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New England Patriots 2019 Mock Draft 3.0 Trading Up Time

Steve Balestrieri
April 15, 2019 at 6:30 am ET

In our first two mocks, we went with the basic assumption that the Patriots would keep all 12 of their draft picks. But we all know, they’re not going to do that. So we’ll go with a commonly believed scenario that they try to trade up to get a playmaker that they sorely need.

Our first Mock Draft can be seen here: Our second Mock Draft is here:

I used the outstanding Fanspeak Your On the Clock draft simulator again this year. And once again depending upon the Big Board that you use (when it comes to draft prospects)…your results will differ enormously. So Let’s Go Drafting…

Patriots Mock Draft 3.0:

**** Trade**** New England packages #32 and #73 to Seattle for Pick #21

Round 1, Pick 21 – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa:  Fant was still around on the board and he may not have lasted until #32. T.J. Hockenson, the most complete tight end in the draft was taken at #12 by the Packers in this mock.

Fant is a very athletic 6’4, 249 tight end from Iowa who excels open spaces. His yards after contact and ability to stretch the seams will immediately make him a very coveted receiver in the offense.

He is a versatile player that can be moved around the formation outside, in the slot or as an H-back. Despite playing in a run-heavy Iowa offense, scored 18 touchdowns in his last two seasons. A standout basketball player, Fant has excellent jumping ability and agility (6.81 3-Cone Drill).

He needs to get bigger and stronger to become a better blocker in the running game but with Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the other side, he’ll have time to develop in that area. However, as a receiving threat, he should be an immediate impact player.

Round 2, Pick 56 – J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford: Arcega-Whiteside comes from an athletic family. He was born in Spain and both of his parents were basketball players. He brings very good size, 6’2, 225 to the WR position. He’s got a quick release off the line, very good hands and a large catch radius.

He had excellent production in 2018 with 63 catches, for 1059 yards (16.8-yard average) with 14 touchdowns. He posts up like a basketball forward in the red zone and is a very good target there, (28 TDs in three seasons).

He has good but not blinding speed at 4.48 but he’s best utilized in the possession game. He can move the sticks and gets better the closer the team gets to the red zone. He’s gotten better every year and should be a very nice pro receiver who can occasionally stretch the field.

Round 2, Pick 64 – Christian Miller, Edge, Alabama: Miller was just a one-year starter but nevertheless had a very productive final season for the Tide. He made 36 tackles with 11.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He tips the scale at 6’3, 247 and is a very athletic edge player.

He has the long arms and above-average athleticism that coaches look for in edge players. He’s versatile and has a quick step off the snap either standing or with his hand on the ground. He has above average pursuit and can drop into coverage and cover backs in the flat.

He’ll need to get stronger at the NFL level to be a three-down edge player but he should immediately see snaps as a sub-package edge rusher with the Patriots defense.

Round 3, Pick 97 – Bobby Evans, T,  Oklahoma: Another surprise to still see him on the board at #97, Evans was a three-year starter for the Sooners, two at RT and then at LT in his final season. Evans plays with a bit of a mean, nasty streak and should immediately reap the benefits of playing for Dante Scarnecchia.

He’s considered a bit short at 6’4 for the position but has long arms and can solidly punch the chest of pass rushers to fend them off. While not considered overly athletic, he has the agility to get outside and pull on running plays.

He has excellent core strength and is very tough and will immediately vie for the swing tackle position with the ability to become a starter in short order.

Round 3, Pick 101 – Will Grier, QB, West Virginia: Grier is a developmental QB prospect for the Patriots offense. While he has marginal size, (6’2, 217, similar to Jimmy Garoppolo), and arm strength, he has a kind of “it factor” where he can galvanize the rest of his team. See the Oklahoma and Texas games where he led late comebacks.

Had very good numbers in 2018, 266-397 (67.0%), for 3864 yards with 37 TDs and 8 INTs in 11 games. He’s very accurate in the short-to-intermediate areas of the field. He reads defenses well and is a good leader in the huddle and the locker room.

His mechanics can improve but he has a good body of work to work off of. He’ll immediately step into the #3 position and vie for the backup job in Year 1.

