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1. Brandon graham, 3-4 olb, michigan good
2 (jax). Jermaine gresham, te, oklahoma ugh, but it fills a need...
2 (ten). Ryan mathews, rb, fresno state future bust, imo
2. Nate allen, fs(!), south florida what is the opposite of position of need? Safety is it
4. Mike neal, 3-4 de, purdue at under 6'3'', i'm not sure he has the frame to ever be a starting de, and we already have enough backup des.
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Based on DraftTek's own current Big Board, I'd have to go:
#22 - Brandon Graham
#44 - Jordan Shipley (reach)
#47 - Donovan Warren
#53 - Dexter McCluster
(no pick in the 3rd round really hurts us this draft)
#122 - Dennis Pitta
(no 5th rounder hurts again)
Actually, based on the DraftTek rankings, most of the rest of the guys I'd want would still be available in the late 7th round anyway (Mike Kafka, Myron Rolle, Alric Arnett, Andrew Quarless, etc.).
Obviously, rankings/projected availabilities are radically different on other big boards (e.g., Scout.com has both Brandon Spikes and Brandon Graham still available at #22).
I usually take the median of several big boards as a shorthand cheat-sheet, but I'm not processing that again till after the Senior Bowl. Then, after the Combine and Free Agency, I'll try to develop a Big Board for each team based on what I perceive to be their needs and tendencies of their personnel decision-makers and go from that.
1. Carlos Dunlap, 3-4 DE, Florida
Wilfork has been franchised, a very good thing for New England's line. Now they need to find a suitable player next to him, opposite Ty Warren. Dunlap could be that guy. Though he didn't have as dominant a college career as expected, he still was unblockable at times. He has some mentality issues but a strong coaching staff could whip him into shape. This could be a steal for the Pats.
2 (JAX). Jerry Hughes, 3-4 OLB, TCU
The defense needs a spark on the outside, something lacking in 2009. Hughes has the makings of an elite edge rusher. He'd likely slot into a rotation early but probably push for a starting spot by mid-year. His size/speed combo. makes him ideal for 3-4 rush OLB, and getting him at this point in the draft looks wonderful.
2 (TEN). Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
The lack of talented TE depth on the Patriots roster is a tad surprising; it seemed as though they were continually drafting them. However their last draft pick spent on a TE was in 2006 and now Ben Watson is a free agent. Chris Baker remains but there is nothing else on the active roster. Expect this position to be a high priority. Hernandez was being lobbied about as the potential #1 in the class, up with Gresham and Gronkowski.
2. Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
The stable of RBs grows... or does it? Faulk is a free agent this year. Taylor, Maroney, Morris, and Green-Ellis are free agents after 2010. So while it looks like New England has plenty at RB, that may change soon. Mathews is a solid all-around back who can pick up the tough yards inside and make people miss in space.
4. Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss
6. Terrell Skinner, SS, Maryland
7a. Leigh Tiffin, PK, Alabama
7b. Chris McGaha, WR, Arizona State
"Momentum was quickly snatched away by New England, who once again proved that any Patriot, at any moment, can make a play." —Inside the NFL, Packers v. Patriots
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