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Richard Hill's New England Patriots Draft Board

Every team prepares for the draft by listing players they believe would be the best fit for their team. The players may not have the possibility of being available by their draft time, but they will be graded regardless. I decided to create my own draft board for the Patriots that I believe takes the team's greatest needs into consideration.

I still have Sam Bradford ranked, even though we have Tom Brady. Where I have these players ranked are NOT where I believe they will be drafted- it's where I believe these players must be in the draft for us to select them. I think Terrence Cody is a first round talent, but I have him ranked at the bottom of the second round. We already have Vince Wilfork and Ron Brace on the team, which means that the value of the Cody pick must be extremely high for us to select him.

The tier the player is placed in is where I believe the Patriots would and should draft them. I am not advocating that they trade up to select any player. However, if they did, I hope they don't overdraft players and my ranking will show where I think top tier talents should be picked.

Now there are some players that I just leave off the list. That's because I don't think they fit the Patriots scheme at all. For instance, I don't believe that Jason Pierre-Paul fits the Patriots, so I didn't include him. While he may have value for other teams, I don't think he has a spot on our roster so, therefore, I don't give him a spot on the draft board.

My draft board after the jump!

Here's my draft board:

  Player Pos. School
Top 5 Pick Value
1 Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State
2 Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma
3 Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
Top 10 Pick Value
4 Eric Berry FS Tennessee
5 Joe Haden CB Florida
6 Rolando McClain ILB Alabama
Top 15 Pick Value
7 Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
8 Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa
9 Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame
Top 20 Pick Value
10 Brandon Graham OLB Michigan
11 Earl Thomas CB Texas
Top 25 Pick Value
12 Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State
13 Jared Odrick DT Penn State
14 Sergio Kindle OLB Texas
15 Mike Iupati OG Idaho
16 Kyle Wilson CB Boise State
17 Charles Brown OT Southern California
Top 32 Pick Value
18 Dan Williams DT Tennessee
19 Trent Williams OT Oklahoma
20 Ryan Mathews RB Fresno State
21 Maurkice Pouncey C Florida
22 C.J. Spiller RB Clemson
Top 40 Pick Value
23 Devin McCourty CB Rutgers
24 Anthony Davis OT Rutgers
25 Jerry Hughes OLB TCU
26 Ricky Sapp OLB Clemson
27 Golden Tate WR Notre Dame
Top 45 Pick Value
28 Kareem Jackson CB Alabama
29 Rodger Saffold OT Indiana
30 Damian Williams WR Southern California
31 Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma
Top 50 Pick Value
32 Tyson Alualu DT California
33 Bruce Campbell OT Maryland
34 Taylor Mays FS Southern California
35 Lamarr Houston DT Texas
36 Rob Gronkowski TE Arizona
37 Eric Norwood OLB South Carolina
Top 55 Pick Value
38 Brandon Ghee CB Wake Forest
39 Terrence Cody DT Alabama
40 Jared Veldheer OT Hillsdale
41 Brandon LaFell WR LSU
42 Sean Lee ILB Penn State
43 Brandon Spikes ILB Florida
Top 64 Pick Value
44 Anthony McCoy TE Southern California
45 Arrelious Benn WR Illinois
46 Donald Butler ILB Washington
47 Torrell Troup DT UCF
48 Colt McCoy QB Texas
49 Alex Carrington DE Arkansas State
50 Matt Tennant C Boston College


If you have any questions or critiques, feel free to comment. If you have any player suggestions, definitely comment.

I'd love to hear some feed back.