CBS Sports’ Pat Kirwan released a mock draft a few days ago, and he has the Patriots taking Dee Ford, a pass rusher coming out of Auburn.
The Patriots could take a tight end like Jace Amaro, which would help the inside passing game but Ford has hybrid pass rush skills and they need more help in this area.
I personally would prefer to see the Pats go after a tight end, but I agree with Kirwan’s assessment of New England’s need for another edge rusher. Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich are terrific starters, but the lack of another pass rusher really hurt the Patriots in 2013. They need someone that can not only spell Jones and Ninkovich (those two played 95% of the defensive snaps last year), but put pressure on the quarterback at the same time.
Ford isn’t a perfect prospect, but he has shown that he can get after the opposing signal caller. Adding someone with Ford’s potential could really help get Bill Belichick’s front seven to an elite level.