November 17, 2012; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Dominique Easley (2) against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Jacksonville State Gamecocks 23-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Miller NFL Mock Draft: Dominique Easley To The Patriots

Nov 23, 2013; College Park, MD, USA; Boston College Eagles running back Andre Williams (44) runs with the ball for a touchdown during the second half od the game against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Boston College Eagles defeated Maryland Terrapins 29-26. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller released a seven round mock draft. In what has become a popular pick for the Patriots, Miller goes with defensive tackle Dominique Easley for New England.

I like Easley’s game, although his troubles with his knees is definitely a bit scary. However when healthy, he proved that he could be a great defensive lineman, and he would really help stabilize a Pats front that is still trying to recover from an injury plagued 2013 season.

Here are the rest of Miller’s picks for the Patriots:

Round Two: TE Troy Niklas

Round Three: WR Brandon Coleman

Round Four: OG Cyril Richardson

Round Four: RB Andre Williams

Round Six: QB Keith Wenning

Round Six: DE Taylor Hart

Round Seven: SS Isaiah Lewis

Of these picks, I like the Niklas selection the most. Adding a talented tight end in this draft should be a priority for the Pats, and even though Miller doesn’t go with one in the first round, he makes sure New England gets a solid player in round two. Niklas should be able to develop into a quality player to be paired with Rob Gronkowski.

Andre Williams is a surprise, not because he is a running back, but because of the type of back he is. The Pats usually like to go after tailbacks that know how to catch the ball, and work well within an offense that passes a lot. Williams definitely does not fit that mold. He was a beast in college, but solely based on power running. I don’t know if that would work out in Foxboro.

Overall, I think this would be solid haul for the Pats. Only a few more days until all the mock drafts are done, and then the real fun begins.

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