Time for the Patriots only mock draft, the entire first-round mock draft was posted earlier today.
The Patriots hold picks #60 and 61 in the second round, #91 and 96 in the third round, #196, 204, 208, 214, and 221 in the sixth round, #243 and 250th pick in the seventh round.
The Patriots have 11 picks, making them good trading partners.
Lets get to the mock draft!
Patriots First Round Pick #29: The Patriots first-round pick was taken away by Roger Goodell for deflategate, so the Patriots have no first-round pick unless they trade into the first-round. It may seem unlikely but for a team that would love to tick the Commissioner off and with plenty to trade, they just might. The biggest question is any team that drafts after number 29 willing to upset Goodell? Maybe. If the Patriots trade to the first-round it will be because they really love someone and fear another team will get them before they can in the second round. My pick would be RB Derrick Henry, he may fall to them in the second or he may not, depends on if they want to chance it.
Patriots #60th Pick: RB Derrick Henry
Running Back is a need for the Patriots and if they want the second best, potential for the best back, then this is the guy to get. He will remind you a lot of Blount and Marshawn Lynch. I think the Patriots want him and if they can and indeed do, it will be either late first-round or early second round. Other running backs the Patriots could draft and I really like are TCU’s Aaron Green who has vision and sweet cuts, and Alex Collins and Jonathan Williams, both from Arkansas. Collins is an absolute bruiser and workhorse from the hogs with a ton of talent as is Williams. The Patriots have to have a pure running back and all four of these guys are. The dark horse guy would Florida’s Kelvin Taylor. His dad is Fred Taylor, former Jacksonville great and Patriots running back. He also produced on a team with QB and OL problems.
Patriots #61 Pick: WR Pharoh Cooper
I’m torn here, I really am. I don’t think Miller will be here, so the Pats will take another WR whose speedy, versatile, and fast. Cooper is a play maker. He can return punts, kick offs, run routes, and even run the football with the best of them. He did everything for South Carolina. He’s a threat any time he touches the football. He can go from 0-100 in a second and score from anywhere on the field at any given time. The Patriots want a WR who can run routes and explode for big plays and Cooper is that guy. Other potential picks are RB/WR Kenyan Drake. He can play RB and WR but for the Patriots I believe he would be a WR only. He’s tall, fast, and explosive. The perfect guy to run routes, verticals, and screens.
Patriots #91 Pick: DT Willie Henry
The Patriots could use more bodies along the defensive line, especially at defensive tackle with limited young guys there and at defensive end. Henry is versatile able to play DE and DT. He’s explosive and a great tackler. He will be a nice grab for the Patriots especially if he is still there. Also, look for Sheldon Day as a potential here too, he’s a lot like Henry except he will come with a tiny red flag regarding injuries.
Patriots #96 Pick: LB Scooby Wright III
I would love it if the Patriots picked up Scooby. They need depth at linebacker and they would get a steal. Wright is a great run-stuffer with pass rushing capability that’s better than average. He’s okay in space and coverage, but the Pats really need depth and a good run-stuffing linebacker to go with Hightower and Collins as proven last season. He’s also very smart, coachable, and instinctive.
Patriots #196 Pick: OT Cole Toner
A Harvard guy would be such a Patriots player. He’s smart, tall, and depth at the OL which is exactly what Tom Brady ordered. He’s big with an NFL build, tons of experience, and a solid blocker.
Patriots #204 Pick: CB James Bradberry
The Patriots will look to add depth at the corner spot and Bradberry with his nice size may be the guy they take a chance on late in the draft. Long arms and good in man-to-man coverage. He just seems like the perfect depth guy behind Butler and company.
Patriots #208 Pick: DE Stephen Weatherly
Not a bad pick here in the 6th round at all. He’s a pure pass rusher with unlimited potential.
Patriots #214 Pick: OG Landon Turner
The Pats can’t have too many offensive linemen and adding more depth at the guard spot will be welcomed. He’s strong and a great run blocker, not so good at pass protection, but the Pats can develop him.
Patriots #221 Pick: DE Alex McCalister:
He’s a pure pass rusher who could be a steal this late in the draft. He’s fast, great tackler, but is an edge rusher. He’s tall, and lanky with a great look of a pass rusher, but not ideal bulky. He’s got some NFL type skills when it comes to ducking defenders.
Patriots #243 Pick: LB Antonio Morrison
He’s tough, smart, intense, and coachable player. Morrison wasn’t suppose to play the first half of Florida’s season but made it back in time with unreal rehab sessions. He’s a hard worker and has potential. He’s a great tackler, and slim enough to cover.
Patriots #250 Pick: RB Keenan Reynolds
Reynolds is from Navy which BB loves and he’s really good at running the rock. The Patriots may look to add depth via Reynolds at a low risk picking spot.
I picked solely on if the Patriots kept all their picks in the same spot, but it’s the Patriots so I would expect some trades.
I think if they moved up in first-round or second-round it would be Henry and I also think they can get Derrick Henry where they are depending on Dallas.
If they move up to the fourth round I believe they will take CB Jalen Mills from LSU. He’s 6’0 and he’s talented. Would be a great move if the Pats could swing it. CB Cyrus Jones is a potential pick in the 4th round as well or maybe even in the fifth.
If the Patriots move up in the fifth round it could be for FS Kavon Frazier. Not a need but maybe a move for depth and special teams. They could also get Dean Lowry from Northwestern, a pass rusher.
There you have it!
I just guessed at most, but lets see how they roll!
Note: I may change these picks a little by tomorrow if things change tonight during the draft!