Not going to lie, we here at the Blaugh have been depressed because of the NFL lockout, reason for the lack of posts lately. With the recent news of the lockout being lifted (hopefully), we are back at it in our blog game.
Today is the first day of the NFL draft, usually this is like Christmas for myself, but this year it feels different.....it feels like chrismanukah. Why? Because the Pats have three picks in the first 33 picks and a ton of picks from there on out.
Patriots Team Needs: WR, RB, OL, Pass Rusher, CB
For our Patriots Mock Draft we took mock drafts from cbs sports and drafted like we were the Patriots. I can see the BB do what he does and trade out of these spots also....but lets pretend they hold on to all three of thier first picks....
17. DE Ryan Kerrigan
The Pats desperatly need someone to get to the quarterback and Kerrigan fits that need. Kerrigan had 37.5 sacks in four years, including 12.5 in his senior season. Kerrigan scouting report from NFL DraftCountdown.
A three-year starter and team captain for the Boilermakers --- Named 1st Team All-Big Ten in 2009 and 2010 --- A unanimous All-American selection in 2010 --- Honored as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year after leading the conference in sacks as a senior --- Also garnered notice from the Big Ten for his work in the classroom --- Led the entire nation in tackles for a loss as a senior --- Finished career at Purdue tied for second on the school's all-time sack list --- 14 career forced fumbles set the Big Ten record and tied the NCAA mark --- Hails from the same college program that produced NFL pass rushers such as Rosevelt Colvin, Chike Okeafor, Shaun Phillips, Ray Edwards, Rob Ninkovich, Anthony Spencer and Cliff Avril --- Suffered a broken foot in the final game of the 2009 season, which had to be surgically repaired --- Could project to defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or outside linebacker in an odd (3-4) front --- Fantastic football player who compensates for a lack of eye-popping physical tools with top-notch intangibles --- Draft stock soared after a standout senior campaign and it seemed as though everyone who saw him play came away singing his praises --- Might never be an "elite" sack artist along the lines of Julius Peppers but will be a very good player for a long time -- Profiles as a Chris Long-type of presence at the next level.
28. Mark Ingram RB Alabama
The Patriots had running back by comitee last season, with the Law Firm as our pounder. While I love what the Law Firm does for the Pats, I believe that the Pats could use a stud running back. Ingram is the best running back in the draft and compares to Emmit Smith. Watching this guy run he is an absolute beast. As a sophmore he ran for over 1600 yards.
33. Jonathan Baldwin WR Pitt
The Pats need a down field threat after letting Randy Moss go. As we saw in the playoffs, the Jets were not afraid of anything downfield. Baldwin would give them that threat.
Baldwin had about 2000 yards and 13 touchdowns the last two seasons for the Pitt Panthers.
Guys who I like a lot, and would love to see wearing a Patriots Jersey : OLB Akeem Ayers DE Ryan Kerrigan DE Aldon Smith CB Jimmy Smith OT Antony Catazono OG Mike Pouncey CB Prince Amukamara RB Mark Ingram