With The 12th Pick, in the 2017 NFL Draft, The New England Patriots Select ...

Updated: 2/25




Click Here For My Main Page

with links to my Pats Draft Blog and Player Ratings.

  For more Info on Pats, check out my: Player Ratings: Updated 3/14

I hate the first Mock. Everything I write seems wrong the second I'm done. 

That is why I started calling my first mock the Worlds Worst Mock ten yeas ago. 

PICKS 12-22


1st Round 2018 Draft

Picks 1-11.

Picks 12-22.

Picks 23-32.

 If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me:




My Picks: 

Key Needs:

Team Moves:



Defense: 4-3


**Derwin James


6-3, 211, #3

4.49 (U), 11'3" Broad (U),



2017 Picks:

1 (9) John Ross, WR, Washington
2 (48) Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
3 (73) Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State
4 (116) Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
4 (128) Josh Malone, WR, Tennessee
4 (138) Ryan Glasgow, DT, Michigan
5 (153) Jake Elliott, K, Memphis
5 (176) J.J. Dielman, OC, Utah
6 (193) Jordan Evans, LB, Oklahoma
6 (207) Brandon Wilson, RB, Houston
7 (251) Mason Schreck, TE, Buffalo

2016 Picks:

1 William Jackson III, CB, Houston

2 (55) Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

3 (87) Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State

4 (122) Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

5 (161) Christian Westerman, OG, Arizona St

6 (199) Cody Core, WR, Ole Miss

7 (245) Clayton Fejedelem, S, Illinois

Key F.A. Signed:  
WR Brandon LaFell

RB Rex Burkhead

ORT Andre Smith

CB Dre Kirkpatrick

Key F.A.:  


Key F.A. Lost:

OG Kevin Zeitler
OLT Andrew Whitworth

DT Domata Peko

The Team: The lack of discipline has finally caught up with the Bengals. They need to draft character as well as talent. Getting a do it all leader for their secondary could finally allow them to dump Pacman.  

The Player:  James is a do it all Safety. "If he plays like he did as a freshman, yes, he belongs on that list," a scout said. "Right now? No way in hell . He’s not doing anything. And yes, they’re playing him differently. They’re trying to create for him, playing him at outside ’backer. But he’s not the same." He can play Cover One and Cover Two like a Free Safety. 

"James is a chiseled 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, with strength and explosiveness that set him apart even in one of the most talented locker rooms in the country," written in NFL.Com Labs. "He can bench press 450 pounds, and he's approached 600 on the squat rack. He's broad jumped 11 feet, 3 inches, which would have ranked him in the top five among more than 300 players at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine. You want speed? He was clocked at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Nike Opening coming out of high school."

He can walk up into the box and stop the run like a Mike. And he can line up on the line like a Will or a Sam, and make plays at the line, or blitzing into the backfield. He was phenomenal in the Box. He is a great blitzer off the edge. Elite athlete who has grown into an oversized Strong Safety.

The Reason: This is a best player available pick. Plus, James was really more of an LB than a Safety last season. "He's pretty-looking. He's got one of those body types where you could play him at about seven different positions," a scout said. "He looks most like a strong safety, but he's got the frame to put weight on and be a linebacker. He could be a huge corner. He looks kind of like what Patrick Peterson was coming out. Just a great-looking frame." He could easily play LB in the NFL.

The Reason: Best player available.

Second Choice: Josh Jackson CB

Read the books that Support this Website. As thousands of fans have already done and enjoyed.



