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Patriots Mock Draft 5.0, Final Edition

Steve Balestrieri
April 25, 2016 at 6:00 am ET

Perfect Balance of Offense and Defense

With The 2016 NFL Draft just days away and the Patriots still building the roster thru free agency, it is time for our final stab at predicting how Bill Belichick will go with Mock Draft 5.0. With a nice balance of five defenders and six offensive prospects taken in this draft, this would set the team up nicely in 2016.

Once again we’ve been using the great draft simulator at Fanspeak.com that we’ve been touting. The “On the Clock” simulator, you are the Bill Belichick picking for the Patriots, or any other team and the program picks for the other 31 teams based upon need.

For this fifth and final mock draft (conducted 4-23), I used the big board of Matt Miller, Bleacher Report. The big board chosen has a lot to do with it as each varies quite differently and some prospects rise and fall depending upon which you use. Needless to say, there were a few shockers once again.

A common theme that stands out in these mock drafts is the long amount of time between the Patriots selection at the back of the 3rd round and their next selection in the 6th. Expect them to trade into the 4th/5th round this week as the 100 prospects taken between picks thins out the potential available… Read on.

Here is our Patriots Mock Draft 5.0 – Matt Miller B/R Big Board:

Round 2, Pick #1 CB Eric Murray, Minnesota:
Corners were flying off the board early in the process, something we may see this week. Murray was a three-year starter for the Gophers and is a very much under-the-radar prospect. He has good size at 5’11, 199 pounds, speed 4.48 time in the 40, and physicality.

Murray is good at press and off-man coverage as well as zone. He’s quick to come up and help in run defense and can blitz off the edge. Has good change of direction skills with nice hip flexibility and foot quickness. A film junkie, he breaks down opposing wide receivers and their tendencies.

Round 2, Pick #2 DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss:
Another shocker  this week, as Nkemdiche kept falling down the draft board. Do we expect this to happen this week? No, but can only hope that Miller is on to something.

Nkemdiche is a physical beast at 6’4, 296 pounds and has an incredibly strong lower body that makes him nearly impossible to move at the point of attack. He has elite level explosion out of his stance and can drive blockers back into the backfield.

Nkemdiche has some well-known red flags for some off-field issues, and the biggest question is would the Patriots even have him on their draft board? But he is an elite talent and if selected he and Malcom Brown would conceivably give New England an outstanding inside tandem for the next decade.

Round 3, Pick #3 S/CB Sean Davis, Maryland:
Davis has been scouted by the Patriots and they worked him out recently as his versatility as both a corner and a safety obviously appeal to Belichick and the coaching staff. Good size at 6’1, 201 pounds and absolutely shredded physically, Davis runs well (4.46 in the 40), has outstanding short area quickness and change of direction (6.64 time in the 3-Cone Drill) and hits like a ton of bricks.

Davis would be a nice movable chess piece moving between safety and corner and has the physicality to cover against tight ends. He looks like a safety physically but moves like a corner with his lower body movement. Speaks French and Chinese.

Round 3, Pick #4 RB Devontae Booker, Utah:
Booker has good size at 5’11, 219-pounds for the position and would be an outstanding addition to the Patriots offense as he excels between the tackles, can handle a full load of carries and is an every-down threat as a receiver out of the backfield as well.

Booker is a patient runner but with proper urgency once he sees an opening. He has very good vision and awareness. Doesn’t possess great speed, but shifts well, forcing defenders to miss. A willing and effective pass blocker. A true three-down running back.

Read our scouting profile of Booker here:

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Round 6, Pick #5 OT Alex Lewis, Nebraska:
Lewis started his career at Colorado and played there two years before injuring his shoulder, having surgery and transferring to play at Nebraska for his final two years of eligibility. He started both seasons at left tackle although a switch to the right is probably in the cards for him.

He has good size at 6’6, 312 pounds for the position, shows good balance and a good punch to keep defenders at bay. Is a physical, tough guy in the running game. He has slow feet and is a bit of plodder however and has had some off-field issues back in 2013. His father played for the Patriots and Raiders.

Round 6, Pick #6 WR Michael Thomas, Southern Mississippi:
Nope not the Ohio State WR, the under-the-radar one that played for Jamie Collins’ alma mater in Southern Mississippi. Thomas was snubbed for the NFL Combine despite catching 71 passes for 1391 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 6’1,196-pound wide receiver also has outstanding leaping ability (36.5 inch vertical) that allows him to go up and get contested passes. He ran a 4.4 in the 40 at his school’s Pro-Day.

He has good size and speed, runs good routes, has very good hands and tracks the ball extremely well. Thomas can stretch the field vertically as well as horizontally. He did some time as the team’s kick returner as well.

Round 6, Pick #7 DE Anthony Zettel, Penn State:
Zettel has good size at 6’4, 277 pounds to play on the edge and either rush the quarterback or stuff the running game. He’s a very versatile player that kick inside as well that plays with a very high motor. In the East-West Shrine Game, he chased down a running back 40 yards downfield.

He’s disruptive and explosive and the fact that he can kick inside on obvious passing downs makes him a very attractive Day 3 prospect. That and as one scout said of him, “plays like his hair is on fire.”

Round 6, Pick #8 OLB Travis Feeny, Washington:
Feeny is a 6’4, 230-pound athletic freak who ran a 4.41 in the 40 at his Pro Day. He added a 40 inch vertical, a 10’10” Broad Jump and a 4.42 Shuttle Run. He played defensive end in college but will transition to OLB at the next level.

Rob Rang from CBS Sports says Feeny “possesses the length, agility and closing speed to excel in coverage and special teams.” He has good physicality, can blitz off the edge with outstanding burst and is athletic and agile enough to cover. Had shoulder issues with surgeries on both.

Round 6, Pick #9 OT Brandon Shell, South Carolina:
Nephew of Raiders great, Art Shell, the Gamecocks’ tackle that played each side is an enormous, 6’5, 328-pound prospect. He was a four-year starter with 47 career starts under his belt.

Shell has good power and strength with a strong initial punch and can keep pass rushers at bay with his long arms. He needs help with his footwork and his mobility at the next level.

Round 7, Pick #10 QB Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky:
Doughty was a three-year starter at WKU and finished up his FBS career with 111 TD passes (15th all-time), and had the 10th best career completion percentage at 68 percent.

Doughty has decent size at 6’3, 216 and has adequate arm strength but is inconsistent with his deep ball throw. Draft expert Dane Brugler from CBS Sports said that “Doughty was an ideal fit for the up-tempo scheme that relied on a quick release and smart decisions, making most of his reads pre-snap and identifying soft spots in coverage. He has improved functional pocket mobility and carries himself like a coach.”

Round 7, Pick #11 WR Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa:
Garrett is another big-bodied WR (6’4, 221 pounds) who had a tremendous 2015 in the pass-first Tulsa offense. He grabbed 96 passes for 1588 yards and eight touchdowns.

He’s a huge target that can go up and catch contested balls in space. Dropped only 3 of 99 catchable balls in 2015. Once he gets his hands on the ball, he can make opponents miss and forced 21 missed tackles last year.

His route running needs to get crisper but he has all kinds of potential and the Patriots have the offensive personnel now that they can take their time with him to develop him into a big target for the offense. Read our scouting profile here:

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Patriots Mock Draft 3.0 – Offense Addressed Early

Steve Balestrieri
April 11, 2016 at 6:00 am ET

Team Addresses Needs While Taking Best Available with Top 4 Picks

With free agency slowing down somewhat, the Patriots continue to be active and with the draft less than 3 weeks away, it is time for our Mock Draft 3.0

There is a fascinating tool to use for doing a mock draft made possible by the guys over at Fanspeak.com that we touted last year and is even more fun to use in 2015.
In their “On the Clock” simulator, you are the GM for any NFL team. You can choose how many rounds you’d like to draft for (1-7), and pick one of nine different big boards to choose from.

All of the big boards differ quite a bit and the site has a random selection process that picks for the other 31 teams based on the best player available and team needs that are constantly updated. For this third mock draft (4-9), I used the big board of Drafttek.

With the continued moves the Patriots are conducting in free agency, they still have needs at OT, RB, CB with depth needed at WR and LB. This mock draft found so good quality playmakers available that not only filled their needs but were the best players available when it was time to pick… Read on.

Here is our Patriots Mock Draft 3.0 – Drafttek Big Board Edition:

Round 2, Pick #1 WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh: A surprise here, Boyd wasn’t on the board in the earlier mock drafts we conducted. Boyd has good size at 6’1, 200-pounds, and can change direction at top speed.

