Below is a list of guys that I think that Pats should target in the later rounds. Granted some of them might jump up into the 3rd round, but for discussion purposes, I’ve broken them down into guys I think might be available in the fourth round or later. I have them listed with what I think, what has been written by others, and a link to the CBSsports scout page for that player. I have seen all of these guys play and for some reason or another they have caught my eye.
4th round (or later)
DARRYL SHARPTON, ILB, MIAMI, 5-11, 235
Sharpton reminds me of the typically Miami LB. Fast hard hitting with a nose for the ball. Since Miami does not have the exposure that it has had in the past, he has gone a little under the radar. His lack of height will let him drop to the later rounds, but more than one sub- 6’ LB has become a Pro-Bowl player in the NFL.
Reminds me of: Hybrid between Ray Lewis and Zach Thomas
From Paul’s Pigskin:
... I've watched Sharpton in all, or parts, of 4 games this season and have come to the conclusion that he cannot be ignored as a serious NFL prospect just because he fails to reach the magical/mystical 6-foot tall mark. Sharpton is very instinctive in locating the ball and seems to be able to run people down with consistency. I will be curious to find out what he times in the 40 at the scouting combine this winter. Sharpton also excels in short pass coverage and is flat-out a football player along the lines of the undefeated Colts' MLB Gary Brackett. Last weekend against Duke, Sharpton had his best statistical game as a Hurricane as he was credited with 12 tackles, including 2 for loss, while he also corralled his first career INT and returned it 73 yards for a TD. Sharpton has committed to play in the Shrine game in Orlando this January, and I look forward to watching him practice and play that week. Sharpton looks like a round 5 type pick, who could surprise and have a very nice NFL career.
Darryl Sharpton, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
LeGarrette Blount, RB Oregon 6’2” 240
We all know Blount’s story, the punch to the head of the Boise St. player, then exiled for most of the season. What can not be ignored is that he took his punishment like a man, owned up to what he had done, did not quit, and know will look to the NFL. Coming into this season, he was on the Heisman watch list, but know his body has been saved a year of wear and tear, he is the kind of Big back, that can really make a difference in short yardage and goaline. Plus he could carry the load full-time, has the speed to be a threat, and could harken the Pats back to the day that once they had a lead, they just pounded the ball with Antione Smith or “Clock Killin Corey Dillon”. I think we all realize that the Pats could have used something like that in a few games this year, as the Pats coughed up 4 4th quarter leads.
LeGarrette Blount, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
5th round or later
Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia 5’11” 228
I watched Curran play every Saturday for a few years now. Anyone who leads the SEC in tackling must be given serious consideration. Curran is an undersized ILB who has led the SEC in tackling. He has a great nose for the ball, and is not afraid to fill a whole. Most have him projected as an OLB, I don’t see that. He is listed as 5’11”; I doubt that he is even 5’ 10”. Still I think he can play ILB in the NFL, but where I think that he will excel is in the Larry Izzo mold of special teams Ace.
Rennie Curran, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Myrone Rolle, SS Florida St. 6’2” 223
Rolle would have been a 1st rd choice last year; instead he accepted the Rhodes scholarship and has been off at Oxford for the year. I’m sure that he will show up at the combine and remind people of what a great player he is, but incase the NFL forgets and he slips down this far, I don’t care how many Safeties the Pats have on the roster, he would be well worth taking at this point. We all cry the BB defense is too complicated for rookies, well Rolle is about as smart as they come. I pick I’m sure the Krafts would love; you can have enough quality people on your team.
Myron Rolle, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
DEXTER McCLUSTER, RB/WR/KR MISSISSIPPI, 5-8, 165
A Speedster who absolutely slashed up the vaunted Tennessee defense in his bowl game. A Sproleseque clone. Certainly enough talent in his small frame to warrant taking a chance on him in the later rounds. He is someone who can help out in special teams.
Dexter McCluster, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
6th Round or later
Conredge Collins, FB, Pittsburgh 6” 227
A true NFL Fullback, devastating blocker, can catch the ball in the flat, and just a load making holes. The pats have been without a true fullback since Edwards left, anyone who saw Maroney’s attempt at pass blocking can appreciate this pick. BenJarvis does a very good job at playing FB, but here is an actual FB.
Conredge Collins, Pittsburgh, NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia 6’1” 290
Atkins had a down year, and was still second team All-SEC. Was supposed to be a star, but had a disappointing SR Season, due to injuries on the Georgia D-line, which lead to him getting double teamed. Projected to be a NT, he is quick can move blockers backwards. Does not always play at 100%, not sure why, but if properly motivated he can play.
Geno Atkins, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
NATE BYNHAM, TE PITTSBURGH, 6-3, 255
An all-out blocking machine. This is a replacement for Baker, do not expect him to be anything but a blocking TE, but he has the size and the grittiness that will make him a great situational and special teams player. Bynham got pushed out by a Freshman phenonm Dickerson, so his stock has dropped. But I think he could be a very good steal in the later rounds.
Nate Byham, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
7th round (The Pats will have at least 5 picks in this round, of which at least 3 will be untradeable)
WES LYONS, WEST VIRGINIA, WR, 6-8, 230
A 6’8” Wide out, can you imagine the redzone possibilities! Have him go to the Randy Moss School of widerecieverdum. But well worth bringing the kid into camp. Hell it’s worth a shot just to draft another guy named “Wes” to be a WR.
...Put me down as shocked at this point if Lyons gets drafted next April, however, even though he did not start for the Mountaineers he is an interesting prospect who makes great use of his height and large hands to go up for and make some nice catches against the sidelines. With his long lean frame you can't send him over the middle much for fear of decapitation, and he does not have great speed, but his length could make him a very valuable in 3-4 receiver sets and in the Red Zone. He jumps well and seems to be able to find the ball quite nicely. Lyons caught only 20 balls in his senior campaign, but his size is what will make him a potentially valuable rookie free agent target for some NFL teams. I doubt he will get invited to the combine, so he will have to make his mark in March, or early April at the West Virginia Pro Day. It's a long shot, but let me just say even in his limited play he got my attention with some his catches in direct combat with smaller DBs.
Wes Lyons, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
FREDIE BARNES, BOWLING GREEN, WR, 6-0, 210
I can’t see how this kid didn’t get invited to the combine? If you watched the bowl game, EVERYONE knew he was getting the ball, and yet still he got open (17 catches in the game), and somehow he got behind the defense for what should have been the game winning score (his defense quickly gave it up). The NCAA record holder for receptions in a year. Everything about him reminds me of Troy Brown……
Freddie Barnes, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Armanti Edwards, WR (QB) Appalachian State 5’11” 185
This is the kid who led the upset of Michigan last year. He is an option QB, but is just one of those guys that you know is a winner. He is pretty much the size of Edelman and Welker, and that is exactly what I’m thinking of when I see him play. He can throw the ball too. Well worth a 7th round pick.
Armanti Edwards, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com
Trindon Holliday, WR/KR, LSU
5’6”! Am I nuts, yeah maybe, but this kid has already played in the SEC for four years and he is still alive. He will be one of, if not the fastest guys at the combine. A pure KR pick, but LSU finds ways to get him on the field and into the offense, maybe the Pats can too.
Trindon Holliday, , NFL Draft - CBSSports.com - NFLDraftScout.com