MB has cooled off on Hageman but I still see an all around DL who is quick enough to play 34 DE and 43 DT. If he adds some consistency he has the ability to dominate behind the line and has shown ability to drop back into coverage. The key word that BB loves is versatile and that describes Hageman to a T
Jace Armaro TE - TT - 6'5" 260
I see TEs going the RB route in the draft. Lots of hype but maybe only two TE's will be taken in the 1st so there is a shot at Armaro making to the mid 20-late 20 range which should be good enough for the Pats to get him if they want him. Natural pass catcher with sneaky speed and good route running for a TE. Needs to work on blocking a bit but certainly ahead of most TE's coming out of college. He's an all around TE much like Gronk.
Ego Ferguson DT - LSU - 6'3" 309
If declaring Ferguson could be the sleeper of the first. He's got good power for his size with surprising great burst on the line. His quickness has let him get into the backfield on more occassions than not. I've also seen him improve his hands greatly over the last year and develop a nice pass rushing move over to bull rush. I actually think he's a better DT with a higher ceiling than his teammate Johnson who's a first round grade.
Tuitt would be an obvious choice in the 1st but I think he'll earn his draft stock back at the combine and rise into the teens out of reach for the Pats.
Day 2 - Here I'm still looking line but also opening up to DBs and WRs
Zack Martin OT/OG - ND - 6'4" 304
I like Martin a lot who has excellent vision for picking up blitzers. If he was a bit bigger he'd be a teen pick at T but his size might scare a couple teams off. However, I want him to take a Mankins approach. I see him as a future LG who could play T in a pinch. If Vollmer isn't long for the Pats he can take over at RT and push Cannon inside or he can play G inside too. He might not make it to the middle of the 2nd round though as some team might take a shot on him in the top 50
C.J. Fiedorowicz TE - Iowa - 6'7" 265
There is not much I don't like about the kid. He's a jack of all trades but a master of known. An effective receiver but won't blow you away with speed or route running. An effective blocker but don't expect him to get off more than 1 or 2 blocks. He's a upgrade Hooman who has potential to be a poormans Gronk.
David Yankey OT/G - Stanford - 6'5" 311
Yankey is a tectical blocker. He might not blow you away with athletism but he will control you at the line. Able to shift from T to G if he can add a little weight without losing foot speed he'd make for a good RT. He is better as a zone blocker but switches well between run blocking and pass blocking.
Antone Exum CB/S - Vir T - 6'1" 225
Exum has played well as both a S and CB while at Vir Tech. If not for injury concerns he'd be a early 2nd late 1st round consideration much like Meriweather was. A bit slow to play outside CB he can in a pinch but given his frame I see him as a large FS or SS. At 225lbs and over 6'1" he would have little issue covering TE's out of the backfield on moving up to the box and stuffing a run. I know most are looking for a LB who can convert to SS (as I still am too) but I wouldn't be shocked to see BB go for a SS sized CB and have him play more a FS role next to McCourty who can move up to the box.
Brandon Coleman WR - Rutgers - 6'6" 220
I know we have some WRs already and some more via IR last year but it's hard for me to say no to someone with that size and athletic ability. He's a DC's mismatch nightmare in the RZ as with his quick feet LB's and S's should have a hard time covering him and no CB will climb a ladder higher than him. Considering or RZ issues this year having a big RZ WR specialist might be the way to go. Imagine a receiver formation of Dobson, Gronk, Feid and Coleman with Vereen or Ridley in the backfield and make the other team cry looking up.
Will Sutton DT/DE - Ari - 6'1" 295
Sutton has fallen a long way after adding weight. If he was smart he'd drop 10lbs by the combine and get his speed back up. The weight he gained to become a DT has really hurt him but the dominant pass rush potential is still there. Drop a little weight and he can become a heavy DE or a quick rushing smaller DT. Just for potential he's worth a look
Day 3 -
Daniel McCullers NT - Tenn - 6-8 360
The only one to fall further than Sutton on the DL might be McCullers. He had a very disappointing year but you just can't teach his size. He learns how to better leverage his body and this kid can be scary. There is no way you are moving him off the line even if you want to.
