Its after midnight - What better time to make critical decisions and suffer flights of fantasy. Here is my final mock for the Pats including several trades.
a. I want to end up with 4-5 players, all of whom have the potential to be at least in regular rotations and sub packages.
b. I want to be heavily weighted to the defensive side of the ball
c. I want to add picks to the 2013 draft.
a. We re-sign Andre Carter and Welker eventually either signs his tender or gets a deal.
b. Because we added so many proven players to the low to mid levels of the roster in FA, there are fewer spots that going to be available for "Developmental Rookies", so drafting more than 5 would be a waste.
3. Pre-draft trades
a. The Pats trade Ryan Mallet to the Browns for the #37 pick - value for the Pats as they move 37 slots higher for an asset who wasn't going to see the field for the foreseeable future, and value to the Browns for a potential franchise QB...and all the other reasons I've mentioned so often.
4. The draft. The Pats go in with the 27th, 31st, 37th, 48th, 62nd, 93rd, and 126th picks
*** TRADE ****
The Bengals trade the 21st and 191 (815) to the Pats 27th and 93rd picks (804) The Bengals do the deal because they added to their already good defense (Kirkpatrick) with their first pick. Their next need is on the OL. There are some good ones available at the end of the first round. They keep the Pick and select either Adams, Kunz. or Glenn.
a. With the 21st pick the Pats select Whitney Mercilus. DE/OLB
- He's has the prototype size and speed that BB likes in his DE/OLB types. Relentless motor, great character. Instantly becomes a situational pass rusher, while he starts his long development into at true 3 down 3-4 OLB. He had great production in college - Risk - He only did it one year. (Jones or McClellin are alternative picks}
BB makes the trade because he's afraid that Houston (the loss of Williams) or Detroit (need another outside rusher) might grab him. The Bengals were looking to move down and became the best available trade partner. Pats fans are delirious, as after a decade of waiting they finally see BB draft an outside pass rusher.
The Colts trade the 34th pick and a 2013 5th round pick to the Pats for the 31st pick.
The Colts make the deal to leapfrog the Giants and Rams both of whom might be looking for receivers. The Colts want to make sure they get one of Fleener, Hill, or Randell. All 3 might be gone by 34, especially if the Rams don't pick a WR with #6.
b. With the 34th pick the Pats select Devon Still DE/DT
Has the size to be a 3-4 DE, and some quickness to push the middle as a 4-3 DT - Inconsistent motor drops him to us here. BB decides he can fix that, and the talent is worth the risk and fills a need. He was there at 31 and BB took the risk that the Giants and Rams would pass, and he picks up a future 5th for his efforts (and likely a high one) (Worthy or Reyes are alternative picks)
c. With pick # 37th pick the Pats select Janoris Jenkins CB
BB rolls the dice on the best coverage CB in the draft. This might be a little early, but he's the BPA and why risk it just so you'll feel better picking him at 48 or 62. Its definitely a boom or bust pick. Trust your locker room,hope for the best and prepare for the worst. This is the best place for this kid to land. If it works out, its the steal of the draft, if it doesn't you still have 2 more picks in this round. His contract should be full of stipulations based on his conduct. He earned it. (alternative is to trade the pick into next year)
d. With pick #48 the Pats select Bruce Irvin OLB
This is a luxury pick. I see him being a stud special teamer right out of the box. But beyond the pass rushing potential, I see him eventually being a cover LB who has the size and speed to cover TEs, and the suddenness to blitz from the inside as well as outside. You can't teach speed and this kid has it. BTW it was a tough choice between Irvin and Zack Brown. I'll be interested to see if you think I made the right choice. Feel free to try and change my mind. (Alternative - Trade this pick for a 2nd next year plus a 5th rounder this year)
e. With Pick #62 the Pats select Trumaine Johnson S/CB
-In a passing league you need safeties with CB skills. I'm drafting this kid to be a S first. I love his size and ball skills. A special teamer right away,who should see time in sub packages also CB d epth. (Alternative here would be to trade out of the pick and then trade back into the late 3rd to grab Iloki or Martin but I liked Johnsons skill set and position flexibility a bit more)
f. Pick 93 was traded to the Bengals
The Pats trade pick #126 to the Washington Redskins for pick #213 and 4th round pick in 2013.
The clock is ticking on Bill's old friend and he needs to add talent THIS year, if he's going to keep his job. As for the Pats, they will add a another future 4th round pick that will probably be 10-20 slots higher than this one, and a late pick to start to build the PS. esides I have my 5 guys. Now I'm just looking toward next year.
h. With pick #191 (from the Bengals) the Pats select Matt McCants OT
To be honest I was just looking for a good late round developmental OLman who hopefully will end up on the PS. This one comes from Merrill Hoge's Tie Knot (alternative selection Mosely Auburn OT) - this is OJ's find. I really didn't look past round 4 this draft, so I'm just stealing ideas from my betters
With the 213th selection the Pats chose Dale Moss WR
I grabbed this pick to make sure BB got the top guy on his UDFA list. I chose Moss because he has good speed for a 6'5 WR. I recognize the need to get younger at WR, but I also realize that there is NO need for this year. So I picked a guy with great athletic potential, who is very raw, and will probably end up on the PS and not be a factor in any roster decisions, BUT will give us a get up for next year, and the kid will have a year to start to learn his craft. BTW - this is a OTG find. I take no credit.....or blame.
1 Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB
2. Devon Still - DE/DT
3 Janoris Jenkins - CB
4. Bruce Irvin - LB
5. Trumaine Johnson - S/CB
6. Matt McCants - OT/PS
7. Dale Moss - WR/PS
8. Extra picks in rounds 4 - 5 - 6
BOTTOM LINE - I filled my needs, met my goals, and have 3 extra picks for next years draft, Granted they aren't impact picks but will add to BB's flexibility next season