Defense: 3-4



2017 Picks:

1 (17) Jonathan Allen, DE Alabama
2 (49) Ryan Anderson, OLB Alabama
3 (81) Fabian Noreau, DB UCLA
4 (114) Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma
4 Montae Nicholson SS Michigan ST
5 (154) Jeremy Sprinkle, TE, Arkansas
6 (199) Chase Roullier, OL Wyoming
6 (209) Robert Davis WR Georgia S.
7 Josh Harvey-Clemons SS Louisville
7 (235) Josh Holsey, DB, Auburn

2016 Picks:

1 (22)  Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
2 (53) Su’a Cravens, S, USC
3 Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
5 (152) Matt Ioannidis, NT, Temple
6 (187) Nate Sudfeld, QB, Indiana
7 (232) Steven Daniels, ILB, BC
7-242 Keith Marshall RB, Georgia

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Kirk Cousins

WR Terrelle Pryor

WR Brian Quick

TE Vernon Davis

DE Ziggy Hood

OL Vinston Painter

Key F.A.: 
Alex Smith QB

Key F.A. Lost:

Kirk Cousins QB

The Team: I cannot believe that they will will let Cousins go. It would be incomprehensibly incompetent if Cousins plays for any other team. They need a real leader in the center of the chaos of their organization. They also need a leader for the center of their defense.

The Player: Vea is a freak of nature. "His strength was off the charts," Washington strength coach Tim Socha said. "He was one of the few guys I coached that he got to a certain point where he was strong enough, so we were able to start doing some different things with him. You don’t see guys like that every day in your career. It was great to see him grow and develop." No one with his size and strength shouldn't be as athletic and be able to move like he can. 

He had a tough time leaving Washington. "It’s definitely tough to leave this place. It’s kind of like leaving your family again when you come to college, kind of stepping into the real world. It was definitely a hard process and a hard decision," Vea said. "I spent a lot of time thinking about it. I can’t look back now, but I miss all the guys, miss all the coaching staff. Things were good when I was there. They were amazing. I wouldn’t ask for anything better. I loved everything how it was." He is a very loyal team guy.

He has a surprisingly quick burst into the OC when at the 3-Tech, on short yardage. "I'm still kind of bothered that he hasn't corrected some of the same issues he had last year," a scout said. "I think he's going to be a really good NFL player and his issues are all correctable. He just needs to do it." He can fake the stunt outside, and then redirect inside. 
When he gets a running start he can knock the OG right off his feet. When he hits the QB he is dazed for a few plays. He is just a beast on the goal line. It is amazing that teams still run at him. He dismisses OGs in the run game. Amazing versatility. This season he was even lining up as a stand up OLB like Qualls did last season. Just an absolute physical freak.   

The Reason: They have a QB that they keep humiliating him and daring him to leave. Then they traded him. Then they traded for Alex Smith is much older, and has proven he can't win in the Playoffs. I'm baffled by this Organization (if you can call it that;).

Second Choice: Courtland Sutton WR



Defense: 3-4

*Denzel Ward

CB Ohio State

5-10, 191, #12,


2017 Picks:

2 (33) Kevin King, CB Washington
2 (61) Josh Jones, DB NC State
3 Montravius Adams, DL Auburn
4 (108) Vince Biegel, OLB Wisconsin
4 (134) Jamaal Williams, RB, BYU
5-175 Deangelo Yancey WR Purdue
5 (182) Aaron Jones, RB, UTEP
6 (212) Kofi Amichia OL, S. Florida
7 (238) Devonte Mays, RB Utah ST
7 (247) Malachi Dupre, WR, LSU

Key F.A. Signed:

TE Martellus Bennett

TE Lance Hendricks

RB Christine Michael

OLB Nick Perry

CB Devon House 

Key F.A.:

Key F.A. Lost:

RB Eddie Lacy

TE Jared Cook


OLB Julius Peppers

OLB Datone Jones

The Team: They still need a Corner for their secondary. Picking up Kevin King and Josh Jones was a great start to rebuilding their secondary, but they still need some help. 

The Player: I think he is the best CB in this Draft at moving backwards with his eyes on the QB.  "He’s second-strongest guy in the [CB] room," his DB coach Coombs said. "He doesn’t look like it, but you combine that speed and that strength. He can change directions and break on the ball. He was a great receiver in high school; he’s got great ball skills. I’m just excited to see him play. He’s real now." He is a bit underdeveloped, and has only been a starter for one season.

