The New England Patriots will likely be looking at a cornerback in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, and wide receiver is the other priority for the Pats heading into this year’s draft. I like to take a look at the weekly 2013 NFL Mock Draft published on the FanSided.com main page and briefly analyze the selection made by our friends on the main page.
This week, Josh Hill had the New England Patriots taking Desmond Trufant of the Washington Huskies, and that would be a great pick there. Trufant quelled speed concerns with a great 2013 NFL Combine, and he has been rising on draft boards for the past month. That’s why I highly doubt Trufant will be available at pick #29, but I do think that some people have him going too high.
The Patriots could definitely take a cornerback, and I sure as heck wouldn’t mind picking Trufant there. However, the most likely corner the Pats will take there is Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks, who has reportedly drawn interest from the Patriots. Banks is another bigger corner, but he has significant speed concerns despite getting burned less in college. I actually think Trufant and Banks are about even, but I know that Trufant will be selected higher.
The three prospects selected behind the Patriots in the first round of this mock draft were Sam Montgomery, Sylvester Williams, and Alec Ogeltree. Of those three, Williams is the best fit since the Pats need an interior pass rusher, but he probably won’t be selected in the first round. We’ll see about that, but I do actually like Williams more than Purdue’s Kawann Short, who was picked by the Denver Broncos one spot before the Pats. If this team does somehow end up with a chance to pick Trufant, I would be fine with the pick.
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