I am terrible at predicting who Bill Belichick will take in the NFL Draft, but then again who really is good at it? The only thing I could accurately predict last night when it came to the Master of Draft Value was that the Patriots would again trade out of the first round.
So for those of us who are Patriots’ fans, here is a small list of potential players for the second and third rounds. Round Two starts with Jacksonville at the 33rd pick (assuming they don’t trade it to the Jets) and the Patriots are on the clock at Picks 52, 59, 83 and 91. If we could get two of the following players, this Patriots’ fan would be absolutely thrilled.
DE Margus Hunt, SMU – A beast edge rusher who could complement Chandler Jones and move Ninkovich back to the linebacking corps.
DE Tank Carradine, Florida State – Strong defensive end, but not overly versatile.
LB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers – Belichick loves those Scarlet Knights, and Greene is a versatile linebacker who used to play safety. He fits the coverage need for the Pats.
WR Robert Woods, USC – Great route runner who is able to play in traffic; was one of the nation’s top college receivers last season.
WR Terrance Williams, Baylor – Solid outside threat who struggles over the middle of the field, but would fill the void left by Brandon Lloyd.
WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee – Taller than teammate Cordarrelle Patterson with great jumping ability; solid deep threat but needs to bulk up on his 6’4″ frame.
CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State – Fast and strong corner who needs to improve his technique; this is an area where Patriots’ coaching has struggled in recent years.
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut – Good cover corner; two year captain of college team.
CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU – A risky but intriguing and talented pick who could be a steal a la Alfonzo Dennard.
S Don Jones, Arkansas State – Very fast player with good tackling skills.