Todd McShay and Mel Kiper, two of the most prominent drafter analyzers in the country, have each released a new mock draft for the upcoming NFL Draft in April (McShay’s can be read here, Kiper’s can be read here).
McShay has the Patriots taking Stephon Tuitt, a defensive end out of Notre Dame. I honestly don’t know much about Tuitt, but based on how McShay raved about him, he could be solid fit in New England. One issue I do have with this potential selection, is the Pats’ depth at defensive end. It is one of the few positions where they have good talent, as Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich had a good 2013 campaign on the edge.
Kiper goes in a different direction, as he has the Pats taking Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro. As a huge fan of the Texas Longhorns, I watched quite a bit of Amaro this past year, and I would love to see him land in Foxboro. Not only is he a good backup to Rob Gronkowski, but his skill set gets him a mismatch wherever he is on the field, much like Gronkowski does when he is healthy. Tom Brady needs some new targets, and grabbing another tight end to dominate the middle of the field would be a wise idea for Bill Belichick and company.