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.