BSMW Draft Week Coverage
Sunday, April 22nd – Second Day Offensive Prospects
Monday, April 23rd – Second Day Defensive Prospects
Tuesday, April 24th – Ultimate Draft Profiles Database
Wednesday, April 25th – Final Rumor Inventory
Thursday, April 26th – Final Mock Board
Friday April 27th – Roundtable
Saturday April 28th & Sunday April 29th – Draft Blog
Well, since the end of February, we’ve touched on about sixty first day prospects in a ridiculously futile quest to anticipate what the Patriots may do with Picks 24, 28 and 91 (or perhaps something in between) in this year’s NFL draft. And for what, we don’t know. But still, we can’t help feeling like we’ve forgotten something important, like we left the oven on or something. Plus, the Pats have eight second day picks in this draft (we’ll see if they keep them all), and those may end up having the most value of all. So let’s throw the net out one more time and see what comes back.
Craig Davis, WR, LSU – It’s unlikely that Davis lasts until day two, as he’s universally considered one of the top ten receivers in the draft. The Pats apparently have not contacted him this spring, but he’s a receiver with upside due to size and speed. He’s not as polished as the profiles would like, but they say he’s a solid character guy who will work to improve. He will likely come off the board somewhere in the second round. NFL Draft Scout, NFL Draft Countdown, ESPN Insider Scouts, Inc.
Lorenzo Booker, RB, Florida State – The profiles say Booker has a real chance as an impact third down back and return specialist. Speed and elusiveness give him big-play ability. Only concern seems to be size leading to potential durability problems. Sounds like a Faulk-type with a little more pop, maybe? A 3rd rounder, according to the mocks. The Pats worked him out in March. NFL Draft Scout, NFL Draft Countdown, ESPN Insider Scouts, Inc.
Ben Patrick, TE, Delaware – The Pats invited Patrick to Foxboro as one of their pre-draft visitors. The profiles think he has the skills and athleticism to develop into a NFL starter. Great size, versatile, could be TE, H-back or FB. Has really come on as a blocker, but the concern is lack of burst and whether he may have bulked up too much. Hard worker who picks things up quickly. He’s a solid first day player that could come off the board as early as the second round. NFL Draft Scout, NFL Draft Countdown, ESPN Insider Scouts, Inc.
Jacoby Jones, WR, Lane – The Pats looked at Jones at his pro day and at a private workout. Small school guy with great size and speed. A superior athlete dominating D2, but he’s a raw football player. He’s got the ability, the profiles say, but its going to take him time to develop. Hot prospect that could even get into the second round. NFL Draft Scout, NFL Draft Countdown, ESPN Insider Scouts, Inc.
Daniel Sepulveda, P, Baylor – The Pats worked the two-time Ray Guy Award winner out in March. Lefty with a big leg and some touch, the best punter availablke. With just a comebacking Josh Miller and a handful of unknowns on their roster, I’d like to see the Pats try to replicate last year’s success (Stephen Gostkowski) with one of those eight second-day picks. NFL Draft Scout, NFL Draft Countdown, ESPN Insider Scouts, Inc.
Isaiah Stanback, QB, Washington – The Pats have contacted other quarterbacks like Kevin Kolb and Jordan Palmer, but they invited Stanback to Foxboro. The profiles describe a terrific athlete that may hook on as a generalist, like Brad Smith did for the Jets. As a quarterback, sounds like a mobile type that can wing it. Doesn’t have great dunamentals and can be wild. But the profiles think his athleticism could make him a multi-purpose threat, returning kicks and lining up as a receiver. NFL Draft Scout, NFL Draft Countdown, ESPN Insider Scouts, Inc.
Joe Newton, TE, Oregon State – The Pats hooked up with Newton at the Combine, then followed up with pro day and a visit to Foxboro. Great size, very tall. The profiles seem to see him as a receiving tight end with good feel for getting open and catching the ball. A passable blocker but not as physical as size suggests. Sounds like a mid-second day prospect. NFL Draft Scout, NFL Draft Countdown, ESPN Insider Scouts, Inc.
Rob Turner, G, New Mexico – Not particularly gifted but a tough guy battler. Plays above his abilities. The profiles worry this will be much harder for him to do at the next level. Great makeup and passion, though, and durability – he started 49 straight games. Sixth or seventh round pick, by the looks of it. The Pats had him to Foxboro this month. NFL Draft Countdown