However, he was essentially a starter for a couple of years as their Nickel Corner. "The thing he’s got to do better in press coverage is just using his hands at the line of scrimmage, getting on-body coverage and staying tight. Being able to play extended series and being able to play with the game on the line in front of 110,000 people," Coombs said. "I don’t have any doubt he’s going to be able to do that. He ran down on kickoff team in big games in big situations and made dynamic plays. He’s had a phenomenal fall camp. I have every expectation he’s going to walk out on the field and he’s going to be an impact player." Best mover in the Draft.

The Reason: They wanted to overhaul their secondary last season, and this could the final piece. 

Second Choice: Mason Rudolph QB



Defense: 3-4

*Lamar Jackson

QB, Louisville

6-3, 200, #8, 

QB, CB, OT, 5-T(FA), LB, NT, OL, OLB, OL, DB,

2016 Picks:

1 (13) Haason Reddick, ILB, Temple
2 (36) Budda Baker, FS, Washington
3 (98) Chad Williams, WR, Grambling State
4 (115) Dorian Johnson, OL, Pitt
5 (157) Will Holden, OL, Vanderbilt
5 (179) T.J. Logan, RB, UNC
6 (208) Rudy Ford, DB, Auburn

2016 Picks:

1 Robert Nkemdiche, DT Ole Miss

3 (92) Brandon Williams, CB, A&M

4 (128) Evan Boehm, C, Missouri

5 (167) Marqui Christian, S, Midwest State

5 (170) Cole Toner, OT, Harvard

6 (205) Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana

Key F.A. Signed:

RB Andre Ellington

TE Jermaine Gresham

OLB Chandler Jones

OLB Jarvis Jones

Key F.A.:


Key F.A. Lost:

DE Calais Campbell

OLB Alex Okafor

SS Tony Jefferson

CB Marcus Cooper

The Team: Sooner is better than later when taking a young QB, and start developing him behind Palmer. Getting Jackson a year or two in their system would be a great boon for a running QB like Jackson, who has to learn to trust his arm in the pocket more than his feet.  

The Player: Jackson is a great unique talent. "To me he’s like Michael Jordan. It’s the Jordan rules. Lamar is going to get his," Syracuse coach Dino Babers said. "You just have to make sure you don’t have two other running backs going for a hundred yards or a wide receiver goes for a hundred yards, because I just think that guy is so dynamic, he’s hard to stop by himself. They are not a one-man team, but you’d better try to stop everything else so you can have an opportunity to win against those guys, because Lamar is going to get his." He is the best running QB in this Draft.

I usually see that mostly as a negative. "At worst, (an NFL team says), 'Okay, if he can't get this done, if we put something in schematically that will fit him and it doesn’t work, look, this guy is a blur,'" UNC DC Chizik said. "He’s fast. He’s athletic. We’ve seen what he does to people in space making people miss. Guys look like they’re almost breaking their ankles trying to tackle this dude. There’s some place that he can play at the next level just because of his ability. But if he does become a difference maker at quarterback and, schematically they can make it fit, this guy can take a team a long way." He was the best player in college football over the past two seasons. 

But what makes him unique is what made Vick unique. "You’re a little misinformed because last year, he ran all over us, and he threw all over us," Babers said. "He got both parts in last year. And hopefully he doesn’t get both parts in this year to the degree he did last year. Because I think it was like a school record, and people were taking pictures out on the stadium and stuff after the game." While he is an elite runner with the ball in his hands, he is also a very skilled passer who can win a game with his arm. 

I think Darnold is the most clutch thrower in this Draft, but you cannot say that he is more clutch than Jackson. "For somebody to take him and draft him, they have to have a specific plan for this guy," Chizik said. "Sometimes, you have to take your offense and tweak it to really fit his skill set. I think somebody will probably be willing to do that." He can win a game with his feet and arm. 

The Reason: They need a reboot at QB. Palmer is done. And when you get endorsements like that, from opposing coaches, than you know you have something special.

