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Moving on/Positional Rankings Preview V1

All of us are hurting pretty bad right now, and after that beat down by Denver it is obvious this Patriots squad has a lot of improving to do. No position group played well today, and each unit's flaws were exposed by a almost flawless Bronco performance. The secondary looked like it had back tracked after two years of progress, the Linebacker unit was exposed in pass coverage, and the Defensive like got little to know push on the pocket. The Patriots O-Line got manhandled in pass protection and run blocking, the WR's had some trouble getting open, the Rb's had trouble finding holes and getting to the next level, and Brady missed a couple crucial throws that would lead to points.

Honestly, we are probably lucky we made it this far, bringing along with us the second youngest team in the league and leaving 6 impact starters on the IR. The team has made great improvements in its team building strategy, opting to part with older free agents and replace them with younger versatile athletes. Belichick and Caserio have done a good job of finding players to fit their system. In the last 3 drafts they have added notable impact players Nate Solder, Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Marcus Cannon, Chandler Jones, Dont'a Hightower, Alfonzo Dennard, Jamie Collins, Aaron Dobson, Logan Ryan, and Duron Harmon. The success rate of this new wave of Patriot draftees is remarkably higher than the middle years of the 2000's. The only bust out of those 3 classes has been Ras-I Dowling, and it can be argued that the talent was there for him....but his body wasn't. Besides those players, Tavon Wilson had a phenomenal rookie season, but did not see the field much his second year except for a special teams role in which he thrived.

The only thing we can do now as Patriot fans is move on, and remain hopeful for next season. We are early in the process, but I have been working on my positional rankings for the upcoming draft. Underclassmen have finished declaring, and Senior Bowl week is set to begin. My views on a player are of course susceptible to change as more game tape becomes available, and as we learn about the draft class as a whole. I welcome your opinions and any thoughts you may have, or any suggestions. These rankings are based on who I think would fit best in a Patriots uniforms, and will be expanded and revised as the season goes on.

QB:

1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

3. David Fales, San Jose St.

4. Zach Mettenberger, LSU

5. Jimmy Garroppolo, EIU

The Patriot: David Fales

The 10 Year Player: Teddy Bridgewater

The Bust: Blake Bortles

The Sleeper: Keith Wenning

RB:

1. Charles Sims, WVU

2. Marion Grice, ASU

3. Bishop Sankey, Washington

4. Carlos Hyde, OSU

5. Kadeem Carey, Arizona

The Patriot: Charles Sims

The 10 Year Player: Charles Sims

The Bust: Andre Williams

The Sleeper: Isaiah Crowell

TE:

1. Austin Seferian Jenkins, Washington

2. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa

3. Troy Niklas, Notre Dame

4. Eric Ebron, UNC

5. Arthur Lynch, Georgia

The Patriot: C.J. Fiedorowicz

The Ten Year Player: Arthur Lynch

The Bust: Jace Amaro

The Sleeper: Jake Murphy

WR:

1. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

2. Sammy Watkins, Clemson

3. Allen Robinson, Penn St.

4. Jarvis Landry, LSU

5. Mike Evans, Texas A&M

The Patriot: Jordan Matthews

The Ten Year Player: Jared Abbrederis

The Bust: Kelvin Benjiman

The Sleeper: Jeff Janis

OT:

1. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

2. Greg Robinson, Auburn

3. Antonio Richardson, Tennessee

4. Jack Mewhort, OSU

5. Taylor Lewan, Michigan

The Patriot: Zach Martin

The Guard Conversion: Zach Martin

The 10 Year Player: Jake Matthews

The Bust: Cyrus Kouandijo

The Sleeper: Billy Turner

OG:

1. David Yankey, Stanford

2. Zach Martin, Notre Dame

3. Xavier Sua Filo, UCLA

4. Billy Turner, North Dakota St.

5. Cyril Richardson, Baylor

The Patriot: Zach Martin

The 10 Year Player: Zack Martin

The Bust: Gabe Jackson

The Sleeper: Spencer Long

C:

1. Travis Swanson, Arkansas

2. Weston Richburg, Colorado St.

3. Bryan Stork, FSU

4. Tyler Larsen, Utah St.

5. Marcus Martin, USC

The Patriot: Bryan Stork, FSU

The Ten Year Player: Weston Richburg

The Bust: Gabe Ikard

The Sleeper: James Stone

DE:

1. Jadaveon Clowney, South Carolina

2. Scott Chrichton, Oregon St.

3. Kareem Martin, UNC

4. Trevor Reilly, Utah

5. Kony Ealy, Mizzou

The Patriot: Scott Chrichton

The Ten Year Player: Trent Murphy

The Bust: Chris Smith

The Sleeper: Cassius Marsh

DT:

1. Louis Nix, Notre Dame

2. Dominique Easley, Florida

3. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

4. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

5. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

The Patriot: Daquan Jones

The Ten Year Player: Louis Nix

The Bust: Timmy Jernigan

The Sleeper: Justin Ellis

OLB

1. Khalil Mack, Buffalo

2. Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech

3. Anthony Barr, UCLA

4. Kyle Van Noy, BYU

5. Ryan Shazier, OSU

The Patriot: Kyle Van Noy

The Ten Year Player: Khalil Mack

The Bust: Anthony Barr

The Sleeper: Shaquil Barrett

ILB

1. C.J. Mosely, Alabama

2. Shayne Skov, Stanford

3. Chris Borland, Wisconsin

4. Christian Jones, FSU

5. Yawin Smallwood, UCONN

The Patriot: Christian Jones

The Ten Year Player: C.J. Mosely

The Bust: Yawin Smallwood

The Sleeper: James Morris

CB

1. Jason Verrett, TCU

2. Kyle Fuller, VT

3. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St.

4. Bradley Roby, OSU

5. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan St.

The Patriot: Kyle Fuller,

The Ten Year Player: Jason Verrett

The Bust: Darqueze Dennard

The Sleeper: Ross Cockrell

S

1. Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Alabama

2. Calvin Pryor, Louisville

3. Vinny Sunseri, Alabama

4. Deone Bucannon, WSU

5. Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

The Patriot: Vinny Sunseri, Alabama

The Ten Year Player:Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

The Bust: Deone Bucannon

The Sleeper: Alden Darby

Once again, those are my opinions. My lists will expand as the process goes on, and I would love to hear your thoughts. It you have any questions on my reasoning, ask away. Here is my Mock draft for the Patriots heading into the offseason.

Round 1: Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt

Round 2: Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech

Round 3: C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa

Round 4: David Fales QB San Jose St.

Round 5: Kareem Martin DE UNC (Proj. Comp. Pick)

Round 6: Vinny Sunseri DB Alabama

Round 6: Justin Ellis DT Louisiana Tech

Round 7: Glenn Carson LB Penn St.

The views expressed in these FanPosts are not necessarily those of the writers or SBNation.

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