I hope you don't mind the indulgence, but I'm going to use this thread to put down some random draft thoughts as they come to me. Hopefully you'll find some interest and some worthwhile debating points.
I want to start with some intriguing day 3 picks that I think could be really interesting as potential Patriot picks.
I want to start with someone that I think could be the most perfect Patriot pick in the whole draft:
Jordan Kovacs, S, Michigan
An interesting back story to his Michigan career can be seen in the video below. It demonstrates the work hard, team player, over achieving ethic that strikes me as being Patriot-like in spades.
Jordan Kovacs Feature Story - YouTube
Following his early trials, he went on to become one of the leading tacklers in Michigan history and Senior Captain. He ticks pretty much every box intangibles-wise for the Patriots but it was his pro-day that really made me believe he's in strong consideration as a late round pick for us:
Michigan Pro Day results: Denard Robinson catches everything, Jordan Kovacs bumps draft stock - SBNation.com
Kovacs is not known for being particularly fleet of foot and was not expected to be taken in any round of the draft. NFL teams may have to reconsider after he beat the NFL Combine average for safeties in the 40-yard dash, three-cone drill, broad jump and vertical leap. He ran a 4.58 and a 4.60 in the 40, which surpassed expectations. Kovacs did even better in the three-cone drill, posting a time of 6.62 seconds that would have put him at the top of his position group in Indianapolis. His 10'2 broad jump and 35-inch vertical also suggest that Kovacs may have more athleticism than initially believed.
This earned him a private workout with the Pats.
Kovacs is an outstanding tackler, plays with maximum effort and strikes me as one of the smartest players football-wise available in the draft. I've seen him cover the slot, although he's not an outstanding coverage safety by any means, and he has the instincts and intelligence to put himself in the right position to make plays in both the run and passing game.
I could see him being drafted late on day three, maybe even a UDFA, that can be brought in to compete with Nate Ebner and could be an excellent special teams player. And with Gregory and Adrian Wilson likely both gone within the next couple of years can be groomed to be the harder hitting partner for McCourty.
Kovacs is an ideal Belichick guy.
And BTW, check put the play at 1:18 in the video I linked. One of my favourite defensive plays I've seen this year. That's a player prepared to lay himself out for the team.