Second Choice: Josh Jackson CB



Defense: 3-4

*Calvin Ridley-

WR Alabama

6-1, 190, #3


2017 Picks:

1 Marlon Humphrey CB Alabama
2 (47) Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston
3-74 Chris Wormley DL Michigan
3 (78) Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama
4 (122) Nico Siragusa, OL, San Diego State
5 Jermaine Eluemunor OG, A&M
6 Chuck Clark, DB, Virginia Tech

2016 Picks:

1 (6) Ronnie Stanley, OT, ND
2 Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise ST
3 (70) Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
4 (104) Tavon Young, CB, Temple
4 Chris Moore, WR, Cincinnati
4 (130) Alex Lewis, OT, Nebraska
4 (132) Willie Henry, DT, Michigan
4 (134) Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
5 (146) Matt Judon, DE, Grand Valley State
6  Keenan Reynolds, WR, Navy
6 Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia

Key FA Signed:

NT Brandon Williams

OLB Carlos Dansby

CB Brandon Carr 

SS Tony Jefferson

Key F.A.:

Key F.A.Lost:

WR Steve Smith

WR Kamar Aiken

ORT Ricky Wagner

OG Jeremy Zuttah

FB Kyle Juszczyk

DE Guy Lawrence

OLB Elvis Dumervil 

The Team: They have never recovered from the loss of Steve Smith. They have not even tried. They have not drafted a WR in the past two Drafts, except a QB from Navy. No wonder Flacco keeps looking worse each year. He has no one to throw to.

The PlayerRidley has the speed, and every team has the need for speed. "He's a hard guy to cover. We try to move him around a lot. It's our intention to get him the ball a lot because he's a good player," Saban said. "He's hard to cover. He's got great hands. He's a really good competitor, and plays with a lot of toughness. He can run with the ball after he catches it. It's our intention to get him the ball. Not that we don't have confidence in our other guys, but he's been very productive for us and had a great career here and also had a great season so far this year." He creates trouble for defenses all over the field in every way. 

The Reason: How can your QB help you win when you don't give him anyone to throw to. Ozzie loves his Alabama guys, and Ridley might be the most dynamic WR in this Draft. Honestly, it is hard to see this pick as anything other than Ridley's floor.

Second Choice: Orlando Brown OT

Read the books that Support this Website. As thousands of fans have already done and enjoyed.



Defense: 3-4


*Kolton Miller


6-8, 300, #7

QB, FS, SS, DT, TE, OL, RB, QB,  TE, CB, 

2017 Picks:

1 (7) Mike Williams, WR, Clemson
2 (38) Forrest Lamp OL W. Kentucky
3 (71) Dan Feeney, OL, Indiana
4 (113) Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami
5 (151) Desmond King, DB, Iowa
6 (190) Sam Tevi, OT, Utah
7 (225) Isaac Rochell, DE, Notre Dame

2016 Picks:

1 (3) Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2 (35) Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
3 (66) Max Tuerk, C, USC
4 (102) Joshua Perry, ILB, Ohio State
5 (175) Jatavis Brown, ILB, Akron
6 (179) Drew Kaser, P, Texas A&M
6 (198) Derek Watt, FB, Wisconsin
7-224 Donavon Clark OG Michigan St

Key FA. Signed:

OLT Russell Okung 

OLB Melvin Ingram  (Tag)

SS Jahleel Addae

Key FA.:


Key FA. Lost:

OT King Dunlap

OT DJ Fluker

ILB Manti Te’o

The Team: If they don't take a QB here than they have to get a blocker for Rivers. Okung was a godsend last season, but he is getting old as well. They might have to move him to the right side soon. The Chargers will be closing another chapter in their history very soon, and they have to start preparing for Rivers retirement. 

