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2018 NFL draft: Todd McShay's latest mock draft would be a dream scenario for the Patriots

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ESPN's draft expert recently released a three-round mock.

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Despite their losses in free agency, the New England Patriots have one of the deepest rosters in the league. However, there are still some noticeable holes that need to be addressed both in the short and in the long run: from starting left tackle to linebacker to cornerback to developmental quarterback. Entering this month's draft with plenty of capital, the Patriots will have plenty of chances to bolster all of those positions.

And if everything goes according to how E$PN's Todd McShay projects it, the team will do just that. McShay recently released a three-round mock draft and it has New England address all of its current needs:

New England Patriots

Round 1 (23): Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Round 1 (31): Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
Round 2 (43): Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State
Round 2 (63): Rasheem Green, DE, USC
Round 3 (95): Kyle Lauletta, QB, Richmond

McShay starts his mock by giving the Patriots the top offensive tackle to enter this year's draft: Mike McGlinchey. The Notre Dame product offers ideal size (the 6'8, 310 lbs), plenty of experience and athletic upside, and is already a very good run blocker that has the potential to become a first-class pass protector as well. If the projected day-one starter indeed lasts until pick 23, it would be no surprise to see New England jump on him and make him Nate Solder's successor at left tackle.

At 31, McShay, who did not project trades, is giving the Patriots one of this year’s top cornerback prospects: Josh Jackson, who is coming off a highly productive redshirt junior season. He registered a nation-high eight interceptions and was voted first-team All-American. And even though he comes from a primarily zone-based scheme, he has some experience playing man-to-man and should be productive no matter the usage.

With the pick the Patriots obtained as part of the Jimmy Garoppolo trade, McShay has New England invest in Darius Leonard. The South Carolina State product has prototypical size for what the team is looking for at the linebacker position and comes with outstanding athletic potential. While he needs to work on his processing speed and add some core strength to disengage blockers, he has the tools to become a starter at the off-the-ball linebacker position.

Rasheem Green, who led USC’s defense with 10.0 sacks last year, also brings ideal size to the table as well as plenty of versatility to line up in multiple techniques along the defensive line. Even though he is a raw prospect that needs to add bulk and work on his technique and anticipation, the 20-year old offers outstanding athleticism and immense upside to become a productive, four-down player at the next level.

After addressing all levels of the defense, McShay goes back to the offensive side of the football by giving the Patriots their 2018 version of Jimmy Garoppolo: Richmond's Kyle Lauletta. The senior passer, who completed 63% of his attempts at Richmond, is coming with a clean throwing technique and very good footwork and would fit New England's offense. While he is a work in progress, Lauletta would be a high-upside mid-round pick.


All in all, McShay's mock draft is as close to a perfect Patriots draft as possible: The team fills its needs, adds depth at important positions and finds a quarterback to work with over the next few years. That being said, it would be a surprise if New England actually operated that way – after all, it would be a big surprise if the team did not trade away at least one of the five selections McShay predicted.