Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 1/11/2014 1:08 PM EST
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
Below are my Top 3 player options in each round, based on where NE is projected to pick. I’ve tried to include only players that I feel will be available when they’re on the clock, though we all know that BB/NC will be moving up and down the draft board.
OG Zack Martin- ND- Like I’ve said many times, I think he might be the most consistent and dependable player in this draft… seldom makes mistakes, shuts out whoever is across from him and plays the game with good technique, feet and physicality. He’s a perfect player for NE’s system and could be Matt Light or a Pro Bowl OG.
DT Ra’shede Hageman- Minnesota- I’m starting to warm up to this idea and am viewing him as an upside pick, much like Solder ended up being. Kid is not without flaws, but I think the size/length/upside could be too much for BB/NC to pass up and think Pepper could do a good job of coaching this kid up.
TE Troy Niklas- ND- Huge (6-7 260), athletic TE prospect that shows good ability as a blocker both inline and in space… he’s also a versatile offensive weapon that will cause matchup problems in the slot and down in the redzone.
My guess is of the three, Niklas will be the only one available at #32 (feeling bullish this morning).
I anticipate Martin and Hageman to shine at the combine. As for Hageman, perhaps not on the bench press, but certainly on the sprints and the drills. He could have a Poe-like combine. That would shoot him up the draft.
DT Daquan Jones- PSU- If BB passes on a DT in Rd 1, I fully expect him to come out of Rd 2 with a new side of beef! Jones is a big (6-3 318), powerful, athletic kid with upside and versatility that will fit in very well in NE’s rotation… he can 2-gap and penetrate and plays with a consistent motor.
DE/OLB- Marcus Smith- Lousiville- He’s an explosive, athletic, versatile high-effort edge player with a ton of upside (moved to D in 2010). I think he might/should get Rd 1 consideration before all is said and done. He might be the best player that people aren’t talking about.
ILB Shayne Skov- Stanford- A tough, intelligent, aggressive ILB prospect with good stack/shed and blitz ability and skill set to consistently make plays at or behind the LOS. If Spikes isn’t retained, he’d be an excellent candidate to replace him.
Smith is my favorite here. Next is Skov. With Spikes likely gone, it would be good to reload at LB. Jones, I am mixed. He's a very solid player -- good to put in rotation with VW, Kelly and Siliga, just not exciting.
TE Arthur Lynch- Georgia- Perfect spot for a TE with both inline and pass catching abilities.
TE CJ Fiedorowicz- Iowa- See comments above.
WR Jared Abbrederis- Wisconsin- Kid is a good value here due to the depth in this class. He’s a very good route runner with good body control and the ability to create. Fits in very well with what NE likes to do on offense.
Abbrederis is my favorite player here, but perhaps not my favorite pick for this round. He's a very skilled, versatile WR. It's just that the Pats, have so many WR next year, and I don't see how he brings anything radically different from the guys that the Pats already have. He may have better hands, or something, but the incremental value is not much.
On the TE side, I like Lynch more than CJF, just ebcause I think he plugs in more readily given how the Pats uses its TEs.
That said, I would not feel the urge to complain if any of these players were picked here.