I won’t mail it in like I did on Friday. I’ll try and breakdown each of the Pats selections and my thoughts. I know a lot of people don’t “grade” the team’s draft since we won’t know for a couple years how good they did when the players start to pan or not pan out. I think the Pats had a solid draft and would give them a B+.
Again, what do I know.
Thursday night I went to sleep with a smile on my face. Instead of the typical trade down and out the Pats actually moved up, twice, to get guys that they targeted.
Round 1 – Pick 21 – DE Chandler Jones
Their first trade up they went after the edge rusher that they’ve been missing for years. I understand that Anderson was decent off the edge this past year but I really think that since they traded Seymour they’ve been missing it. I don’t project that this guy will start day one which will have tons of people saying the Pats missed with the pick, but around week seven or eight you should start seeing him more in the mix.
Round 1 – Pick 25 – LB Dont’a Hightower
Unlike Jones, this guy will start day one. Lining up next to Mayo in the middle this guy makes the Pats run defense awesome. He can also come off the edge in sub packages and is fast. Hightower and Mayo should be the heart of the Pats linebacking corps for the next decade.
Round 2 – Pick 48 – DB Tavon Wilson
This was the one pick that had everyone scratching their heads including Mel Kiper. When the Pats made the selection Kiper was sitting there just stammering. Clearly Belichick saw something in him that not many others saw. We knew heading into the draft that safety was a concern, hopefully this guy will line up with Chung and make safety a solid position.
Then the Pats traded down, and kept trading down. A two for a three and five? Then they flipped the five for a six and two sevens? Ugh. Well, it’s more like the Belichick we know. The Kool Aid drinkers are loving it.
Round 3 – Pick 90 – DE Jake Bequette
This was a guy that Felger had pegged jokingly early in the week. The Arkansas Asshole is what he was calling him in relation to the other Boston sports Beckett who’s the Texas Tough Guy. Bequette was a first team all SEC. When you consider you have Alabama, LSU, etc. in that same conference clearly this guy has been playing against the best in the country. I think he’s another solid pick adding more athleticism to the front seven more likely in sub packages.
Round 6 – Pick 197 – DB Nate Ebner
This guy used to me a rugby player. They picked him up, I think, likely as a special teams type guy. I wouldn’t be shocked if he did make the team specifically for special teams.
Round 7 – Pick 224 – CB Alfonzo Dennard
Following an arrest last week, the Nebraska CB saw his stock plummet. He clearly has a motor. He was ejected in his final game for fighting. He was projected as a second or third rounder until the arrest. The Pats say they know all about it and still wanted to bring him in. If the guy has the BS behind him, he could be a nickle or dime back right out of the chute.
Round 7 – Pick 235 – WR Jeremy Ebert
With their final selection they chose the Northwestern product. Call him Edleman 2.0. But you know when you make a copy of a copy it’s not as good as the original, well, let’s save the suspense and say this guy isn’t making the roster. When you have so many wide outs already on the roster, this guy (who was also a high school QB) will likely not make it out of camp. Too many slot guys ahead of him.
So overall it was a good draft in my opinion. It quickly got me off the Bruins loss. In fact it distracted me all weekend which was great. Can’t wait for the mini camps to start and see some of these guys in uniform.