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New England Patriots Mock Draft 2014

Dominique Easley would be a boom-or-bust first round pick (Kim Klement, USA Today Sports)

Here are my predictions for each of the Patriots eight picks this weekend. As a reminder, no projected trades will be considered. The following is a mock assuming the Patriots don’t trade any of their picks (they will).

The Picks

Round 1 (#29): Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

Easley is a boom-or-bust three-technique tackle from Florida. He suffered a torn-ACL last season, but without the medical issues it’s likely he would be talked about as a top 15 pick. Easley has the potential to become a dominant inside pass-rusher, which is something the Patriots sorely need.

Round 2 (#62): Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

The Patriots will be hoping that Richburg is around when they pick at #62. Richburg will bring versatility similar to Dan Connolly, but has the potential to be a much better player. He could be expected to start Week 1.

Round 3 (#93): C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

Fiedorowicz is an old-school tight end who could be a Patriot for a long time. He’ll be able to fill in for Gronkowski to start the season if needed. Once Gronkowski is back, the two will form an imposing pair along the line-of-scrimmage.

Round 4 (#130): Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

With Ryan Mallett likely gone after this season, the Patriots will be looking to develop another quarterback this season. Murray would be a steal in the fourth round, and could become a solid pro in time.

Round 4 (#140): Storm Johnson, RB, UCF

Johnson could replace the big-play ability left behind by LeGarrette Blount. With no running backs under contract after this season, we’ll likely see the Patriots look to draft at least one this weekend.

Round 6 (#198): Dion Bailey, S, USC

Bailey projects as a strong safety in the NFL. The Patriots could use Bailey on special teams this season and look to develop him on defense long-term.

Round 6 (#206): Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

Abbrederis is a prototypical Patriot. He can play both inside and outside, and is an exceptional route runner. He doesn’t have much big-play ability, but he is a tremendous zone-buster who would fit perfectly in the Patriots offense.

Round 7 (#244): Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford

A big, 6’4″ 275 lb defensive end out of Stanford, Gardner is a good Patriot fit. He was a Cardinal team captain, and has an incredible motor. I think Gardner would be a teal in the 7th.

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One comment for “New England Patriots Mock Draft 2014”

  1. Impressive job nailing the Patriots’ first pick.

    Posted by Alan | May 9, 2014, 12:22 am

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