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Possible Future Patriots Draft Picks Playing Tomorrow

Future draft picks that might be an interest to you and your team are playing this Saturday. The Patriots have several different routes they could go in the first round and the later on rounds. These players may be players the Patriots and fans should be watching this weekend. The Patriots will most likely be drafting anywhere from the mid to late 20s in next year’s draft. Maybe even the last pick in the first round will be New England’s. Knowing the Patriots they will probably make a lot of moves in the draft to get more picks then just the five they currently have in next year’s draft. Some players that might be on the radar of New England or should be will be in action this weekend. I’m going more realistic with Dee Milliner cornerback for Alabama who is a great player but he most likely won’t be their for the Patriots pick. Neither will be Reid free safety for LSU. But there is another player that will be playing in this big SEC showdown Saturday in the LSU vs Alabama game which airs 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.  Who to watch for as potential Patriots targets is: strong safety Robert Lester for Alabama. Lester is a great defensive player. He is a play making safety who causes a lot of turnovers. He is fast and has good ball instincts. He has great size for a safety standing at 6’2 and 210 pounds. He would be a great pickup for the Patriots and help improve that secondary in a big way. LSU draft players are either going early first or right now I don’t think there will be any on the Patriots radar.

Another guy who may make the list is Mark Popek offensive guard for South Florida. He won’t be playing tomorrow night’s game due to injury but his team will be facing off at home against Connecticut at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPNU or watchespn. Mark has great size standing 6’7 and 300 pounds. He is a big guy who can add depth to the Patriots offensive line. The Patriots need to stock pile that position with as many players as they can since our talented offensive linemen get hurt a decent amount over the course of the season. He would be a good pickup and the Patriots could get him late in the draft 6th round late. A steal there.  Another offensive linemen the Patriots may be looking at is offensive tackle Justin Pugh for Syracuse. He is 6’5 and 298 pounds. Pugh is quick and has excellent feet and body control. If Pugh decides to go pro this year he might be a nice pickup for the Patriots offensive line. Of course he could stay another year to beef up his draft stock but if he goes to the draft this year the Patriots may get a steal on this Syracuse player. If you want to check him out he plays tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN 3 or big east network.

Another need the Patriots can fill is at cornerback. Johnthan Banks who stands at 6’1 and 185 pounds plays for the Mississippi State bulldogs. I’m not sure if he will be there for the Patriots late in the first round. He most likely won’t be but if he is this would be a nice pick up for the Patriots. Tomorrow would be a good day to check out Banks as he and the bulldogs face an explosive offense in Texas A&M at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. Banks is an aggressive cornerback in all aspects. He is fast and has great hands. He has a nice back pedal and hip motion and is excellent in jumping up for the ball. Since I don’t think Banks will be there a more realistic get is Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert. He is 6’0 and 195 pounds. He has good speed for his size and is good at tracking the ball and staying with receivers. Tomorrow night will be a great time to watch him play as well when his team takes on Kansas State an explosive offensive team lead by Optimus Klein(Collin Klein) at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

A guy who has a bye week this weekend is D.J. Swearinger free safety for South Carolina. He is 5’11 and 210 pounds. He is a physical defender who is a great tackler and can cover. He might be a fourth or fifth round pick depending on if the Patriots can stock pile some picks over the course of next year’s draft in order to get some of these mid round defenders. He will play again next Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET against Arkansas.

I’m going to throw out a wide receiver just in case the Patriots want to draft a legit receiver in the draft to play opposite Brandon Lloyd as a deep threat too. Cordarrelle Patterson wide receiver at Tennessee. Tennessee plays Troy tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN 3 or Game Plan. He stands 6’3 205 pounds. He is a deep threat who is good in space. He is fast and has good hands. He would make an already highly explosive offense even more explosive although I highly doubt the Patriots will draft offensive players that are not offensive linemen.

There are two Florida Gators players worth watching for in tomorrow’s game vs Missouri at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN 2. Josh Evans a free safety who stands at 6’1 and 200 pounds is very fast and defends against the pass very well. He would be a nice steal in the mid round of the draft. He is worth a third round pick if you ask me.  The other Gator defender is Matt Elam a strong safety. He is 5’10 and 202 pounds. He is very instinctive, athletic, and very physical. Something New England needs in the secondary.  He can go up to the line of scrimmage and is great at stopping the run and he is a play maker whether its by interceptions or force fumbles. He is Florida’s best defensive player. Very aggressive player against both the run and pass. He is an emotional player with great leadership qualities. I would suggest watching this player tomorrow. He is an exciting player to watch and well worth a New England first or second round pick. He has first round talent.

The Patriots have a first, second, third , and two seventh round picks. The Patriots could make some moves to get more picks in the draft or maybe they won’t and leave the picks as it stands. Most of the players above could be taken in any of those rounds. Maybe Matt Elam in the first round. Justin Gilbert in the second round. Josh Evans in the third round and either of the offensive linemen in the seventh round. Maybe a different kind of offensive linemen in the seventh round. Those are the players I most want New England to draft that I think may still be on the board although Elam may actually not be since right now he is the best ranked strong safety heading into the draft. It is still early though so who really knows what player is going where and what the Patriots plan on doing with their picks in next year’s draft.


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