The Player: Miller is a giant powerful man. He has great power on the goal line. He can shove the DE five yards onto his butt into the Endzone. He still needs to control his feet more, and slide-slide-slide. But I love how he always move backwards with his hands up ready to jab and grab. It's funny when he gets to the second level and hits a Box Safety, to watch him fly backwards. 
He can drive block through the DT, and drive him back past the marker on short yardage. You'd like him to stay and play lower, but he is so strong that it doesn't seem to matter. He can stand and wait for the DT stunting outside, and just catch and shove him to the ground with his hands. Best blend of size, strength, and agility in the Draft. 
He will get shoved back when a rusher gets inside his long arms, and shoves him back by his neck. He can run outside with the DE, with one hand in his chest, pushing him down field to the sideline on the sweep. He has great size and agility. When he turns and seals the OLB, his hands clamp on shirt and will not let go. He is so strong it is very impressive.

The Reason: If they decide not to take the QB here than they will have to draft a blindside protection for the Aging Rivers, for what seems like the 5th year in a row. 

Chargers could take Rudolph here and let him sit on the bench behind Rivers for a year, and hope they can program the Spread-QB out of him. And if they are lucky they can afford to play Rivers for two more years, as they try to convert Jackson into a pocket passer. But knowing them they will screw it up. Worse ownership in the NFL.

Second Choice: Mason Rudolph QB

Read the books that support the Website that supplies the best Draft information from a Patriots perspective. As thousands of fans have already done and enjoyed.



Defense: 4-3

Mike McGlinchey

OLT Fighting Irish

6-7, 310, #68



2017 Picks:

2 Malik McDowell DT Michigan ST
2 (58) Ethan Pocic, OL LSU
3 (90) Shaquill Griffin DB UCF
3 (95) Delano Hill, FS Michigan
3 (102) Nazir Jones, DT UNC
3 (106) Amara Darboh WR Michigan
4-111 Tedric Thompson SS Colorado
6 (187) Mike Tyson, SS, Cincinnati
6 Justin Senior ORT Mississippi T
7 (226) David Moore WR, E. Central
7-249 Christopher Carson RB OK ST

Key F.A. Si:

RB Eddie Lacy

OG/OT Luke Joeckel

Key F.A.:


Key F.A. Lost:

Russell Okung OT 

J.R. Sweezy OG

Alvin Bailey OL

Brandon Mebane DT

Bruce Irvin LB 

The Team: I may be a day late and a dollar short, but when I think of Seattle I still think they need to help their O-line. And since this is the worst Mock Draft in the World, I don't give a crap.

The Player: McGlinchey is smooth mover moving backwards. Plus, he is elite blocking down on DTs, which is a sign to me that he can move inside to OG if needed. "He came in with very little knowledge of an offensive lineman. Even vocabulary, words of an offensive lineman, didn't resonate with him," ND HC Brian Kelly said. "He's still scratching the surface. I don't think there's much doubt he's going to be playing at another level. His athleticism, his length, his toughness, his IQ, how he carries himself. He's going to be a great pro." He has an excellent Kickslide. He still does get beat outside by speed occasionally, and will sometimes line up extra wide for a 9 or 11 tech. 

The Reason: He could be the final piece of their O-line puzzle that they have been trying to put together since the Super Bowl (Oh! Who won that Super Bowl;).

Second Choice: Derrius Guice RB



Defense: 4-3

Josh Jackson-

CB Iowa

6-1, 192, #15


2017 Picks:

1 (28) Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
2 (60) Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
3 (92) Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan
4 (133) Ryan Switzer, WR, North Carolina
6 Xavier Woods SS Louisiana Tech
6 (216) Marquez White, CB FLA ST
7 (228) Joey Ivie, DL, Florida
7 (239) Noah Brown WR Ohio State
7 (246) Jordan Carrell DL Colorado

2016 Picks:

1 (4) Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
2 (34) Jaylon Smith, ILB, Notre Dame
3 (67) Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
4 Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
4 (135) Dak Prescott, QB, Miss ST
6 (189) Anthony Brown, CB, Purdue
6-212 Kavon Frazier S, C. Michigan
6 Darius Jackson, RB, E. Michigan
6 (217) Rico Gathers, TE, Baylor

Key F.A  Signed:  

WR Terrance Williams

RB Darren McFadden

OL Jonathon Cooper

CB Nolan Carroll

Key F.A :  


Key F.A. Lost:

QB Tony Romo 

RB Lance Dunbar

OT Doug Free

OG Ron Leary

CB Brandon Carr 

SS Barry Church

FS JJ Wilcox

The Team: They will look for weapons on offense for their QB, or a leader on defense.

