What They’re Saying
|04.06.10 at 12:58 am 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.
The three-day holiday that is the NFL Draft is now just over two weeks away, yet draft boards and projections can still be rocked … as was seen with the trade of Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in exchange for the 37th overall pick as well as a 2011 pick. Lucky for the readers, draftniks never sleep, so here’s the latest mock roundup and how they see things shaking out for the Patriots:
NFL Draft Dog published its latest mock draft on Monday and projects Cal running back Jahvid Best to the Patriots at No. 22. Given the overwhelming depth at almost every position in this draft, selecting Best in the first round would be an example of getting extremely poor value, as Best, Fresno State’s Ryan Mathews, or Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer most likely would be available when the Patriots pick at No. 44 at No. 47.
Monday’s mock draft at NFL Draft 101 projects the Patriots to go for Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick in the first round, dubbing Odrick an “ideal fit as a 3-4 defensive end.” The Patriots are reportedly interested in Odrick and would get both value and a player at a position of need with the selection. The second round of the mock draft sees the Patriots landing Ricky Sapp, Best, and Florida tight end Aaron Hernandez. The Patriots would be extremely fortunate should such a scenario play out.
NEPatriotsDraft.com has a bit of an intriguing pick for the Patriots. With Odrick off the board, the mock draft has versatile Florida lineman Maurkice Pouncey going at No. 22. Pouncey has skyrocketed up draft boards recently, but it remains to be seen whether the Patriots would neglect bigger needs on the defense and at receiver to secure him. The site has the Patriots taking TCU outside linebacker Jerry Hughes, Citadel receiver Andre Roberts, and Arkansas State defensive end Alex Carrington in the second round.
Draft Ace has the Patriots going heavy on the defensive line. In addition to selecting Odrick at No. 22, the site has the Patriots tabbing Northwestern defensive end Corey Wootton with the 44th overall pick. Tim Tebow and Illinois guard Jon Asamoah are the other two second-rounders in the mock draft.
New NFL Mock draft’s pick to the Patriots in Monday’s mock draft is anything but new, with Michigan DE/OLB Brandon Graham the choice at No. 22. There hasn’t been much reported interest from the Patriots out there, but his work ethic obviously makes him someone to consider. Plenty more mock drafts can be found at DC Pro Sports Report.
I know, I know — moratorium on the Ricky Sapp talk already. I promise this will be the last you’ll hear me esteem the Clemson DE/OLB for a while (unless you follow me on Twitter) but the fact of the matter is that all the writers who have written stories about who benefits most from the Washington/Philadelphia trade has left out a major piece. The 37th pick is that piece, and the Eagles picking it up nearly secures that the Patriots would either have to select Sapp at No. 22 or trade up into the second round to get him.
Sapp has been pursued strongly by the Patriots, Eagles and Jets, among others, with Philadelphia and New England being the most aggressive. At the time that my feature on Sapp was written it seemed the Patriots could have multiple shots at selecting Sapp, since the Pats picked ahead of the Eagles in the first round and would have three more cracks at him before Philadelphia was on the clock in the second round.
Now, not only do the Patriots have to worry about the Eagles, Cardinals and Jets at No. 24, No. 26 and No. 29, respectively, but they also have the Eagles picking seven slots ahead of them in the second round. With all the talk of which team won the McNabb deal, it just could end up that Sapp becomes the biggest beneficiary.