|What they’re saying||03.30.10 at 3:22 pm ET|
WEEI.com isn’t batting an eye when it comes to the 2010 NFL Draft. From interviews with experts to original mock drafts to weekly looks at potential Patriots, this is the place to be leading up to draft weekend, April 22-24.
With less than a month to go until the draft, the time has come for non-draftniks to hide their everlasting disgust with its year-round coverage and face the fact that there is no bigger NFL weekend on the horizon. The Patriots have continued to hold workouts with potential draft choices, and as a result the prognosticators are turning out new mocks at lightning speed. Here is what some of them are predicting for the Patriots:
Scott Wright, who spoke to WEEI.com for our feature on Ricky Sapp, has his latest two-round mock draft posted over at DraftCountdown.com and has the Patriots tabbing Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham in the first round. Wright has the Pats landing Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate, Sapp, and Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton with the picks No. 44, 47, and 53, respectively.
Michael Abromowitz at the Football Expert also has a two-round mock, but projects Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick to the Pats at No. 22. Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski gets the nod at pick No. 44, with Texas Christian outside linebacker Daryl Washington and Sapp going with the team’s other second-round picks. (Count me among those who think Pacman Jones will switch to baseball and win the Roberto Clemente award before Sapp lasts until the 53rd pick.)
NewNFLDraft.com, in a mock updated on Monday, sees Michigan DE/OLB Brandon Graham as the pick at No. 22, citing his motor and ability to play on the line in 4-3 situations.
NEPatriotsDraft.com is sticking with its choice of Odrick in a mock draft from Sunday. The site sees versatility to play end in the 3-4 and sound play vs. the run as selling points.
Junkyard Jake likes Gresham for the Patriots and calls him the “perfect red-zone target.”
DraftAce.com has the Patriots tabbing Texas Christian outside linebacker Jerry Hughes at No. 22 and going for Wootton, Cal running back Jahvid Best, and Illinois guard Jon Asamoah in the second round.
FootballJabber.com notes that with a surplus of pass-rushers available, the Patriots can afford to go with Odrick at No. 22. Hughes, LSU receiver Brandon LaFell and Sapp are the team’s second-round picks in the mock draft.
What kind of barometer is there to measure the stock of the draft’s potential top pick? Well, now that Sam Bradford’s Pro Day has finally taken place, it becomes far easier to gauge whether his status as “potential top pick” truly has staying power. The verdict? Keenan Burton (who currently wears No. 14 on the Rams) might need to pick a new number.
While ESPN has reported that the Rams have yet to make up their mind on whose name will be called first at Radio City Music Hall, those in attendance were impressed with Bradford’s workout, perhaps finally squashing the injury concerns that acted as a major roadblock to Bradford’s journey to the podium. Pete Carroll and Mike Holmgren both spoke highly of the performance, with Carroll raving about his stamina and accuracy, according to the Dallas Morning News.
“It looks like he’s back and is in really good condition,” Carroll told the paper. “He didn’t huff and puff his way through this workout. … I don’t think there’s any question he’s a big-timer, and he came through and had a big day for himself.”
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