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2015 NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Projects Lineman to Patriots

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The Patriots are projected to beef up their linemen as they head into 2015.

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This is ESPN's Todd McShay's second mock draft and I have to say that I think he's done a very good job with the Patriots. In his first mock, he selected offensive guard A.J. Cann to the Patriots, a player who has grown on me as a solid starting option in the NFL.

In this second version, McShay is beefing up another line position, in Iowa's defensive tackle Carl Davis:

Analysis: Davis' motor ran hot and cold during his Iowa career, but at 6-4, 318 pounds he has a quick get-off, violent hands and the ability to quickly redirect once he has penetrated the backfield. He was a standout at the Senior Bowl in January, proving to be one of the toughest players for offensive linemen to block one-on-one. Arizona State WR Jaelen Strong could also make sense here, as would Georgia RB Todd Gurley if he's still on the board [Gurley is mocked to the Seahawks at 31 overall].

The head coach of Iowa, Kirk Ferentz, is a former coach of Bill Belichick's, so you can be certain that the Patriots will be well informed on Davis' ability.

Davis presents fantastic size and a seeming ability to flex into both the 4-3 and the 3-4 fronts. He's quick off the snap and would provide the Patriots a quality complement next to Dominique Easley as centerpieces for the Patriots defense.

What do you think?