Aundrey Walker G - USC - 6'6" 300
Walker was an average T when he switched to G. After the switch it suddenly clicked and he took off. With another year he could get into day 2 so the Pats could be wise to invest early and get in the ground floor if Walker declares.
Joe Dun Duncan TE - Dixie State - 6'3" 267
My first Div II sleeper has 3 names, how can you beat that? Well if that wasn't enough for you how about being invited to the senior bowl as a Div II TE? From what I've seen he is that good. A bit on the slower side he somehow managers to put up numbers comparable to WRs. He has great ability to box out defenders and somehow just finds open space. He is also a bulldozer once the ball is in his hands.
Tyler Larsen C - Utah S - 6'4" 312
Larsen had a solid overall year and is a better run blocker than a pass blocker but he is someone Scar can work well with. It will be interesting to see how he performs in the east-west shrine game
Keith McGill CB - Utah - 6'3" 205
McGill missed all of 12' but rebounded well in 13'. He's a bit raw but has tremendous speed for his size with a knack to cover taller outside receivers. Needs to use his big body more often and be more agressive at the line (I fear his 12' injury made him tenative to hit) he has a lot of upside because of athletic ability. Whether he can put it all together is a question mark but that's why I have him pegged in the 5th.
Denicos Allen LB/S - Mich S - 5'11" 225
Everyone looking for the LB/S hybrid might want to check Allen out. He might not have great height but he's built like a truck and hits hard. He had a massive year in 11' with 11 sacks and good in pursuit. His numbers dropped off a little but he still averaged 5.5 sacks his final 2 years with dbl digit TFLs. He is good in pursuit with sub 4.5 speed and is smart enough to sniff out screens and flat passes. He's a person to keep an eye on as a possible late round S convert
Gabe Ikard C/G - Ok - 6'3" 303
I liked Gabe last year and this year he hasn't done anything to change that this year. He held his own against Nix and did well in the bowl game too. He is a bit smaller but has potential to be a zone blocking C, similar to almost every Pats C before.
Caraun Reid DT - Princeton - 6'2" 305
Reid was impressive at Princeton. So impressive he earned a spot in the senior bowl. He's very slow for a DT but holds his own at the line and managers to squeeze through open spots. I'd like to see what he can do at the senior bowl but might make a Pyror type of player in the late rounds.
Chris Davis CB - Auburn - 5'11" 200
Davis is a sleeper CB with 4.4 flat speed. Good in coverage with 13 pass broken up, he is no ball hawk though. His main asset is his return ability scoring a 109yrd kickoff for a TD last year. Though he's have trouble breaking the line up over Ryan or Dennard if the feel Arrington's contract is to heavy after next year Davis is a guy who could step in as a slot CB while providing BB's favorite position for non starters STs ability as both a return man and a gunner
Colt Lyerl.......... just kidding. I wouldn't touch Lyerla if Hernandez put a gun to my head. Ok maybe I would, esp if he says get in the car.
Kevin Pierre-Louis LB/S - BC - 6'1" 215
A local kid with 3 names that might convert to S in the 7th sign me up. Why not is what I say
Roderick McDowell RB - Clemson - 5'10" 200
McDowell pre injury looked like he could take over for Ellington. He has decent pass catching ability and should be a decent 3rd down back in the league. Might be a good backup for Vereen in the future
Macky MacPherson C - Syracuse - 6'2" 286
How could you not love a guy named Macky? He's a very solid blocker both in the pass gaming and run game and plays well above his size. Unfortunately he's so small playing above his size is still to small in the pro's. He's needs at least a couple years on the PS just to add size. But, he has raw potential to build off of with solid fundamentals. Add a couple years to develop size and work under Scar he could eventually become a starter within 4 years but he is a project for down the road.