The Patriots haven’t been connected with any of the following players, but since they always force us to hedge our bets, here’s a five-pack of second and third round defensive prospects.
Justin Durant, ILB, Hampton
Senior, 6’0, 230, 4.51
Ranked 54th overall on BSMW Mock Board (as of 4/7)
Athletic, speedy, productive 1-AA linebacker that might need to get stronger in order to be a full-time player. The profiles aren’t sure if he’s an inside or an outside player. The mocks see him coming off the board in the middle of the second round.
Aaron Rouse, SS, Virginia Tech
Senior, 6’4, 223, 4.58, Stats
Ranked 56th overall on BSMW Mock Board (as of 4/7)
Good size, speed, competitiveness and potential, but is said to have been inconsistent mentally and physically. Hasn’t put it together consistently. The mocks see him as a second rounder but that could be too early to select a player that could be hit or miss, according to the profiles.
Ikaika Alama-Francis, DE, Hawaii
Senior, 6’5, 280, 4.73, Stats
Ranked 72nd overall on BSMW Mock Board (as of 4/7)
Tremendous athlete with all kinds of upside, but raw, inexperienced (came to Hawaii as a basketball player) and not all that productive. The mocks see him coming off the board at the end of the second round, but mostly because of his potential.
Marcus Thomas, DT, Florida
Senior, 6’2, 314, 4.96, Stats
Ranked 76th overall on BSMW Mock Board (as of 4/7)
Ol’ Marcus likes the sticky-icky, so much so that it got him booted off the squad in Florida. Twice. Nothing wrong with that, if he plans on sitting on his couch on Sundays. The profiles say he can be physical, dominant player in the trenches when he’s not getting baked.
Tim Shaw, OLB, Penn State
Senior, 6’1, 236, 4.51, Stats
Ranked 80th overall on BSMW Mock Board (as of 4/7)
High intensity, high motor guy with some speed and range. He’s played out of position (defensive end) for awhile and might not have a true spot, and he isn’t seen as very physical or disciplined. Could be a special teams ace. The mocks see him as a third round player.