Rich Hill's Patriots Top 100 Draft Big Board

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As we approach draft season, Rich Hill provides his top 100 prospects that fit the Patriots needs in the upcoming NFL Draft.

I gave you my top 50 at the end of the NFL Season. I've been able to watch more players and polish my reviews as many important days, such as the combine and pro days, have passed. There have been specialized bowl games for top talent and there have been plenty of games analyzed and cut up for our viewing pleasure.

If you don't already know, Draft Breakdown is the premier website for game tapes of most prospects in the upcoming draft. Bookmark it. Favorite it. Share it with your friends. It's a gold mine.

While this can, and most certainly will, be subject to change, it lays out the game plan for the Patriots draft approach. Based upon positional strength in the draft, as well as the current value of positions in the NFL, we can point out to where the Patriots should be able to take advantage of prospects.

But before we jump in, we need to point out that Bill Belichick hasn't traded into the top 20 when his pick is at the bottom of the draft. It's too expensive for his taste and in order to move up ten spaces, he would have to give up multiple mid round picks. That's the last thing he wants to give up, especially in such a rich draft as this one.

So as a result, I've removed what are generally considered the top 15 prospects. They're out of the Patriots price range and it's extremely unlikely that they'll be available when the Patriots are on the clock- or even be available once the Patriots are able to afford trading up.

Here's a list of the excluded prospects:

DE Jadeveon Clowney

DT Aaron Donald

OLB Khalil Mack, Anthony Barr

CB Justin Gilbert

OT Greg Robinson, Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan, Zack Martin

QB Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater

WR Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans

TE Eric Ebron

Of these players, CB Gilbert, TE Ebron, and OT Lewan have the greatest chance of falling into range, but most should be off the table.

Take note that the Patriots operate with an extremely stripped draft board. They'll head into the draft with under 100 players in min and try to get them; if they're unavailable, the Patriots will try to trade. So this top 100 represents a board with more names than the Patriots will have on their real board.

So let the debate begin. Thanks to CBS for the formatting. *'d players are underclassmen. Here are my rankings:

Rk. Player School Pos. Class Ht. Wt. PosRk
1 RaShede Hageman Minnesota DT rSr 6'6 310 1
2 *Kony Ealy Missouri DE rJr 6'4 273 1
3 Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois S Sr 5'11 193 1
4 Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech CB Sr 6'0 190 1
5 Darqueze Dennard Michigan State CB Sr 5'11 199 2
6 *Allen Robinson Penn State WR Jr 6'3 220 1
7 Weston Richburg Colorado State IL rSr 6'3 298 1
8 *Scott Crichton Oregon State DE rJr 6'3 273 2
9 *Jace Amaro Texas Tech TE Jr 6'5 265 1
10 Kareem Martin North Carolina DE Sr 6'6 272 3
11 *Timmy Jernigan Florida State DT Jr 6'2 299 2
12 *Louis Nix Notre Dame DT rJr 6'2 331 3
13 *Brandin Cooks Oregon State WR Jr 5'10 189 2
14 *Xavier Su'a-Filo UCLA IL rJr 6'4 307 2
15 Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt WR Sr 6'3 212 3
16 *Odell Beckham Jr. LSU WR Jr 5'11 198 4
17 Dee Ford Auburn DE rSr 6'2 252 4
18 Jason Verrett TCU CB Sr 5'10 189 3
19 *Stephon Tuitt Notre Dame DT Jr 6'6 304 4
20 *Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington TE Jr 6'6 262 2
21 *Marqise Lee Southern California WR Jr 6'0 192 5
22 *Hasean Clinton-Dix Alabama S Jr 6'1 208 2
23 C.J. Mosley Alabama LB Sr 6'2 234 1
24 *Ryan Shazier Ohio State LB Jr 6'1 237 2
25 Brandon Thomas Clemson IL rSr 6'3 317 3
26 Kyle Van Noy Brigham Young LB rSr 6'3 243 3
27 *Troy Niklas Notre Dame TE rJr 6'7 270 3
28 Dominique Easley Florida DT Sr 6'2 288 5
29 Will Sutton Arizona State DT rSr 6'1 303 6
30 Marcus Smith Louisville DE Sr 6'3 251 5
31 C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa TE Sr 6'6 265 4
32 *Donte Moncrief Ole Miss WR Jr 6'2 221 6
33 *Marcus Martin Southern California IL Jr 6'3 320 4
34 DaQuan Jones Penn State DT Sr 6'4 322 7
35 *Dion Bailey Southern California S rJr 6'0 201 3
36 *Davante Adams Fresno State WR rSo 6'1 212 7
37 *Calvin Pryor Louisville S Jr 5'11 207 4
38 *Kelvin Benjamin Florida State WR rSo 6'5 240 8
39 Jeremiah Attaochu Georgia Tech DE Sr 6'3 252 6
40 Crockett Gillmore Colorado State TE Sr 6'6 260 5
41 Trent Murphy Stanford DE rSr 6'5 250 7
42 Morgan Moses Virginia OT Sr 6'6 314 1
43 Derek Carr Fresno State QB rSr 6'2 214 1
44 Joel Bitonio Nevada OT rSr 6'4 302 2
45 Gabe Jackson Mississippi State IL rSr 6'3 336 5
46 *Bishop Sankey Washington RB Jr 5'10 209 1
47 Dakota Dozier Furman IL rSr 6'4 313 6
48 Charles Sims West Virginia RB rSr 6'0 214 2
49 Arthur Lynch Georgia TE rSr 6'5 258 6
50 Jaylen Watkins Florida CB Sr 6'0 194 4
51 Deone Bucannon Washington State S Sr 6'1 211 5
52 *Carl Bradford Arizona State DE rJr 6'1 250 8
53 *Bradley Roby Ohio State CB rJr 5'11 194 5
54 *Cody Latimer Indiana WR Jr 6'3 215 9
55 Trevor Reilly Utah DE rSr 6'5 245 9
56 *Jarvis Landry LSU WR Jr 6'0 205 10
57 *Antonio Richardson Tennessee OT Jr 6'6 336 3
58 Corey Linsley Ohio State IL rSr 6'3 296 7
59 *David Yankey Stanford IL rJr 6'6 315 8
60 Shaquil Barrett Colorado State DE Sr 6'1 251 10
61 Kevin Norwood Alabama WR rSr 6'2 198 11
62 Jackson Jeffcoat Texas DE Sr 6'3 247 11
63 Ross Cockrell Duke CB rSr 6'0 191 6
64 *George Uko Southern California DT rJr 6'3 284 8
65 Chris Borland Wisconsin LB rSr 6'0 248 4
66 *Tre Mason Auburn RB Jr 5'9 207 3
67 *Lache Seastrunk Baylor RB rJr 5'10 201 4
68 Carlos Hyde Ohio State RB rSr 6'0 230 5
69 *Devonta Freeman Florida State RB Jr 5'8 206 6
70 *Trai Turner LSU IL rSo 6'3 310 9
71 *Aaron Lynch South Florida DE rSo 6'5 249 12
72 Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin WR rSr 6'1 195 12
73 Telvin Smith Florida State LB Sr 6'3 218 5
74 Andre Williams Boston College RB Sr 5'11 230 7
75 *Marcus Roberson Florida CB Jr 6'0 191 7
76 Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois QB Sr 6'2 226 2
77 Travis Swanson Arkansas IL rSr 6'5 312 10
78 Lamarcus Joyner Florida State CB Sr 5'8 184 8
79 A.J. McCarron Alabama QB rSr 6'3 220 3
80 *Cyrus Kouandjio Alabama OT Jr 6'7 322 4
81 *Jake Murphy Utah TE Jr 6'4 249 7
82 *Bruce Ellington South Carolina WR rJr 5'9 197 13
83 *Demarcus Lawrence Boise State DE rJr 6'3 251 13
84 Christian Kirksey Iowa LB Sr 6'2 233 6
85 Aaron Murray Georgia QB rSr 6'1 207 4
86 Pierre Desir Lindenwood CB rSr 6'1 198 9
87 TJ Jones Notre Dame WR Sr 6'0 188 14
88 Jack Mewhort Ohio State OT rSr 6'6 309 5
89 Keith Wenning Ball State QB Sr 6'3 218 5
90 Josh Mauro Stanford DE rSr 6'6 271 14
91 Bryan Stork Florida State IL rSr 6'4 315 11
92 Zach Mettenberger LSU QB rSr 6'5 224 6
93 JaWuan James Tennessee OT Sr 6'6 311 6
94 *Yawin Smallwood Connecticut LB rJr 6'2 246 7
95 *Terrance West Towson RB Jr 5'9 225 8
96 Christian Jones Florida State LB Sr 6'3 240 8
97 *Bashaud Breeland Clemson CB rJr 5'11 197 10
98 Chris Whaley Texas DT rSr 6'3 269 9
99 *Adrian Hubbard Alabama DE rJr 6'6 257 15
100 *Brandon Coleman Rutgers WR rJr 6'6 225 15

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Just missing the cut:

DT Caraun Reid, Deandre Coleman, Jay Bromley

LB Shayne Skov, Jordan Tripp, Prince Shembo, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Tyler Starr, Boseko Lokombo

CB Dayonne Nunley

QB Tom Savage, David Fales, Jeff Mathews

IL Tyler Larsen

TE Gator Hoskins, Xavier Grimble, Trey Burton, Marcel Jensen, Chris Coyle

WR Devin Street

These players are considered draftable and are potential targets in the "preferred free agent" rounds of 6 and 7.

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