****Trade**** Patriots Trade Picks #134, #205, to the Seahawks for Pick #124

Round 4, Pick 124 – Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford: Smith is a big 6’5, 255 “Y” tight end from “Tight End U” who is good as an in-line blocker, played in a pro-style offense and can serve as a safety blanket underneath.

Smith will be able to step in and contribute in the running game right away as his blocking is good but will improve over time with improved technique and a bit more core strength. He has a wide catch radius with very good hands, but won’t be a threat to attack the seams. He’s more of a short, safety valve, ball control guy with the upside to improve.

Round 7, Pick 239 – Renell Wren, DL, Arizona State: Wren is an intriguing prospect with good size, 6’5, 318. In college, they played him over the nose but he may be a better fit as a pure defensive tackle.

He possesses freaky athleticism for a big man but he’s a project and may require a lot of work with Joe Kim who helped Patriots DL work on their hand usage. Has a lot of upside but may take a year or two to blossom.

Round 7, Pick 243 – Kendall Joseph, LB, Clemson: Joseph is an undersized but productive inside linebacker who may have benefitted from playing in a loaded defensive front seven. He’s just 6’0, 233 but had 84 tackles, five TFL, and four sacks during the Tigers National Championship run.

He does have good instincts and showed good coverage, but he may have to carve out a role on STs to make the roster in 2019.

Round 7, Pick 246 – Penny Hart,  WR, Georgia State: Hart is a small, very small (5’8, 180) wide receiver who had excellent production at a lower level of competition. But got an invite to the Senior Bowl and looked uncoverable. He’s a very twitchy slot receiver who can return punts and kickoffs.

Round 7, Pick 252 – Saquon Hampton, S, Rutgers: Hampton is our requisite Rutgers pick as the Patriots address the safety position late in the game. He’s a natural leader and a team captain, something the Patriots look for, with good size at 6’1, 206. Said during an interview, he tries to emulate Patriots safety Devin McCourty. Sold. Welcome to New England.

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2019 Mock Draft 1.0, Post FA Feeding Frenzy Edition

Steve Balestrieri
March 22, 2019 at 6:30 am ET

It is time to take a look at conducting our first Patriots seven-round mock draft. Now that the initial FA feeding frenzy is over with and teams have gone crazy spending some salary cap space, we have a little bit better idea where the Patriots are at.

So, with that said, are the Patriots going to make 12 picks in the 2019 NFL Draft? I doubt it very seriously, but for our purposes, we didn’t make any trades, which we’ll try t do later in a different mock.

I used the outstanding Fanspeak Your On the Clock draft simulator again this year. And once again depending upon the Big Board that you use…your results will differ enormously. So Let’s Go Drafting…

Patriots Mock Draft 1.0:

Round 1, Pick 32 – T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa:  Shocking to find him here at #32, while I personally believe him to go much, much higher, the fact that he was still here was far too good an opportunity to pass up.

Hockenson to me is the best overall TE in the draft, I know that his teammate Noah Fant is the most popular guy in many mocks right now but Hockenson is the total package. A tremendous blocker, he can line up inside, outside, as an H-back …wherever you need him to be.

He can attack down the seams or be a QB’s security blanket, a mismatch against linebackers and most safeties. Despite being very young, he can be a Day 1 starter. The eventual replacement for Rob Gronkowski in 2019 if he retires or 2020, if he comes back.

Round 2, Pick 56 – Deebo Samuel, WR South Carolina: Samuel is a perfect fit for the Patriots offense. Samuel has the flexibility of lining up as the “Z” (when Julian Edelman moves on) or in the slot. He’s capable of taking a short/medium pass and taking it to the house.

He doesn’t have great size and is built more like a running back than WR but is very tough, not afraid to go into dangerous spaces and is hard to bring down. Samuel is also a kick returner and brought four back to the house for the Gamecocks.

If he’s still there at #56, the Patriots should take him quickly and he’ll be an immediate contributor on both the offense and special teams.

Round 2, Pick 64 – Greg Little, T Ole Miss: With both Trent Brown and LaAdrian Waddle gone in free agency and Isaiah Wynn recovering from an Achilles injury, tackle is a position that has now increased in scope for the Patriots.

Little is a big prototypical size tackle with the length, and girth you want at left tackle. Another shocker that Little was still on the board at #64 here. He’s got very long arms, is very strong and at times looks positively dominant in the excellent SEC.

