Now this was an interesting, final-day 2013 NFL Mock Draft for the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The New England Patriots used their two second-round selections on USC Trojans wide receiver Robert Woods and Purdue Boilermakers defensive tackle Kawann Short, and now the NFL Mocks crew have the Patriots taking Baylor Bears wide receiver Terrance Williams with the 83rd pick and LSU Tigers pass rusher Sam Montgomery with the 91st pick.
Williams has some upside and looks like a terrific vertical threat with his speed, but the issue with Williams is the fact that he isn’t much good at anything other than being fast and stretching the field vertically. Williams’s route-tree is pretty limited, and he is a very inconsistent pass-catcher. He isn’t a terrible pick for the Pats in the late third-round, but I would have preferred a different big-play receiver there in Marshall’s Aaron Dobson. Musket Fire readers often ask me about Dobson, and I want the Patriots to draft this guy in the third round; I view him as a superior prospect to Williams. Dobson can make his fair share of plays.
The other pick made by the Patriots in the third round of this mock is the selection of LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery to boost the pass rush. The Patriots took two wideouts and addressed the interior of the defensive line in the second, so now NFL Mocks believes the Patriots will look to help out the outside pass rush and get a guy in Montgomery who could get some time filling in for Rob Ninkovich at left end.
Montgomery is a quality pick in the late third round, because he’s below his market value and has some upside that could be worked with for the Patriots. The Pats could use his raw ability to get after the passer, and I don’t mind this pick at all. The one thing that I can’t seem to get over about this mock draft is the fact that the Patriots were never able to address the cornerback position. Should they have taken Blidi Wreh-Wilson (ended up at 77 to the Miami Dolphins, who took both Connecticut Huskies CBs) instead of Kawann Short in the late second? Sound off in the comments section.
By the way, I would have rather had Stedman Bailey over Williams, and I’m torn between Bailey and Dobson. Any thoughts on which of those two receivers is the better prospect?
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