This is a trade free, free agency assuming free mock draft.
I wish to see what this patriots team needs most, and where the best players are in the draft. Until free agency comes, I would like the draft to look something like this. Bear with me on why I believe these are our biggest needs. This is a quick Mock Draft
1) Matt Elam, SS Florida 5'10" 202 lbs.
Our biggest need is in the secondary. Whether that is CB or Safety is up to you. I think it's safety.
Now since this is without assuming who we will sign in free agency, which means even Talib. But imo our back end needs more of a playmaker. Before Talib, we were giving up deep passes every game at an alarming rate. OUr secondary was not very physical, and we lacked any playmaking. Elam is a playmaker.
He is a very good hitter, adds fire, he gets tackles for loss, he has been a CONSISTENT presence against the pass in college, he can play in the box or as a single high safety, he can line up as a CB, and he plays on special teams. Statistically at least he has been consistent. Pretty much all of his tackles are solo (and he has a lot), and most are not assists. He can even blitz. He is also good against the run.
Now I know what some of you are thinking.... what about Tavon Wilson and Gregory? Well I think Gregory is not the answer, and so far I like Wilson as the 3rd safety in sub packages against TEs. Chung is a free agent though, and I have no desire to bring him back. Elam will be our starting SS/FS, and will be a tremendous presence in the back-end.
Like many Florida players, Elam signed with the Gators as a very highly regarded prep prospect.
He was primarily a reserve defensive back in his first season with the team, though he did start on special teams (kickoff coverage, return) and finished his true freshman campaign with 22 tackles, including two for loss.
Elam emerged as a standout once given the opportunity to start last season. He finished the year second on the team in total tackles (78) and led the club in tackles for loss (11), pass breakups (seven) and forced fumbles (two). He also intercepted two passes last year, including one against Tennessee's Tyler Bray.
While perhaps a bit smaller than scouts would prefer (5-10, 202 pounds), Elam has proven himself to be a playmaker throughout his career, demonstrating not only instincts, athleticism and physicality, but ball-hawking skills (six interceptions) and timing as well.
The two-year starter was at his best under the brightest of lights, making game-changing plays against Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee, and pacing the Gators with 11 tackles, including a sack, in the Sugar Bowl loss to Louisville.
Athletic, instinctive and quite physical, Elam demonstrated the ability to walk up into the box and be a force near the line of scrimmage while also dropping back into coverage as a single-high safety when coaches called for it -- showing off the type of versatility NFL teams are demanding from today's hybrid safeties. Elam shows good vision and anticipation when fighting through blocks near the line of scrimmage and is a reliable, physical tackler.
2) Da'Rick Rogers, WR Tennessee 6'3" 206 lbs.
I was thinking between this and OG. Seeing as Edelman is a free agent, and we have ran plays with 3 WRs on the field plenty of times in this offense, I think it's about time the Pats get a big play WR. Besides, our OL has been really good this year, so I think we'll survive another year with these group of guys.
Rodgers is a very physical receiver with a TON of talent. He reminds me of a mix between Anquan Boldin and Julio Jones. As evidence from the video, and reading the profile, he will have the occasional drop, but his big play ability is very high. He can run many routes, and can make the catch in traffic. If it wasn't for high character concerns, he would likely be a 1st round talent.
Rogers is a virtual Julio Jones clone, exhibiting an exciting combination of size, strength and explosiveness.
He signed with Tennessee as one of the most highly regarded prep prospects in the entire country, and immediately showed off his versatility, racking up 167 yards as a receiver and 117 yards as a runner (reverses, etc.).
Rogers was expected to serve as the complementary piece to Justin Hunter in 2011, but stepped up once his teammate was injured and went on to lead the SEC with 1,040 receiving yards in 2011. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in six games, one short of a Tennessee record, and earned First Team All-SEC honors by the media and league coaches.
While there are plenty of traits about Rogers scouts will love, one they must be concerned about is Rogers' accountability on and off the field. For violating team rules, Rogers was suspended indefinitely by Tennessee coach Derek Dooley on Aug. 23 and ultimately transferred to Tennessee Tech.
"We're excited to have him and look forward to working with him," Tech coach Watson Brown said Aug. 27. "It's a unique situation for me, but we know he's a good kid. He knows a couple of the players on our team, and we know his high school coach, and we're going on their recommendations.
"After meeting with Da'Rick and his family, I can see what everybody is saying about him," Brown added. "We've met with Da'Rick and he understands our expectations."
Rogers played in all 11 games for Tennessee Tech in 2012, and was the man among boys he was expected to be, leading the team with 61 catches for 893 yards and 10 touchdowns. No one else on the roster had more than 28 receptions, and Rogers put up his staggering numbers despite every opponent game-planning to contain him.
Character red-flags galore, but undeniably an elite talent.
Strengths: Despite playing in the ultra-physical SEC, Rogers proved too strong for most teams to consider pressing. He's also versatile, showing the ability to line up outside, as well as in the slot. While it is easy to get excited about Rogers' size-speed potential, one of his greatest attributes is simply his toughness, as he absorbed several big collisions on games viewed and never dropped a pass due to a hit while at Tennessee. Rogers is a powerful runner who fights for additional yardage and has the agility and speed to run away from the pack for explosive plays.
