New England Patriots 7 Round Mock Draft 2.0

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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Stanford Cardinal offensive lineman David Yankey goes through drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Round Two, Pick 62: David Yankey (G, Stanford)

I have had many a person talk to me about how they feel offensive line is the one of the biggest, if not THE biggest need in the draft. While I don’t particularly agree, I feel that if the value is there, and players like Niklas, Seferian-Jenkins and Crichton are off the board, they could definitely go with a player like David Yankey. Yankey is a big, mauler type of offensive guard, going nearly 6’6 and 315 pounds, who’s a fantastic run blocker, and above average pass blocker as well. He can handle multiple positions, as evident by playing and starting 13 games in 2011 at left guard, then starting 14 games at left tackle in 2012. Injury concerns could come into play considering he already tore his ACL in 2010. Yankey could be great value, and could help the Patriots make a decision on Dan Connolly, either making him a cut, or having him take a pay cut, and compete with Ryan Wendell for the center position in training camp and preseason. So there you go guys, I got an interior offensive lineman for the Patriots. Happy now?

Other Options: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE Troy Niklas, DT Timmy Jernigan