20 players Patriots could consider in Round 2
|04.26.13 at 1:00 pm ET|
Who’s ready to find some value?
The Patriots will be on the clock with the 20th pick of the second round on Friday thanks to their deal with the Vikings. As weak as this draft is compared to past years, there will be good prospects available to them if and when they pick, so here are 20 prospects they could consider in the second round (keep in mind they also have the 59th pick). At least one will be available to them, but it’s likely that many will still be on the board by the time pick No. 52 rolls around.
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Prototypical size and speed for an X receiver at 6-foot-4, 196 pounds. It’s pretty surprising he made it out of the first round.
Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE, Florida State
Looks like an NFL defensive end at a very strong 6-foot-4 and 276 pounds and is considered a very hard-worker. Not much versatility — he’s a defensive end, not a DE/OLB ‘tweener.
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
There have been a lot of comparisons to Geno Atkins, but there have also been some work ethic concerns.
Robert Woods, WR, USC
There were some issues with drops in college, and he has short arms for a receiver.
Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
A very balanced corner who does everything well. So-so size at 5-foot-10½ and 192 pounds.
Keenan Allen, WR, California
Slow. Had to take an extra drug test after he had suspiciously high levels of water in his system at the combine.
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Was considered a surefire top-10 pick early in the draft process, but he’s slow and has a reputation of not being a hard-worker.
Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
A project of a pass-rusher who could have a big payoff. Unlike Ziggy Ansah, you don’t have to take him with a top-five pick.
John Cyprien, S, Florida International
Rangy and was a four-year starter, but he can be fooled easily.
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
You’ve got to love his height (6-foot-2), but it’s hard to love a 4.61 second 40-yard dash.
D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
A very smart defender, but he’s a liability in coverage. Big defensive backs are all the rage these days, so the 5-foot-10½ Swearinger may fall.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn
A good cover corner with decent size. Also a captain his last two years of college. You know how much Bill Belichick likes those.
Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
Has a real chip on his shoulder given that his production has been overlooked because of his size (5-foot-10, 193 pounds). The next Deion Branch?
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Similar size to Vince Wilfork at 6-foot-3, 320 pounds. A great run-stuffer, but not much else.
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Clean or not, it’s his size (5-foot-9, 186 pounds) that should have people concerned. The Pats should pass.
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Injury concerns are a big issue, but he’s a more balanced defender than Hankins.
Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
Very good hands and good size at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds.
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
A vertical threat who might be a bit of a one-trick pony. Doesn’t run routes well.
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Not a speedster by any stretch of the imagination, but had 13 touchdown catches as a senior.
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
A good pass-rusher who needs be more consistent if he wants to be a starter in the NFL.