Boyd is very competitive and wins most 50/50 situations. He runs very crisp routes and has elite ball skills, timing his jumps perfectly. Very physical and tough after the catch. He also has outstanding hands and although isn’t a burner, has had success at returning both kicks and punts. Would be a great fit in the Patriots offense.

Round 2, Pick #2 RB Devontae Booker, Utah: Another surprise, Booker was long gone in our earlier mocks. Booker has good size at 5’11, 219-pounds for the position and would be an outstanding addition to the Patriots offense as he excels between the tackles, can handle a full load of carries and is an every-down threat as a receiver out of the backfield as well.

Booker is a patient runner but with proper urgency once he sees an opening. He has very good vision and awareness. Doesn’t possess great speed, but shifts well, forcing defenders to miss. A willing and effective pass blocker. A true three-down running back.

Round 3, Pick #3 OT Joe Haeg, NDSU: Haeg was a 4-year starter at NDSU and is versatile, playing both tackle spots. Athletic at 6’6, 304 pounds, he could use some bulking up at the NFL level as well as building up his core strength.

Haeg uses his length to his advantage in pass protection and has good agility and lateral quickness to get to the edge in the running game. His run blocking needs to improve a bit.

With the NFL strength and conditioning program and being coached up by Dante Scarnecchia, Haeg could be a nice pickup. Read our scouting profile here:

Joe Haeg

Round 3, Pick #4 CB Cyrus Jones, Alabama: We selected Jones in an earlier mock and wouldn’t hesitate to strike again. Jones is a thick, powerfully built athlete that while he doesn’t have the height preferred (5’10), he makes up for by playing big and with a chip on his shoulder.

A converted wide receiver, Jones can change direction quickly and gets his hands on a lot of passes. He’s a reliable, violent tackler in the open field and has good ability to stick with receivers in man coverage. He’s an outstanding kick returner.
Read our scouting profile here:

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Round 6, Pick #5 DE Aziz Shittu, Stanford: Shittu is a versatile DL that has played a variety of techniques from the “0” to the “5” for the Cardinals. Although undersized for an interior defensive lineman at 6’3, 280-pounds, Shittu plays very fast and is a very good disruptor who can blow plays up in the backfield.

He’s a tough physical player whose best football is in front of him. He can play outside as a defensive end or be an interior sub-package penetrator. He’s shown some ability to stand up to double teams in the running game. His final college game in the Rose Bowl was a tremendous effort, 8 tackles, 3.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks against Iowa.

Round 6, Pick #6 OLB Joe Schobert, Wisconsin: Schobert is a classic high-motor guy that gets overlooked because he’s not the most athletic guy but always seems to make the big play.

He’s versatile and can play at either outside or inside linebacker. He’s quick off the snap, gets off of his blocks, keeps his feet moving and is a relentless sideline to sideline player.

At 6’2, 244-pounds, he’s not the biggest guy out there and has decent coverage skills. He’s also a standout special teams’ player on the coverage teams.

Round 6, Pick #7 WR Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa: Garrett is a big-bodied WR (6’4, 221 pounds) who had a tremendous 2015 in the high-flying Tulsa offense. He grabbed 96 passes for 1588 yards and eight touchdowns.

He’s a huge target that can go up and catch contested balls in space. Dropped only 3 of 99 catchable balls in 2015. Once he gets his hands on the ball, he can make opponents miss and forced 21 missed tackles last year.

He ran a limited route tree at Tulsa and his route running needs to get crisper but he has all kinds of potential and the Patriots have the offensive personnel now that they can take their time with him to develop him into a big target for the offense. Read our scouting profile here:

Round 6, Pick #8 RB Daniel Lasco, California: Lasco is an undersized (6’0, 205), running back from Cal that plays and runs hard but due to his style of play has had some injury concerns.

Runs inside excellently with a very aggressive, downhill slant, falling forward for the extra yards. He’s a very effective pass blocker and was productive as a junior out of the backfield (33 receptions, 356 yards and 2 TDs).

Round 6, Pick #9 OT Dominic Jackson, Alabama: Jackson was a starter for only 1 year for the Tide after coming over from JUCO. A 6’6, 315-pound mauler in the running game, his pass blocking skills took some time to develop at Alabama but he set to work on it this season and was beaten for only two sacks in 2015.

He was credited by the Alabama coaches with 43 knockdowns in the running game and comes with a bit of versatility as he could play right tackle or kick inside to guard.

Round 7, Pick #10 CB LeShaun Sims, Southern Utah: Sims comes from a small school at Southern Utah but has the measurable (6’0, 203) to play big in the NFL. He has packed on 20 pounds of muscle since coming to the Thunderbirds and ran a 4.41 last spring.

Was an effective press-man corner, albeit against lesser competition but turned some heads at the Shrine Game. He’s an under-the-radar prospect that the Patriots always seem to find every spring.

Round 7, Pick #11 QB Cody Kessler, USC: Kessler was a three-year starter and finished with 88 TDs and only 19 INTs. Despite lacking in size (6’1, 224), and only average arm strength, he has the competitive fire and mental toughness to battle his way thru adversity. Played for five different coaches in college.

Will step up in the pocket and deliver the ball to whomever is open. Was very accurate, never finishing with under a 65 percent completion percentage. Ended his career with a 67.5 completion rate. Gets thru his progressions quickly and will take what the defense is giving.

Mock Draft 3.0 2016

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Patriots Mock Draft 2.0 – Early April Edition

Steve Balestrieri
April 4, 2016 at 6:00 am ET

Free Agency signings make for better draft flexibility

With the Patriots still being active in free agency, it is time to conduct our Patriots Mock Draft 2.0 – Early April Edition. Obviously with the moves their making with available veterans it will affect the way they approach the draft.

There is a fascinating tool to use for doing a mock draft made possible by the guys over at Fanspeak.com that we touted last year and is even more fun to use in 2015.
In their “On the Clock” simulator, you are the GM for any NFL team. You can choose how many rounds you’d like to draft for (1-7), and pick one of nine different big boards to choose from.

All of the big boards differ quite a bit and the site has a random selection process that picks for the other 31 teams based upon the best player available and team needs that are constantly updated. For this second mock draft (4-2), I used the big board of Optimum Scouting.

I say this because the big boards differ a great deal depending upon the board chosen. I did another using a different big board and the results were vastly different. Looking at how the board plays out, I think we can all expect the Patriots to make a move to move into either the 4th or 5th rounds as the talent level begins to drop steeply between the third and sixth rounds.

With the continued moves the Patriots are conducting in free agency, it makes their job a bit easier once the draft rolls around. Without as many holes to fill, they can be flexible and opt for the best player available or move up and down if they so choose. It was a surprise to see both a well-known RB and CB plummet down the draft boards until they were available much later that we thought earlier… Read on.

Here is our Patriots Mock Draft 2.0 – Early April Edition:

Round 2, Pick #1 RB Alex Collins, Arkansas: Collins earned second team All-SEC honors behind Heisman winner Derrick Henry in 2015 where he had his third 1000-yard season in a row, rushing for 1577 yards and 20 touchdowns for the Razorbacks.

Collins has good size at 5’10”, 217 pounds and was a TD machine getting 32 scores in three years. Great vision and patience, keeps his shoulders square to the line of scrimmage and stays low with excellent pad level thru the hole.

Displays very good hands out of the backfield and is very consistent at finding daylight and moving the sticks. His major red flag is ball security, with 16 fumbles over the past three seasons.

Round 2, Pick #2 OT Joe Haeg, North Dakota State: Haeg was a 4-year starter at NDSU and is versatile, playing both tackle spots. Athletic at 6’6, 304 pounds, he could use some bulking up at the NFL level as well as building up his core strength.

Haeg uses his length to his advantage in pass protection and has good agility and lateral quickness to get to the edge in the running game. His run blocking needs to improve a bit.

Selecting him in the 2nd round may be a bit of a reach, but with the NFL strength and conditioning program and being coached up by Dante Scarnecchia, Haeg could be a nice pickup.

Round 3, Pick #3 OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia: Here was the first of a few surprises in this draft as Floyd fell all the way to Round 3. He’s been widely mocked to go in the 1st in many spots. With a playmaker of his caliber, he was too good to resist.

Floyd has great length at 6’4, 244 pounds, and is a rangy, athletic player with off-the-charts numbers in the vertical (39.5 inches), and in the broad jump (127 inches) which for a player of his size is fantastic. He ran a 4.60 time in the 40-yard dash and a 7.18 time in the 3-Cone Drill.