Weaknesses: Generally a reliable pass catcher, but will occasionally look to juke the defender before securing the pass, resulting in an occasional bad drop. Until he cleans up the conception that he's a troublemaker, it may not matter how talented Rogers is, NFL teams will be too concerned to give him the first-round grade his talent deserves.
Has some experience returning kicks too.
3) Leon McFadden, CB 5'10" 190 lbs. San Diego State.
You wouldn't think that I would forget to address the CB position do you?
We need someone other than Arrington to step in in case of an injury. We need someone better. Leon is a talented CB with very good ball skills, hip movement, and does a good job attacking the ball at it's highest point.
Statistically he does very well in the tackling department, and he has a lot of passes broken up. His division is no slouch either. From what I understand, when talking about Miles Burris who was on the same team, a person on mocking the draft said that the division has some good offenses in it. I don't know much about college football, but if thats the case, than thats pretty cool.
Here is the scouting report: http://www.seniorbowl.com/files/LEON%20MCFADDEN%20SB%20PROFILE(1).PDF
And here is a 12 minute highlight video(!!!)
7) Blaize Foltz, OG 6'3" 329 TCU
From what I read, the guy is an athletic freak. He has insane workouts that will be further explained in this CBS Report I will give here. He has a lot of potential, and all he needs is to be coached up. I hear we have the best OL coach in the NFL, and this guy can be a very good OG for us.
Expected to be a steadying force along the offensive line for the Horned Frogs since playing in all 12 games and starting two as a redshirt freshman in 2009, Foltz suffered a torn ACL midway through the 2010 season and didn't emerge as a standout until last year.
Starting all 12 games at right guard, Foltz earned First Team All-Mountain West honors and was recognized by CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman as one of this year's "Freak" athletes due to his incredible weight-room strength. Foltz is credited with a bench press of 580 pounds, an 800 pound squat, an incline bench of 530 pounds and a 430 pound clean and jerk.
"Honestly, we've gotten to a point where we stop him now for safety sake," TCU offensive line coach Eddie Williamson told Feldman. "He could probably do even more than what those numbers indicate if we didn't.
STRENGTHS: Thick, wide frame, ideal for playing inside at the next level. Impressive punch off the snap, exhibiting elite natural strength and hand power. Isn't content just locking and sustaining, but would rather punch and rag-doll his opponent through the play. Has the ability to take on more than one defender at a time, using quick, explosive hands to switch between opponents. Displays adequate flexibility when asked to anchor and hold position against the bull rush. Good awareness to pick up the blitz or stunt when multiple rushers are in his vicinity.
WEAKNESSES: Not a quick-twitch athlete, and appears sluggish coming off the snap at times. Lacks fluidity laterally, and will stop moving his feet to rely solely on upper body at times in pass protection, leaving him vulnerable to counter moves. Doubles over at the waist too frequently off the snap, and allows his weight too far forward. While the weight room says Foltz possesses rare lower-body strength, he struggles to consistently generate leverage with his lower half, and is only marginally effective as a drive-blocker. Isn't very quick to the second level, and struggles to break down in space and square up against quicker, more agile defenders.
COMPARES TO: Rob Sims, OG, Detroit Lions - Like Sims, Foltz possesses world class weight-room strength that doesn't always seem to translate to the football field. However, he does possess some natural bend and hand technique that suggest he could be a real force at the next level if he continues to develop. His footwork and lack of athleticism would say he's a mid-late round pick, but if he is able to improve his technique and couple it with his phenomenal strength, he could be a long-term starter at guard in the NFL.
-- Derek Stephens
7) Marquess Wilson, WR 6'3" 188 lbs. Washington State
If we get two WRs this draft, I want Wilson to be the 2nd WR taken.
Most of you may know my high interest in this WR. I think he is going to be a gem in this draft. He may be small in weight, but he is quick, fast, can run multiple routes, and catch the ball well. I mostly want the video to speak for itself here though.
As the featured target in Paul Wullf's offense, Wilson's production has been spectacular. He wasted little time in proving to be a difference-maker for Washington State, breaking the school's freshman records for catches (55) and receiving yards (1,006) and tying the all-time mark in touchdown receptions (five) from a first-year player.
Wilson's numbers not only stood out against former Cougars, his 55 catches led all NCAA freshman receivers in 2010. Despite a revolving door at quarterback last year, Wilson was fantastic in 2011, shattering school records with 82 grabs for 1,388 yards and ranking second in WSU history with 12 touchdown catches.
Needless to say, there is a great deal of anticipation as to what Wilson could accomplish as the focal point in Mike Leach's high-octane passing attack. An All-American season or perhaps even a shot at the Biletnikof Award certainly seems possible, as does a potentially high draft pick whenever Wilson should elect to make himself eligible to the NFL.
Though not a classic burner, the lean and athletic Wilson is a natural pass-catcher with impressive body control and deceptive speed.
Wilson needs to continue to get bigger and stronger (on tape he looks closer to 175), make his route-running a bit more precise and try to develop a bit more explosiveness. He's a naturally long-strider who is at his best running under Jeff Tuel's deep balls or using his long arms and body control to beat defenders in jump-ball situations.
Statistically he has also been really good in all 3 years.
So what do you guys think of this draft?