NFL Draft 2011: Patriots' Three Round Big Board

With the draft drawing near, it's time to start crossing the t's and dotting the i's on the draft charts and prepare for the off-season Super Bowl called the NFL Draft. I'll be the first to admit that I have no inside information regarding the Patriots; all my posts are based off my opinion and nothing more. When I post this Big Board, it's based on where I believe the players should be drafted by the Patriots. This is not a chart of where these players will be drafted, but instead where they should be drafted. By the Patriots. The Patriots have different needs and requirements of their players than the Bills, or the Panthers, or the Rams. As such, the Patriots should have their own draft board.

Pro Football Weekly has their overall draft board and I'm copying their style for the Patriots' board. Players in the "A" column should be drafted in the first third of the round, "B" in the middle of the round, and "C" in the bottom third of the round. These values of perceived value for the Patriots need to be weighed and balanced with the perceived value of other NFL in order to grab players of need. For example, if the Patriots have Mark Ingram rated as 2A (first third of the 2nd round), but the rest of the NFL have Ingram rated as 1C, the Patriots have to consider the ramifications of moving up to ensure they get the player they want. Is the player worth the value of trading up? That's for the GM to decide. For now, here's my Three Round Big Board for the New England Patriots. I know some will disagree with certain placements (How come I hate Prince Amukamara?!) and be surprised by others (I thought I hated J.J. Watt?!), but hopefully you'll be willing to add your input in the comment sections!

See the Big Board after the jump!

 

First Round
Pos A B C
WR A.J. Green
Julio Jones
OT Gabe Carimi Nate Solder
Anthony Castonzo
Tyron Smith
OG Mike Pouncey
Danny Watkins
DE Marcell Dareus Nick Fairley Cameron Heyward
Cameron Jordan
J.J. Watt
Rush OLB Robert Quinn Aldon Smith Jabaal Sheard
Cover OLB Von Miller
CB Patrick Peterson Jimmy Smith Prince Amukamara
Second Round
Pos A B C
QB Andy Dalton Jake Locker
Christian Ponder Ryan Mallett
WR Randall Cobb Jonathan Baldwin
Torrey Smith
Leonard Hankerson
RB Mark Ingram Jordan Todman
Mikel Leshoure
Ryan Williams
TE Kyle Rudolph
OT Derek Sherrod James Carpenter
Marcus Cannon
OG Benjamin Ijalana
C Rodney Hudson
NT Phil Taylor
DE Muhammad Wilkerson Corey Liuget Allen Bailey
Adrian Clayborn
ILB Martez Wilson
Rush OLB Ryan Kerrigan Justin Houston
Sam Acho Brooks Reed
Cover OLB Akeem Ayers
Mason Foster
CB Aaron Williams Brandon Harris
Ras-I Dowling Curtis Brown
S Rahim Moore Quinton Carter
Third Round
Pos A B C
QB Blaine Gabbert Ricky Stanzi
WR Titus Young Jerrel Jernigan Edmund Gates
Greg Little
RB DeMarco Murray Kendall Hunter
Shane Vereen
Taiwan Jones
TE Luke Stocker Lance Kendricks
OT Orlando Franklin James Brewer
Marcus Gilbert
OG John Moffitt Will Rackley Steve Schilling
Clint Boling
C Stefen Wisniewski
NT Kenrick Ellis
DE Jarvis Jenkins
Christian Ballard
ILB Quan Sturdivant Greg Jones Colin McCarthy
Kelvin Sheppard
Rush OLB Dontay Moch
Cover OLB Chris Carter K.J. Wright
Bruce Carter Jeremy Beal
CB Davon House
Johnny Patrick
S Jaiquawn Jarrett

---

I see a lot of value at the end of the rounds, so don't be surprised if the Patriots trade down to the bottom of the first and pick up some future picks as they trade down to the bottom of the second round. However, the above is a list of player with grades, not necessarily players the Patriots' are interested in drafting. The list will help when creating trades with other teams, but it's important to mark the difference between Patriots prospects and NFL prospects. The following table will be of players I believe the Patriots will be looking at drafting in the first three rounds.

 

First Round
Pos A B C
WR A.J. Green
Julio Jones
OT Gabe Carimi Nate Solder
Anthony Castonzo
OG Mike Pouncey
Danny Watkins
DE Marcell Dareus Cameron Jordan Cameron Heyward
J.J. Watt
Rush OLB Jabaal Sheard
Cover OLB Von Miller
CB Patrick Peterson Prince Amukamara
Second Round
Pos A B C
QB Andy Dalton
Christian Ponder
WR Randall Cobb Jonathan Baldwin
Torrey Smith
RB Mark Ingram Jordan Todman
Mikel Leshoure
TE Kyle Rudolph
OT Derek Sherrod James Carpenter
Marcus Cannon
OG Benjamin Ijalana
C Rodney Hudson
DE Muhammad Wilkerson Allen Bailey
ILB Martez Wilson
Rush OLB Ryan Kerrigan Justin Houston
Sam Acho Brooks Reed
Cover OLB Akeem Ayers
Mason Foster
CB Ras-I Dowling Brandon Harris
Curtis Brown
S Rahim Moore Quinton Carter
Third Round
Pos A B C
QB Ricky Stanzi
WR Titus Young Jerrel Jernigan Edmund Gates
RB DeMarco Murray
TE Luke Stocker Lance Kendricks
OT Marcus Gilbert
OG John Moffitt Will Rackley Steve Schilling
Clint Boling
C Stefen Wisniewski
DE Jarvis Jenkins
ILB Quan Sturdivant Greg Jones Colin McCarthy
Kelvin Sheppard
Cover OLB Chris Carter K.J. Wright
Bruce Carter Jeremy Beal
CB Davon House
Johnny Patrick
S Jaiquawn Jarrett

---

The clear difference is the removal of players that do not fit the Patriot's defensive style. Here's a breakdown of the prospects:

15 First Round Prospects (4A, 4B, 7C)

28 Second Round Prospects (2A, 11B, 15C)

25 Third Round Prospects (11A, 8B, 6C)

Hopefully this is a fair evaluation of where the Patriots are grading the draft prospects. We'll see by the end of this week!

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Pats Pulpit

You must be a member of Pats Pulpit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pats Pulpit. You should read them.

Join Pats Pulpit

You must be a member of Pats Pulpit to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pats Pulpit. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker