After presumably crushing the hopes and dreams of every Texans fan he knows, as required by New England Patriot bylaws, MaloneyPony divulges the identity of the Patriots' first round pick in the 2013 BRB Mock Draft.
To make this pick, I put on my best grey hoodie. All of a sudden I miraculously knew every play in Gary Kubiak’s offensive playbook…but then again, who doesn’t?
The Patriots' draft track record isn’t as illustrious as one might believe. This has led to a lack of depth at wide receiver, corner, and defensive line. With this in mind, I have a general idea of who to target.
Datone Jones would’ve been a surefire pick if he were available, but he went to the boys in Battle Red two picks before this. Margus Hunt would be a nice follow up pick, but he is raw and would require some seasoning. This eliminates him from consideration based on the fact that the Patriots' Super Bowl window may be fast closing, depending on how long Tom Brady sticks around. The four first round receivers--Patterson, Hopkins, Austin and Allen--are already off the board; therefore.\, the Patriots will wait until the second or third round to add a receiver.
Alfonzo Dennard and Ras-I Dowling were selected in the last two drafts, and Aqib Talib is sticking around for another year. Despite having some talent, Dennard and Dowling haven’t necessarily panned out as planned. For this reason, with the 29th pick of the 2013 BRB Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select D.J. Hayden (CB--Houston). The fast-rising corner from the university bearing Houston’s name heads north to play for New England.
Hayden is a fascinating study to me. The guy nearly died on the practice field back in November, and now he's Mike Mayock's top-rated corner in the 2013 NFL Draft. Unbelievable story.
The Atlanta Falcons and Rivers are now on the clock. Or they would be, if he hadn't already sent in his pick. We normally adjourn the draft for the weekend, but given that we're so close to the end and the real draft starts on Thursday, I could be persuaded to publish a pick or two over the weekend if that's what the masses would prefer. Let me know if that's something you'd be interested in, as well as your reaction to the Patriots' pick.
1. Kansas City Chiefs--Luke Joeckel (OT--Texas A&M)
2. Jacksonville Jaguars--Eric Fisher (OT--Central Michigan)
3. Oakland Raiders--Sharrif Floyd (DT--Florida)
4. Philadelphia Eagles--Dee Milliner (CB--Alabama)
5. Detroit Lions--Jarvis Jones (LB--Georgia)
6. Cleveland Browns--Keenan Allen (WR--Cal)
7. Arizona Cardinals--Chance Warmack (OG--Alabama)
8. Buffalo Bills--Geno Smith (QB--West Virginia)
9. New York Jets--Dion Jordan (DE/OLB--Oregon)
10. Tennessee Titans--Ezekial Ansah (DE--BYU)
11. San Diego Chargers--Lane Johnson (OT--Oklahoma)
12. Miami Dolphins--Barkevious Mingo (DE/OLB--LSU)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers--Tavon Austin (WR--West Virginia)
14. Carolina Panthers--Star Lotulelei (DT--Utah)
15. New Orleans Saints--Sheldon Richardson (DT--Missouri)
16. St. Louis Rams--DeAndre Hopkins (WR--Clemson)
17. Pittsburgh Steelers--Cordarrelle Patterson (WR--Tennessee)
18. Dallas Cowboys--Jonathan Cooper (G--North Carolina)
19. New York Giants--Bjoern Wagner (DE--Florida State)
20. Chicago Bears--Tyler Eifert (TE--Notre Dame)
21. Cincinnati Bengals--Kenny Vaccaro (S--Texas)
22. St. Louis Rams--Jonathan Cyprien (S--Florida International)
23. Minnesota Vikings--Arthur Brown (ILB--Kansas State)
24. Indianapolis Colts--Xavier Rhodes (CB--Florida State)
25. Minnesota Vikings--Jesse Williams (DT--Alabama)
26. Green Bay Packers--Tank Carradine (DE--Florida State)
27. Houston Texans--Datone Jones (DE--UCLA)
28. Denver Broncos--Desmond Trufant (CB--Washington State)
29. New England Patriots--D.J. Hayden (CB--Houston)