The Player: Jackson was the most productive Corner in the FBS with 8 INT and 18 PBU. He made an elite one-handed INT to end Ohio State's season. "His tape is going to speak for itself, especially in high-profile games," ex Iowa and NFL DB Matt Bowen said. The announcer said, "He just snatched the life out of Ohio State’s season." Which turned out to be true.

He is an elite mover, moving backwards, but his ability to play the ball in the air is what makes him special. "It’s one thing to be in position as a defensive back," Bowen said about his ball skills. "It’s another thing to make plays. If I’m a defensive backs coach in the NFL, I want tough, physical players. I want guys that tackle, guys that are aggressive with their hands, guys that will challenge wide receivers." Great height and length for a CB.

He can play Off and bump and run. "I just like the fact that he’s such a good athlete," Gil Brandt said. "He was a triple-jumper in high school. He has played both wide receiver and defensive back. I do think he has innate ability to play the position." If he reaches 31, he will be a Patriot. 

He is better prospect than Desmond King. "Desmond was a different story," Iowa DC Parker said. "He doesn’t have the same dimensions (King is shorter and slower) and skill set that maybe Josh has. But Desmond has a lot more football instinct that maybe Josh has." Elite understanding of position and what he has to do on the field. "He has all of the athletic ability," Parker said. "It takes some time when you’re in the secondary with the different coverages and schemes, zone or man, and I think that’s really helped him. The more he was involved in the game plan and seeing it, he improved every day. I think he has a lot more upside." Great quicks to stop and turn inside when the WR makes a great break inside.
He played WR in high school, and most thought he would be a WR at Iowa. "He’s always been able to jump," his high school coach Young said. "I always thought when he went, he would end up being a receiver. Because he’s got such good ball skills." He has great ball skills for a CB.
Played more and more of the side-saddle technique where he watches the B instead of the WR this season. "I was surprised when he said that," Young said. "But he really thought he could [make it to the NFL]. That makes sense. That’s what the NFL wants, guys that look like him. Long guys with the ball skills that can cover." Just does not get beat down the sideline. 
Plays mainly on the QB's right. "You've just seen him grow with his role," Ferentz said. "But you never know where it's going to go and how well a guy will play. He's really had to work hard, and he has worked hard. And that's really the key. He's had good ability, but now he's really learned how to play a little bit, and that's a good combination." Plays, Press and off with equal aplomb. 

Hawk Items: Led nation with eight interceptions . . . eight interceptions ties school single-season record (Desmond King, 2015, Lou King, 1981, Nile Kinnick, 1939) . . . had two interception returns for touchdowns (43, 52) at Wisconsin . . . only player in conference history with two scoring returns in a Big Ten game . . . two returns tied school single-game and season records . . . tied single game school record with three pass interceptions vs. Ohio State . . . also led the nation in passes defended (26), ranked second in interception return yards (168), and tied for second in touchdowns (2) . . . tied for fourth nationally in pass break-ups (18) . . . six total turnovers in consecutive games vs. Ohio State and Wisconsin, including five interceptions and one forced fumble . . . moved from defensive back to wide receiver during 2015 spring practice, before returning to defense in the fall.

The Reason: They need a CB, and really anyone to help the secondary. 

