This one is my official Pre-Combine Workout edition draft with workouts starting tomorrow with QBs, WRs, and RBs.
1st (29)- Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State 6'0" 182 4.49
Poyer is probably the realistic option for the Patriots if they want a top CB. A bubble 1st-2nd round player, Poyer would become the starting LCB across from Alfonzo Dennard. Preferably the drafting of Poyer should go with a veteran CB. In this group of talented CBs, one 1st round talent CB is almost guaranteed to fall to the Patriots at 29th overall and Poyer is the lucky man. He has decent arm length for his height (30 5/8") and good hand size (9 1/8"). Coming from the Pac-12, where are plenty of very talented RBs, Poyer is a very good run defender at the CB position. An added bonus is that he converted from safety to CB, to which his versatility would serve the Patriots like Devin McCourty. A good combine showing will cement his first round status.
Jordan Poyer vs Wisconsin (2012) (via Aaron Aloysius)
2nd (59)- Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas 5'9" 179 4.36
Most people have Marquise Goodwin pegged as a 3rd round pick, but that may change real soon. Should the Patriots lose both Welker and Edelman, Goodwin could end up as the primary punt returner. At 5'9" Goodwin would most likely project as a slot receiver for the majority of the snaps, but has the speed to play outside occasionally. Goodwin would have to work on his route running, as it is nowhere near as precise as Wes Welker's routes are. With Goodwin and Demps, the Patriots offense rivals the Raiders offense in terms of speed.
Marquise Goodwin 2012 Senior Highlights (via godzillatron24)
3rd (91)- Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina 6'7" 315 (40-time irrelevant)
Williams is projected as a 5th round prospect, much to my surprise. Williams is a very tall tackle with long arms, similar to Sebastian Vollmer. At a similar size and playing style, he could learn the ropes at RT very soon and become an immediate starter. This draft pick only makes sense if the Patriots want to kick Marcus Cannon to the guard position. The Patriots made a "reach" for Vollmer in 2009 and could end up doing the same here for a guy who is raw as a prospect. Since the Patriots have arguably the best OL coach in the league in Dante Scarnecchia, Williams should be ready to make a big impact, similar to Vollmer in 2009-2010.
Apparently no one likes making highlights for OL :(
7th (220ish)- Cooper Taylor, S/LB, Richmond 6'4" 229 4.57
Cooper Taylor is definitely an intriguing case. He has the size to play LB, yet the athleticism to play safety. Taylor used to play at Georgia Tech, until off-field incidents landed him in Richmond. One interesting thing that comes up is that Taylor has a medical condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which causes a very rapid heartbeat. That issue could end up sliding him to the bottom of the draft or not drafted at all. Taylor's upside though should be enticing to teams looking for late round value.
Cooper Taylor -- University of Richmond (via RichmondSpiders)
7th (230ish)- Quinton Dial DE/DT Alabama 6'5" 318
Dial could be an interesting prospect, although he might not have the talent for the NFL. AT 6'5" 318, he certainly carries a good height and has played on a good defense. Dial has versatility that could allow the Patriots to switch back and forth to 4-3 and 3-4 with Dial serving as the swingman. However, it's very likely that Dial gets released in training camp and he goes to the practice squad or signs elsewhere.
Quinton Dial - DL - Alabama (via SECDigitalNetwork)