Mock Drafts are fun, so here is a mock draft. The Patriots, at this point in the season, have selections in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 2 in the 6th, and 7th. This could very well change through trades, and through compensatory picks. Nevertheless, we will use the current pick haul. Just to identify some needs, in no order, the Pats could use possible starting help in the following positions : OG, C, DT, Pass Rusher. Depth is needed in the following areas: WR,TE, interior O-Line, DE, LB, CB, S. There is also a need for a developmental QB. You know what, despite how highly some fans may think of their team, you can never have enough depth. Okay now the Mock.
1st Round: With their first selection in the 2014 NFL draft, the New England Patriots select Austin Seferian Jenkins TE Washington. With Gronk's injury it is obivous we need a viable backup that can impact the game plan in the same way. Jenkins can be that player. While some may fall for Jace Amaro's/ Eric Ebron's jaw dropping athleticism, Jenkins is the best tight end in the class. His blocking, probably the best part of his game, is already at a pro level. His pass ability to go up and get contested passes can not be matched. The Pats are lucky he has had a forgettable season at times, this will allow his talents to fall right into their lap.
Alternate Pick: David Yankey OG Stanford
2nd Round: With their second selection in the 2014 NFL draft, the New England Patriots select Dominique Easley DT Florida. I don't think I have ever seen a player, at the college or pro level, who is as quick off the ball as Dominique Easley. He is a ball of energy before the snap, through the snap, and through the game. Unfortunately 2 ACL tears have derailed Easley's stock, and the late second could even be a reach for him. Easley is a high upside pick, like---really high upside. He is almost unblock-able at times because of his quickness and technique, and could provide some versatility. Above a big run stuffer in the middle, the Pats need Pass Rushers. Easley... easily...fits that bill. hehe.
Alternate Pick: Daquan Jones DT Penn St.
3rd Round: With their third selection in the 2014 NFL draft, the New England Patriots select Attaochu DE/OLB Georgia Tech. Attaochu is quickly becoming one of my favorite players in the entire class, but a rockstar OLB class should cause him to fall. Attaochu is a smart, athletic, and versatile player for the GT defense. For some reason we cut Marcus Bernard, and ended up having to sign AC after Michael Buchanan's production declined. This team needs a third down edge rusher, and Attaochu can provide that-and much more.
Alternate Pick: C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
4th Round: With their 4th selection in the 2014 NFL draft, the New England Patriots select David Fales QB San Jose St. There are a lot of things Fales needs to work on, after failing to improve on his stellar 2012 season. But what is impressive with Fales is his mental grasp on the game. He is pretty good at knowing when to check down to his backs, and progresses through his reads well. He has average arm strength, and above average medium and short accuracy. On Deep balls his passes tend to miss their mark. Last year he delivered one of the most impressive College QB performances I had ever watched live, when he took down Bowling Green's stiff defense single handedly in their bowl game. San Jose St. provided an incredible -15 yards rushing on the game (Shoutout to Chris Jones), while Fales turned in a 33/43 for 395 Yds and 2 TDS stat line. Mallett will and should leave, so we should plan in advance to replace him.
Alternate Pick: Devin Street WR Pittsburgh
6th Round: With their 5th Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Jeff Janis WR Saginaw. Now is the time in the draft when you have to understand that you are not drafting starters, unless a player with talent has dropped for certain reasons. Now is the time to take high upside players that can contribute on special teams and add depth. Jeff Janis has plus athleticism and is an all around good WR. He runs good routes, good at coming down with contested passes, and has good toughness.
Alternate Pick: Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh
6th Round: With their 6th Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Dexter McDougle DB Maryland. McDougle has been productive all 4 years for Maryland, but unfortunately his senior season was cut short due to injury. If Talib does not re-sign than DB will have to be addressed earlier in the draft, but at this point we can add depth.
Alternate Pick: Shaquil Barrett OLB/DE Colorado St.
7th Round: With their 7th Selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Austin Wentworth OL Fresno St. The team needs O-Line Depth...plain and simple. But the teams success in finding gems, and other glaring needs have pushed this selection down. BB is familiar with the program and will find that Wentworth adds some versatility to the line.
Alternate Pick: Glenn Carson LB Penn St.