Floyd is extremely versatile and played ILB, OLB and as a down lineman for the Bulldogs. While his production wasn’t eye-popping, he led the team in sacks for three seasons in a row. He can rush the passer by blitzing off the edge and cover in space. He needs to add some beef before he can set the edge in the running game but would be a great addition in the Pats sub-packages.

Round 3, Pick #4 WR Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa: Garrett is a big-bodied WR (6’4, 221 pounds) who had a tremendous 2015 in the high-flying Tulsa offense. He grabbed 96 passes for 1588 yards and eight touchdowns.

He’s a huge target that can go up and catch contested balls in space. Dropped only 3 of 99 catchable balls in 2015. Once he gets his hands on the ball, he can make opponents miss and forced 21 missed tackles last year.

He ran a limited route tree at Tulsa and his route running needs to get crisper but he has all kinds of potential and the Patriots have the offensive personnel now that they can take their time with him to develop him into a big target for the offense.

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Round 6, Pick #5 RB Kenyan Drake, Alabama: Shocked to see Drake still available on this mock. Drake was the #2 back to Henry in Alabama but the 6’1, 210 pound back has good size and is explosive as both a runner and a pass receiver.

Has quick feet that never stop moving and he’s elusive in the open field and has the ability to make people miss. Extremely versatile, Drake was sometimes split out as a slot receiver where his value as a receiver was showcased.

He can run, catch the ball, has been a kick returner and blocked a punt on special teams. He’s perfect insurance for Dion Lewis, in case he’s not ready to start the season while recovering from his ACL injury.

Round 6, Pick #6 CB Artie Burns, Miami: Another shocker here as I expected to see Burns gone by Round 2 at the latest. Burns has good size at 6’0, 190 pounds with excellent ball skills and the ability to play press man coverage or zone.

Burns shows good awareness and can read the play and react quickly, but he needs to add some weight at the NFL level and improve his tackling. He’s very aggressive which could lead to some penalty flag issues in the NFL

Another versatile guy, he was a kick returner and is a very mature young man, foregoing his senior season to care for his two younger brothers and a son after his mother died in October of a heart attack.

Round 6, Pick #7 OL Willie Beavers, Western Michigan: Beavers was a three-year starter at left tackle at Western Michigan and has very good size at 6’5, 321 pounds. He has good athleticism and agility with quick feet which aids in pass protection. He’s quick off the snap and is able to slide and protect against speed rushers on the edge.

Good run blocker that is able to fire out, and push him man downfield with leverage. Has no major weaknesses, he just needs to fine tune his game, something Coach Scarnecchia will be bound to do.

Round 6, Pick #8 DT Darius Latham, Indiana: Latham was a two-year starter for the Hoosiers playing both the one and three-technique in the hybrid defense, improving every season. He has good size at 6’4, 311 pounds and shows good lateral agility and strength. He can overpower blockers at the point of attack. Plays with a mean streak.

Plays a bit upright and doesn’t have great vision. Latham has some red flags for off-field issues. Was suspended twice for violation of team rules and for an altercation with the student ethics committee.

Round 6, Pick #9 DE Miles Grooms, Hampton: Grooms is a small school stud, playing for Hampton but the 6’3, 251-pound edge player has dominated and is looking to make the big jump to the NFL.

He projects to be a strong side linebacker in the NFL and has the speed and athleticism to be able to cover in space and blitz off the edge. He has excellent initial burst, quick feet, and the flexibility and knee bend to consistently force tackles off balance.

Round 7, Pick #10 OT Tyler Marz, Wisconsin: Marz has good size at 6’6, 316 pounds and played well for the Badgers for the past three seasons. He has decent but not great arm length at 33.5 inches. He’s a good, tough run blocker but at the East-West Shrine game, struggled against good pass rusher in one-on-one drills.

Probably a fit at right tackle or guard is in store for him at the NFL level.

Round 7, Pick #11 QB Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky: Doughty was a three-year starter at WKU and finished up his FBS career with 111 TD passes (15th all-time), and had the 10th best career completion percentage at 68 percent.

Doughty has decent size at 6’3, 216 and has adequate arm strength but is inconsistent with his deep ball throw. Draft expert Dane Brugler from CBS Sports said that “Doughty was an ideal fit for the up-tempo scheme that relied on a quick release and smart decisions, making most of his reads pre-snap and identifying soft spots in coverage. He has improved functional pocket mobility and carries himself like a coach.”

 

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