ESPN’s Mel Kiper and Todd McShay created a two-round mock draft and they have pretty different opinions on who the New England Patriots should draft- but they have a similar idea on the positions of need.
23. New England Patriots (from Rams)
Kiper: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
The Patriots added this pick in the Brandin Cooks deal. Miller has a high ceiling -- he was an under-the-radar prospect heading into the season. At 6-8, 309 pounds, Miller could play left or right tackle.
McShay: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
This deal gets New England in the position to take a left tackle. McGlinchey’s NFL comp is Solder, so he’d make sense here.
Tackle is an obvious need for the Patriots and their new first round pick will help the Patriots leap-frog a bunch of other tackle-needy teams. There are a few cornerstone tackles in the draft, similar to the 2011 draft that landed the Patriots Nate Solder.
Miller, McGlinchey, Connor Williams, Orlando Brown, Chukwuma Okorafor, and Tyrell Crosby are all options.
31. New England Patriots
Kiper: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
Hughes could be Malcolm Butler’s replacement and the punt and kick returner on Day 1.
McShay: Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama
A versatile defensive back, Harrison could be an eventual Patrick Chung replacement.
The Patriots need to bolster their secondary depth, but cornerback makes a little more sense than safety. Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, and Duron Harmon are under multi-year deals, so it’s not exactly clear where Ronnie Harrison would fit.
Hughes could be a good option to eventually start in 2019 and play across from Stephon Gilmore.
43. New England Patriots (from 49ers)
Kiper: Sam Hubbard, OLB/DE, Ohio State
The Patriots’ top pick in 2017 -- outside linebacker Derek Rivers -- tore his ACL in the preseason and never got on the field. This is a position that needs to be addressed in the draft (again).
McShay: Jerome Baker, LB, Ohio State
New England continues to shore up its D with an athletic, undersized weakside linebacker.
Do the Patriots need another pass rusher? Trey Flowers will be a free agent after the season, but they also have Adrian Clayborn and Deatrich Wise Jr. and Adam Butler under contract. Hubbard is a former lacrosse player, so who knows?
Baker would be the coverage linebacker that the Patriots have been looking for, but is he the best value at this point?
63. New England Patriots
Kiper: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
I expect Rudolph to be the sixth quarterback off the board, and it will likely come in the second round. New England doesn’t have a developmental quarterback on its roster. This would be a good spot for Rudolph.
McShay: Anthony Averett, CB, Alabama
After adding Harrison in Round 1, New England doubles down with secondary help.
Rudolph is a great fit for the Patriots and he would be a great back-up for Tom Brady. McShay gave the Patriots two defensive backs in the first two rounds.
Kiper: OT Kolton Miller, CB Mike Hughes, EDGE Sam Hubbard, QB Mason Rudolph
McShay: OT Mike McGlinchey, SS Ronnie Harrison, LB Jerome Baker, CB Anthony Averett
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