As of right now, the Patriots carry the #29, #59, #91, #226, and #235. However, with the unlikelihood that a 7th round draft pick makes the roster unless he is a extremely talented player that falls. So in post, the picks I will try to dissect will be their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd round picks more thoroughly than the two 7ths. Without further ado, time to get this show on the road.
#29- Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State. #5 DT (NFL Draft Scout), #39 ranked prospect (CBS), Projected 1st-2nd round
HT: 6'3" WT: 320 33" arms 9 1/4" hands
10: 1.84 20: 3.00 40: 5.28
Bench Press: N/A
Broad Jump 8'8" (6th amongst DTs- #1 for 320+ lb DTs)
Short Shuttle 4.61 (4th amongst DTs- #1 for DTs over 310 lbs)
3-cone 7.59 (8th amongst DTs- #1 for DTs over 315 lbs)
Johnathan Hankins vs PSU and Wisconsin 2011 (via JmpasqDraftjedi)
Ohio State DT Johnathan Hankins vs Wisconsin ᴴᴰ (via CollegeFootballLive)
Johnathan Hankins vs Michigan (2012) (via Adrian Ahufinger)
Johnathan Hankins - 2013 NFL Draft Profile (via Erick Ward)
Johnathan Hankins has the size and athleticism to play in both 4-3 and 3-4. He offers positional versatility in both formations, playing the nose and the 3-tech DT spots as well as a 5-tech DE in 3-4. Hankins finished in the top 10 amongst all DTs in the 3-cone drill (fastest time for any DT that weighs over 320 lbs), broad jump, and the short shuttle in the entire DT group (ranked by CBS) shows that he has an explosive get up from the ball and moves very well in traffic against the run. Hankins is very adept at drawing and beating double teams, something the DTs on the depth chart behind Vince Wilfork struggled with in 2011 and 2012. With concerns about Wilfork's snap count % going from 65-70% for his career normal to 85% the last two years does bring up some cause for concern. Even though the Patriots signed veteran Tommy Kelly and CFL All-Star Armond Armstead at the DT position this offseason, it shouldn't affect whether BB wants to take a DT early. Unlike guys such as Margus Hunt and Kawann Short, Hankins is not a big sack guy as he is more adept to using his power off the line of scrimmage to collapse the pocket and disrupt the QB while teammates make the sack, deflection, or force a turnover. Hankins was considered to be a top-20 prospect for a while until teams discovering him taking off plays (most likely due to a very heavy workload similar to Wilfork in 2011-2012). Hankins will likely start 2013 on the bench as a rotational guy to sub in should Wilfork need a breather. Between the two DT spots it is possible that the combination of Wilfork, Kelly, Armstead, Hankins, and possibly Brandon Deaderick, Marcus Forston, or Kyle Love sharing the playing time at DT.
Comparison: Vince Wilfork, DT/NT, New England Patriots
#59 Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State. #9 WR, #75 prospect (CBS Sports), Projected 2nd rd pick
HT: 5'11" WT: 189 32 3/4" arms 9 1/8" hands
10: 1.59 20: 2.50 40: 4.40
Bench Press: 20 (#3 in WR group)
Broad Jump 10'0"
Short Shuttle 4.02 (#4 in WR group)
3-cone 6.80 (#7 in WR group)
Markus Wheaton - 2013 NFL Draft Profile (via Erick Ward)
Markus Wheaton vs UCLA 2012 (via JmpasqDraftjedi)
Markus Wheaton vs Oregon 2012 (via JmpasqDraftjedi)
Markus Wheaton is certainly an interesting prospect to consider at WR. He has the ability to stretch the field running vertical routes. In addition to his ability to stretch the field, he has the ability to be dangerous in the short and intermediate areas of the field. This guy is electric with the football in his hand, and Oregon State tries to tailor their offense to get the ball into his hands. For a 5'11" WR, Wheaton has some long arms and does a good job of tracking the deep ball and using his hands to make the catch instead of his body, although he will sometimes get lazy on that department when no DB is near him. Wheaton caught 91 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 TDs. In the video of his game vs. UCLA he makes a lot of big catches, including a TD when he took the top off of the defense. There are concerns about when he goes over the middle, as he sometimes "alligator arms" the ball. Wheaton will be a very good addition to the Patriots, as they could use someone who can be a multi-dimensional threat as a WR.
Comparison: Deion Branch (2002-2005 Branch)
#91 Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma #16 WR, #132 overall prospect (CBS Sports), Projected 4th rd pick
HT: 6'1" WT: 194 30 1/4" arms 9" hands
10: 1.54 20: 2.49 40: 4.32
Bench Press: 16
Vertical: 33 1/2"
Broad Jump 10'4"
Short Shuttle 4.35 (4.13 on pro day)
3-cone 7.13 (Pro day)
Kenny Stills vs FSU and OSU 2011 (via JMPasq)
Kenny Stills vs Iowa State, West Virginia & Oklahoma State (2012) (via Adrian Ahufinger)
Even though most pundits have Stills going in the 4th round, drafting Stills in the 3rd round still signifies as good value in my opinion. In this mock, the Patriots double dip at WR since they've double dipped at positions that were big needs the last three drafts. Stills came into Oklahoma and started every game at WR as a true freshman and started very game 2010-2012 at the position, and showing improvements each year on the stat sheet. Compared to other WRs slated to go in the 3rd-4th round, Stills is the more polished product. Stills ran an official 4.38 at the combine, which shows he has the breakaway speed to separate from DBs downfield (faster last 20 yards on his 40 than Wheaton, Hunter, and all other prospects that are considered big downfield threats). Stills has good route running skills, as he is able to disguise his initial intentions, but has an issue of rounding them off. If he can clean up his route running, he could be a dangerous threat at the WR position. Stills does come with some baggage with an underage DUI arrest in 2011 and a penchant for some dumb penalties, which can be fixed with more focus. Stills could have a better career than Wheaton when all is said and done.
Comparison: Chad Johnson (pre-Ochocinco Johnson)
#226 Kapron Lewis-Moore, DE/DT, Notre Dame
#235 Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois