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Patriots 2011 Draft Report: Mock Draft

Ingram, Jenkins could join the Patriots come April.

Heading into January, the Patriots are poised to make a deep run into the playoffs. However, with the end of the season on the horizon, the NFL Draft is beginning to come into conversation. One of the more pressing issues as of right now is the current CBA agreement. If a deal is not made, the 2011 players drafted will not receive a salary for the season. This may make some underclassmen reconsider whether or not to declare for the draft.

One player that is monitoring the situation is Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green. Seth Emerson, of macon.com, spoke with Green about his potential decision.

“That’s really gonna play a big part in my decision,” Green said. “Because if they’re talking about a lockout, there’s really no point in me leaving.”

For the time being, everything stands like it has in the past. With that said, let’s look at who we have the Patriots selecting in April.

Round 1 (15) via Oakland: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

Thus far in the 2010 season, the Patriots have had success with the running back duo of BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead. However, moving forward, the Patriots are going to need a back that can carry the ball 18-24 times a game.

Round 1 (32): Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida

Devin McCourtey looks like the real deal and Leigh Bodden will be back after spending 2010 on IR. But, outside of those two, the depth at the cornerback position is slim. Kyle Arrington has exceeded expectations, but you don’t want to have to rely on him week in and week out. Jonathan Wilhite and Darius Butler haven’t fit the bill and look replaceable.

Round 2 (1) via Carolina: Cameron Jordan, DE, California

Ty Warren has had a hard time staying healthy over the last few years and the ceiling for Mike Wright isn’t too high. The Patriots need some young speed off the edge. Adding a pass rusher like Cameron Jordan allows Jermaine Cunningham and Tully Banta-Cain to generate pressure from the outside linebacker positions.

Round 2 (32): Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami

After losing Randy Moss, the Patriots haven’t had that “big” down field wide receiver. While Deion Branch and Wes Welker are great possession receivers, Leonard Hankerson and his 6’3” 205 pound frame is the guy the Patriots need. With poor quarterback play at Miami, Hankerson still had more than 10 touchdown receptions and 1,000 plus receiving yards. Still, the Patriots might like what they see with 2010 third round pick Taylor Price, who has yet to play in a game this season.

Round 3 (10) via Minnesota: Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida

Matt Light isn’t getting any younger. With Sebastian Vollmer manning the right side of the line, the Patriots will look to ensure the left side. Although underrated, Gilbert has had a stellar career at Florida and we all know how Bill Belichick loves Urban Meyer’s Florida players.

Round 3 (32): Kristofer O’Dowd, C, USC

Behind Dan Koppen there really isn’t a efficient center. O’Dowd may be the top ranked center in the 2010 NFL Draft class.

Round 4 (32): Pat Delvin, QB, Delaware

Pat Delvin has a big-time arm and is a good developmental prospect that can sit behind and wait 3-4 years.

Round 5 (32): Quinton Carter, FS, Oklahoma

Quinton Carter possesses great size with a hard-hitting nature. Off the field, Carter is often seen giving back to the community. He’s a great guy and good football player.

Round 6 (30) via New Orleans: Cliff Matthews, OLB, South Carolina

One time considered a first round pick, Matthews fell off this season. Still, because of his “vitals” he should get a look by a team late. The Patriots are always looking to upgrade their defense, and when playing up to his ability Matthews is a steal at this point.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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Discussion

3 comments for “Patriots 2011 Draft Report: Mock Draft”

  1. Look at who we have the Patriots selecting is really good ,i want to round 3(32) with Kristofer i like it.

    Posted by maanjony | December 22, 2010, 11:52 am
  2. What are you drinking? The Pats are not taking a running back with their first rd pick and they are not taking a QB with their fourth rd pick…If they even draft a RB at all it will be in the fourth rd or later…….Thier first pick will be either a CB, DE or OLB depending on who is available…..

    Posted by larry | January 7, 2011, 5:53 pm
  3. Do you really feel comfortable with BJE being the No. 1 back again next year? Sure, he’s had a good season but the Pats need a back who can take 18-20 carries a game with Woodhead fitting nicely in Kevin Faulk’s role.

    Brady won’t last forever and are we that set with Hoyer as the No. 2? Belichck and Co. are not shy in picking developmental QBs. In 2008 remember when he picked Kevin O’Connell in the third round?

    You think OLB is a first round need? Personally I think we’re in good shape with Ninkovich, Banta-Cain and 2010 rookie Jermaine Cunningham.

    Posted by Matthew Marcantonio | January 9, 2011, 11:14 am

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