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Rating the New England Patriots Draft: #150 Zoltan Mesko

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150. Zoltan Mesko, P Michigan

Players left: C Matt Tennant, WR Riley Cooper, SS Reshad Jones

Pros:

  • Gives us a top of the line punter.
  • Adds around 5 yards to every punt over last year (Hanson finished 32nd in the league in punting average, dead last in net punting yards, tied for league lead in blocked punts).
  • Mesko has the skill to match Hanson's short field punting game (coffin corners, fair catches, etc). Hanson usually punted a short field, 2nd in the league in Fair Catch %).
  • Gives us a young player with a lot of experience.
  • "Free" pick that we gained by trading down in the first for Devin McCourty.
  • Fills a great need.

Cons:

  • Grabbed in the 5th round with plenty of great players available.

Summary: Some people think we reached a little in the 5th round for Mesko. However, the #1 punter in the draft usually gets drafted in the 4th or 5th round. If Mesko works out, he will be worth the pick.

Final Player Grade: A-. He is an un-sexy punter pick, but he does fill a need and should provide us with a starter. That said, there's a chance the Patriots could have traded down a little in the 5th, picked up an additional late rounder and still grabbed Mesko before the Buccaneers.

Final Draft Pick Grade: A. "Free" pick from the McCourty trade down. Best type of pick, right?