Originally Posted by mayoclinic
Time for a bump again. As the Pats head into the home stretch 10-3 and looking to wrap up a bye and possibly the #1 seed for the 3rd straight year and make another SB run, this team is starting to look dominant. Last night's win over the Texans was obviously the high point of the season. I'm not going to address the draft, but just the priorites and short term plan from the OP.
Based on the what I wrote a few days ago, here's my current "fantasy/dream draft" based on NFL DraftScout's 12/12 rankings, assuming that juniors declare. I know it's unrealistic (some of the juniors won't declare, and the DraftScout rankings won't hold), but it's useful as a tool for expressing certain ideas and directions.
1. Pats pick 32 in each round.
2. Pats get 6th and 7th round comp picks.
3. Pats trade Ryan Mallett to Minnesota for 2013 4th and 5th round picks and a 2014 conditional pick (3rd round, upgradeable depending on performance). Christan Ponder has regressed, and Minny is desperate. Pats re-sign Matt Cassel, who is cut by the Chiefs in the off-season, then use the extra ammo to draft AJ McCarron in 2014.
That gives them 9 picks: 32, 62, 94, 4, 5, 6 (comp), 7a, 7b and 7 (comp). A bit optimistic, but not out of the question.
32. Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU. 6'6" 270#. NFL DraftScout #37.
Ansah would excel at LDE opposite Chandler Jones. He could also stand up at times, and move inside at times. He has the length, strength and speed to be a fusion of JPP and JJ Watt.
62. Anthony Barr*, OLB, UCLA. 6'4" 238#. NFL DraftScout #66.
Barr is a fusion of Aldon Smith, Von Miller and Lavonte David. He probably won't come out, and wouldn't last this long if he did. But it's a fantasy dream draft. He would meet 2 huge needs: a coverage LB who could handle TEs and RBs, and an impact pass rusher who could blitz. He could probably play safety some (he played it a bit in high school), and could also probably be used on offense.
Dion Jordan at #31 is tempting. But Ansah and Barr would give the Pats the best of both worlds.
94. Brian Winters, OL, Kent St. 6'4" 310#. Currently NFL DraftScout #101.
Winters is a blue collar lineman in the Matt Light/Logan Mankins mold. He's tough, physical, durable, and manhandles defensive linemen. Plays with a mean streak. He'll take over for Logan Mankins as starting LG around 2015 and be a 5-10 year starter under Scar.
4 (from Minn). Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon St. 6'1" 182#. Currently NFL DraftScout #131.
Wheaton is a Greg Jennings clone who can both stretch the field and go over the middle. He can run the entire route tree, runs disciplined routes, and has good hands.
5 (from Minn). Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern. 6'2" 328#. NFL DraftScout #139.
Sleeper Stud Horse!
Brandon Williams is a small school Vince Wilfork. He has near Dontari Poe kind of athleticism, but much more productivity, albeit against poor competition. He has a great motor and work ethic. He'll be a great rotational DT.
6 (comp). Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio St. 6'8" 310#. Currently NFL DraftScout #395.
A former TE with great athleticism, Fragel will develop into a nice swing tackle behind Solder and Vollmer, allowing Marcus Cannon to move inside.
7a. Dexter McCoil, FS, Tulsa. 6'3" 222#. Currently NFL DraftScout #320.
A big DB who moves well in space and has fluid movement skills, McCoil has nice developmental potential.
7b. Nick Kasa, TE, Colorada. 6'6" 260#. Currently NFLDraftScout # 261.
A former highly recruited DE, Kasa has switched to TE and taken off. He reportedly has 4.55 speed, and has thrived as an offensive weapon. He has "mini-Gronk" potential.
7 (comp). Colin Klein, QB/H-back, Kansas St. Currently NFL DraftScout # 291.
Klein is part Tim Tebow, part Colin Kaepernick, part Matt Jones. He may never be an NFL QB, but he could be an outstanding H-back/TE kind of hybrid weapon. Unlike Jones, he has the leadership and work ethic to succeed at the next level.
Winters probably won't last to 94. Wheaton could go 2nd round. Williams could easily go higher, as could Fragel. Ansah could go top 20. Barr is the biggest reach, and probably won't come out. But it's a nice dream.
QB: Brady, Cassel (Klein)
RB: Ridley, Vereen, Bolden, Woodhead, Demps
WR: Welker, Lloyd, Wheaton, Edelman, Ebert
TE: Gronk, Hernandez, Ballard, Hoomanamanui, Fells, Kasa, Klein
OT: Solder, Vollmer, Cannon, Fragel, Zusevics
OG/C: Mankins, Connolly, Winters, (Cannon), Thomas, McDonald, Wendell
DT: Wilfork, Love, Williams, Deaderick, Forston
DE: Jones, Ansah, Ninkovich, Cunningham, Scott, Francis, Bequette
LB: Mayo, Hightower, Spikes, Barr, Fletcher, White, Koutouvides
S: McCourty, Wilson, Gregory, Ebner, McCoil
CB: Talib, Dennard, Dowling, Arrington, Cole
ST: Gostkowski, Mesko, Aiken, Slater
That's 64 players. Then let them fight it out.