Second Choice: Calvin Ridley WR



Defense: 4-3

Da’Ron Payne

DL Alabama

6-2, 308, #94


2017 Picks:

1 (21) Jarrad Davis LB Florida
2 (53) Jalen Tabor DB Florida
3 (96) Kenny Golladay WR N. Illinois
4 Jaylen Reeves-Maybin, LB, Tenn
4 (127) Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo
5 (165) Jamal Agnew, CB, San Diego
6 Jeremiah Ledbetter, DL, Arkansas
6 (215) Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
7 Pat O’Connor, DL, E. Michigan

2016 Picks:

1 (16) Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
2 A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
3 Graham Glasgow OL Michigan
4 (111) Miles Killebrew SS, S.Utah
5 Joe Dahl, OL, Washington St
5 (169) Antwione Williams, LB, Georgia Southern
6 (191) Jake Rudock, QB, Michigan
6 (202) Anthony Zettel DL Penn ST
6 (210) Jimmy Landes, LS, Baylor
7 (236) Dwayne Washington, RB, Washington

Key F.A. Signed:

ORT Ricky Wagner


CB DJ Hayden

Key F.A.:


Key F.A. Lost:

WR Andre Roberts

OLT Riley Reiff

ORG Larry Warford

The Team: This is a whole new world for Patricia. "It is a challenge," Banner, a consultant with the Falcons at the time, said recently. "You realize though you’re hiring a coach probably for at least three or four years and you hope for 10. So you don’t get overly concerned about things that may be short-term issues." He has to sign a staff first.
He is now weeks behind putting together his staff. "What I would say is the hardest part (of waiting to hire a head coach) is technically you can’t hire a staff, you have to wait. Most [assistant coaches] are going to take the job that they got in hand, so when you’re having to wait for two or three more weeks, your wife, your kids, they’re all nervous about is this really going to come through? So I think that’s probably the biggest downside of it in terms of having to wait," Phil Savage said. "And then the time element. I mean, now you’re coalescing putting your staff together a week after the Super Bowl. Now, it helps a little bit now that the combine’s later, but you had about 10 days at that time and now you’re heading to Indianapolis and you’re working with people you’ve never worked with before (evaluating players), so it’s hard." He has an uphill climb just to reach a coaching staff.
This is going to take longer than they are expecting in Detroit. "We feel like we’re close. The right move here or the right piece there and the right mix of talent, that can be the two or three games that can change the outcome. That can be the thing that helps us take the next step. It’s absolutely critical, and I think everyone feels that way," Player Personnel guy Lance Newmark said. "You can either embrace expectations or resist them, and I feel like we’re embracing them. We want to win, and pressure comes with that. So be it." Of course, Patricia's biggest problem is going to be can he help build the Offense.
He has his QB, but now he has to find guys to help his QB. "It’s a good running back group, really at all levels of the draft," Newmark said at the Senior Bowl. "There’s some high-profile guys. There’s a second group of guys that are going to be good NFL players and there’s some guys late that are really intriguing that I think you can hit on as well, both runners and pass-game players." They have to get an RB to take some pressure off Stafford.
Getting a WR or two won't hurt either. "It’s critical. It’s a critical offseason because I think we all feel like it’s realistic that we can compete for a championship next year," Newmark said. "We feel like we’re close. The right move here or the right piece there and the right mix of talent, that can be the two or three games that can change the outcome. That can be the thing that helps us take the next step. It’s absolutely critical, and I think everyone feels that way." With a whole ne program being set up late, it seems expectations at way too high.

So Matt, you better be ready to be bashed. "You can either embrace expectations or resist them, and I feel like we’re embracing them," Newmark said. "We want to win, and pressure comes with that. So be it." They will have to start with the defense.

The Lions have been suffering in the passrush all season. They are just too dependent on the the inconsistent Ziggy Ansah. "There are only a few guys that have the kind of explosion, power, size, that he has," Caldwell said about Ziggy. "We don’t have a lot of guys on our team like that genetically built the way he’s constructed. He can create some problems." They need someone opposite him to put the defense back together again. 

The Player: Payne is a big NT/DT type player. He made a mint in the NCAA Play Offs. You can argue he was the best player in the field. He dominated the center of both lines Alabama faced, with power, smarts, aggressiveness, and hands. He played with elite hands in those two games. He is a little small, and more of a 3-Tech than a NT. Though he was playing on the Nose a lit in those game.

