#27 Derek Wolfe-DE/DT-Cincinnatti
Yes, I understand this is a reach, but this seems to be consistant with what the Pats have been doing for years. Wolfe is a solid 2nd round prospect, but the Pats have always grabbed players that they wanted, even if it meant it was a little early. Nate Solder was viewed as a late 1st, early 2nd round prospect, they took him in the mid 1st. Devin McCourty was viewed as a mid 2nd rounder, the Pats took him at the end of the first. Taking Wolfe would seem to be in line with their past tendencies. Plus, they are getting a very productive player. He is a very strong pass rusher, and solid against the run too. He works hard, and played at every position on the line in college. I think he can step in and be our starting 3-4 DE on Day One.
#31 Traded to Cleveland for #37 and #101
Cleveland trades up for Brandon Weeden, as many expect them too. As much as I'd like them to come out of Round One with Shea McClellin and Harrison Smith, it won't happen.
#37 Vinny Curry-DE/OLB-Marshall
He has been one of the most consistant pass rushers in all of college football throughout his college career, as opposed to one-year wonders like Whitney Mercellius. He is versatile and has good speed and strength, so he can play both 4-3 DE and 3-4 OLB. He is a phenomenal pass rusher, and solid against the run. He's a hard worker, and is a durable and experienced 3 year starter. He also has ideal BB size at 6-4 268.
#48 Brandon Boykin-CB/KR/PR-Georgia
A very solid, but some what undersized corner, Boykin should help provide depth at the DB position for the Patriots. He is very good in zone coverage, and was often thrown away from. He even played some offense, where he showed solid hands. Boykin is also a top notch Kick Returner, which will help fix an area of need for the Patriots.
#62 TRADED to Arizona for #81 and 2013 2nd
Arizona jumps into the 2nd as they lost their pick in the Kevin Kolb deal. NE gets one of their coveted 2013 picks.
#81 Ron Brooks-FS/CB-LSU
Yeah he wasn't a starter, but LSU's defensive backfield is STACKED. At CB, he would have had to surpass Top 5 picks in Morris Clairborne and Patrick Peterson, as well as Tyrann Mathieu who could be a 1st rounder next year. At FS, LSU has Eric Reid who is viewed as a 1st round pick in next years draft. That left little room for Brooks, but he flashed talent when he played. I think NE will like the speedy Brooks at FS, finally addressing their need at the position.
#94 Traded to Arizona for #113 and a 2013 3rd
BB gets a 4th and a future pick that he loves. Arizona wants to make a run for the money, and trades back into the 3rd, giving BB another 4th to work with.
#113 Ryan Broyles-WR-Oklahoma
He was dynamic before getting injured, and seems to be in the mold of a typical Patriot WR. While he is largely a slot receiver, he can also go deep once in a while. He has phenomenal hands and runs good routes. The only reason the Pats get him here is because of an ACL injury. But we are in position to put him on the PUP/IR this year, and let him develop.
#126 Traded to Philly for #153 and #196
BB has to keep the streak alive, and Philly has an abudance of late round picks. Might as well cash in on some of them mid way through.
#153 Audie Cole-LB-NC State
Solid against both the pass and the run, Cole is an experienced leader on defense. He was highly productive in college, and has the traits that BB looks for in his LB'ers. While Cole may not be the best linebacker in coverage, he will suffice, as the Pats have far greater needs.
#196 Joe Long-OT-Wayne St
Just some depth along the O-Line. Long is the younger brother of the Dolphins' Jake, and could be a DII sleeper. Won a few awards at the DII level.
While this isn't my ideal draft, it seems like what BB would do. Still, we fill all our holes, and come up with 2nd and 3rd round picks for next year.