A highly anticipated second day of the NFL Draft for the pick-heavy New England Patriots came as advertised, netting them a OLB that obliterated combine drills in Jamie Collins from Southern Miss. and a tall, acrobatic, high-upside WR from Marshall in Aaron Dobson.
On Dobson, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss writes:
Dobson (6-foot-2 3/4, 210 pounds) was one of the Patriots' 30 pre-draft visits in the weeks leading up to the draft. The Patriots used about 25 percent of their visits on receivers, which seemed to be a reflection that they planned to draft a pass-catcher, and it ended up being Dobson.
One of the things that stands out about Dobson is that he fits a different profile than most of the other receivers on the roster. He's more of a pure outside target (good size, long arms) who has shown a knack for making the tough catch, although he doesn't have top-end speed.
Collins is an intriguing prospect. While pegged as low as a fifth-rounder in some mocks, Football Outsiders had some extremely high praise for Jamie:
SackSEER likes Jamie Collins a lot. Collins has a SackSEER Rating of 97.7 percent, which means that, when not controlling for draft position, Collins is SackSEER’s eighth-favorite prospect ever. Even after controlling for projected draft position, SackSEER favors Collins to collect more sacks than probable first-round picks Jarvis Jones and Dion Jordan, as well as all of the edge rushers who were available in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Collins had a fantastic Combine workout -— a 4.64 forty, a 41.5-inch vertical leap, and an edge rusher-record 139-inch broad jump. Collins, however, is not just a workout warrior. Collins’ projection is also buoyed by his passes defensed -— Collins had 18 passes defensed in 52 games, including three interceptions.
52 - Jamie Collins - OLB - Southern Miss.
59 - Aaron Dobson - WR - Marshall
83 - Logan Ryan - CB - Rutgers
91 - Duron Harmon - S - Rutgers
On Ryan, Walter Football writes:
Player Comparison: Devin McCourty. Both McCourty and Ryan are products of the same system, and they have similar styles of play. McCourty has the ability to function as a man corner, zone corner and run defender. Overall, Ryan is similar. McCourty enjoyed a late rise to be a first-round pick (27th overall) for New England in 2010. The same thing could happen to Ryan, but he is more likely to be a second-day selection. If Ryan pans out, he could be a player who is comparable to McCourty.
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