If the Pats lose a few DLs (like Branch and Guy), he could be an option at 32. But with Valentine coming back, and the emergence of Adam Butler and Ricky Jean-Francois, I just don’t think they will spend their top Draft equity a D-tackle. 
He is the Center of Alabama's defense. When he gets a great blast off, he is past the OC and panicking the QB in a flash. Nice aware player that jumped on the QB fumble against Auburn before anyone else knew what happened. 

When he sees it on short yardage he stops the RB instantly, and suddenly they both are moving backwards. He can defeat the double team at the point as well as anyone in this Draft. He can work his way outside, past the OL, and stop the QB from taking off. He plays great with his hands moving and his eye up. Very aware player who got an INT in the Champ game after the QB got hit and the ball popped up. He lined up at FB on the goal line, and they ran play action, and threw it too him for the TD. Funniest play of the week.

He is a one year wonder, who didn't do much before this season.

The Reason: They have to get a passrusher to put opposite Ansah. But the three Clemson DLs leaving the Draft just killed Patricia. He would have gladly taken any one of the three. So it looks like a DL or RB here.

Second Choice: Derrius Guice RB



Defense: 4-3

*Courtland Sutton


6-4, 215, #16

WR, QB. LB, OG, DL, DB, WR, KR, CB, 

2017 Picks:

1 (27) Tre’Davious White CB LSU
2 (37) Zay Jones WR East Carolina
2 (63) Dion Dawkins, ORT, Temple
5 (163) Matt Milano, LB, BC
5 (171) Nathan Peterman, QB, Pitt
6 (195) Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise ST

2016 Picks:

1 (19) Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
2 (41) Reggie Ragland LB, Alabama
3 (80) Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
4 (139) Cardale Jones QB, Ohio SE
5 Jonathan Williams RB, Arkansas
6 (192) Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
6 (218) Kevon Seymour, CB, USC

Key F.A. Signed:

QB Tyrod Taylor

FB Mike Tolbert 

OL Jordan Mills

OLB Lorenzo Alexander

Micah Hyde FS

Jordan Poyer FS

Key F.A.:

Key F. A, Lost:

WR Robert Woods

CB Stephon Gilmore

SS Aaron Williams

The Team: They decided to trade away all their good WRs for some reason.

The Player: Sutton has Demaryius Thomas like athleticism. "He doesn’t run any routes and he’s not polished," an exec said. "He makes plays but he looks lost in zone coverage. There just aren’t many big guys that move the way he moves. He’s a great kid, a little naïve, a real small-town type. If he can drop a little weight and learn to get through his mistakes, there’s something there." He also has great hands. 

He will also need to learn to run a real route tree like Thomas had to do coming out of Georgia Tech. "A lot of people look at me and think that I’m just a big receiver. They assume that I’ll be slow and that I’ll lack the ability to be shifty," Sutton said. "I’m surrounded by a lot of elusive receivers here at SMU. A lot of the guys in my position room are these short, shifty guys. I sit there and learn from how they make people miss. I try to incorporate those things into my game." He will be a Combine Wonder, and get over drafted.
There are not a lot of guys with his size, speed, and hands. "He's better than your boy Alshon was in college," another scout said. "Cleaner as a prospect, too." But he will take a while to develop.

His system didn't help in regards to the NFL. "[Sutton is] a big, physical kid with good fluidity, body control and hands," a scout said. "His top-end speed is the question, but he has a chance to be a No. 1 wide receiver." But once NFL coaches see his athleticism at the Combine?
They are going to freak out. "He's a lot more like [Laquon] Treadwell than a Mike Evans in terms of speed and how he separates," one scout said. "But he's also playing in an offense that's great for projecting receivers." But he is still more athlete than NFL WR.

The Reason: I find it is hard to play QB when you don't have anyone to throw to.

Second Choice: Billy Price OL