NFL.com analyst Pat Kirwan’s latest mock draft tries to do the impossible and predict draft day trades. If you’re talking draft day trades, you have to mention the New England Patriots, and they play a prominent role in the goings on of Kirwan’s mock draft. The Pats make two big trades between the first and second rounds, doing some sliding back and picking up additional draft picks for next year. However, they also end up with four quality players out of the first and second rounds.
Here is the breakdown:
- The Patriots select OT Anthony Castonzo from Boston College with their 17th overall pick.
- The Patriots trade their 28th overall pick to Bengals, who draft Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett. The Patriots get the Bengals’ 2011 second-round pick, 35th overall, and their 2012 second-round pick.
- The Patriots trade the first pick of the second round, 33rd overall, to the Redskins, who select Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick. The Pats pick up the Redskins’ second-round pick, 41st overall, and their 2012 third-round pick.
- With the 35th overall pick, the Pats select DT Muhammad Wilkerson from Temple.
- With the 41st overall pick, the Pats select G Danny Watkins from Baylor.
- With the 60th overall pick, the Patriots select Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams.
There’s not a ton to be upset about with this scenario, but Kirwan neglects to address the Patriots’ biggest need: an impact pass rusher. In the first round, UCLA’s Akeem Ayers is available at 17th overall and in the second round, Pitt’s Jabaal Sheard, and Arizona’s Brooks Reed are all available at points when the Patriots made selections. Sheard was available at 35 and 41 and Reed was not selected until the last pick of the second round. I don’t think the Pats will wait until the third round or later to look for a pass rusher. Other than that, I think Kirwan did as good a job as one can do trying to predict the Patriots’ propensity for draft day deals.