But the knock on him is that he at times looks like he’s just going thru the motions. And that lackadaisical attitude won’t cut it in the NFL. But for that, I have two words…Dante. Scarnecchia.

Round 3, Pick 73 – Joe Jackson, Edge Miami: Jackson is another guy who just looks like a guy the Patriots would love. 6’4, 275 and looks like he’s sculpted out of marble. He can play the run and sets the edge well, he is still learning as a pass rusher, but some scouts think he’ll be a better pro pass rusher than he was in college.

He’s not great at any one thing but does everything well. He has a non-stop motor and makes the defense account for him on every snap. Looks like he has good bend around the edge and has good lateral agility which equates to tackles for loss and sack production.

Round 3, Pick 97 – Terry McLaurin, WR Ohio State: McLaurin has good size for a WR at 6’0, 208 with excellent straight-line speed with a 4.35, 40-yard dash at the Combine. He’s physical, an outstanding blocker; is strong after the catch and very capable of breaking tackles.

He’s a two-time Captain, which is something the Patriots always value. He’s considered very coachable with strong hands and is an outstanding gunner on the special teams. Because of the strong roster at Ohio State, he was often overlooked but would fit into the Patriots offense very well.

Round 3, Pick 101 – Isaiah Buggs, DT Alabama: We had a chance to pick Dexter Lawrence in Round 1, but after his suspension for the National Championship Game and the playoffs for PEDs, we passed. However, even with the Patriots signing Mike Pennel, they still need another big body inside to go along with him, Lawrence Guy and Adam Butler.

The question is would Buggs fit the Patriots system? I think the answer is yes. He has good but not great size at 6’2, 295 but is very strong at the point of attack. As an interior pass rusher, he had 9.5 sacks for the Crimson Tide in 2018 but is strong enough to play a two-gap style. He’s limited by short arms but makes up for it with outstanding upper body strength where he can stack and shed blockers.

Round 4, Pick 134 – Saquon Hampton S Rutgers: A strong performance in the East-West week propels him up the board. Hey, the Patriots always seem to reach for a safety and this is probably too early. I really was hoping for Ugochukwu Amadi here but he was selected just a bit before we were on the clock.

Hampton has good size at 6’1, 205 and ran a very good 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine. He could play the “Big Nickel” or Dime linebacker role. Another two-time captain from the Patriots pipeline of Rutgers…Core special teamer, Welcome to NE.

Round 6, Pick 205 – Tre Lamar, LB Clemson: Another guy who really fits how the Patriots like to picture a linebacker. He’s huge at 6’3, 255 so he nearly fits the Hightower, Bentley mold inside. He’s a run-stuffing monster in the middle of the field, something the Patriots value. He’s bigger than several of the edge prospects.

He doesn’t have sideline-to-sideline speed although for a big man he’s pretty good in coverage, but his change of direction and stop/start quickness are not great. But the Patriots like thumpers in the middle and Lamar is quick to diagnose and has tremendous strength and straight-line speed. Patriots fans will like his style of play

Round 7, Pick 239 – Kingsley Keke, DL Texas A&M: Keke is a slightly undersized DT in the same vein as Adam Butler. He’s a 6’3, 288 interior lineman, the Aggies had him drop 20 pounds to move from the interior to the edge. But his value in the NFL will be as a subpackage pass rusher. However, he has the strength and flexibility to defend the run as well.

Round 7, Pick 243 – Anthony Ratliff- Williams, WR North Carolina: Ratliff-Williams has good size at 6’0, 205 and is versatile, lining up outside, in the slot and even in the backfield. His route tree was limited, however, he showed nice progress in 2018 in his game. He’s a good physical blocker and has the ability to break tackles and is a very good returner.

Round 7, Pick 246 – Trevon Wescoe, TE West Virginia: Another big blocking TE at 6’3, 267, he’s strong and tough as nails but is still very much a work in progress in the passing game. He’s versatile, lining up as an in-line tight end, H-back and a fullback.

Round 7, Pick 252 – Gerri Green, LB/edge  Miss. St: Green was moved to DE in 2018 but was better in 2017 when played on the edge as a linebacker. At 6’4, 252, Green may need a red-shirt rookie season to gain a bit more size and strength. He would be a practice squad candidate with the chance to develop further.

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