The Draft begins Thursday at 8 ET (USATSI)

The day is nearly upon us. After months of waiting, the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday at 8 ET. Here you’ll find a mock of the first round of the draft. Thursday we’ll have projections for each of the Patriots’ draft choices. Although there’s probably a 90% chance we’ll see the Patriots trade out of some of their picks, we’ll be mocking the draft without any projected trades. So, without further ado, here are the picks…

First Round

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Although there’s still a chance the Texans trade the pick, Clowney seems like the obvious choice. I’m not buying any of the hype that GM Rick Smith may select to choose Buffalo LB Khalil Mack. Continue reading 2014 NFL Mock Draft: First Round »

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With the NFL draft only a few days away, the Patriots will be looking for additions for both sides of the ball. Bill Belicheck and the Patriots have a knack of trading down and looking for talent later in the draft. This is where WR T.J. Jones from Notre Dame comes in. I know what you are saying. Why would the Patriots need another wide-out with all the recent free agents they already signed?

The Good

In his senior year of college, Jones set career-highs in all significant categories with 70 receptions, 1,108 receiving yards, and 9 touchdowns. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: T.J. Jones »

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Alabama QB AJ McCarron (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

While it’s no secret the Patriots have interest in drafting a quarterback during next week’s draft, the question is who will they target? One intriguing name is Alabama QB AJ McCarron. McCarron is a proven winner, having netted three national titles (two as a starter) while at Alabama. Naturally, wild Tom Brady comparisons have arisen during the pre-draft process. Heck, AJ even compared himself to TB12 during recent interviews. Although certainly a natural winner, questions remain about his potential in an NFL offense.

Does He Have NFL Ability?

One “knock” on McCarron is that he is considered to be a game-manager. While at Alabama, especially during his sophomore and junior seasons, he was never truly asked to lead the offense. The talent on the Crimson Tide offense was usually enough to overwhelm any opponent, and therefore McCarron’s abilities were never truly tested. McCarron gets rattled by pass rushers, lacks elite arm strength, and struggles to throw into tight windows. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: AJ McCarron »

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Bishop Sankey is considered one of the top backs in the 2014 draft, seattletimes.com

With the 2014 NFL Draft a little over a week away fans are frothing at the mouth to finally see Roger Goodell at the podium in Radio City Music Hall. Since the draft has been pushed back from its original air date pundits such as us here at SportsofBoston have had more time to evaluate possible draft picks for the Patriots.

Today’s potential pick is not an overwhelming need for the team but one that is likely to be addressed in the later rounds, running back. The back we’ll be looking at today is University of Washington standout Bishop Sankey.

Sankey was solid during his college career and compiled an impressive resume’ over the course of 3 seasons. He totaled 3496 rushing yards, 37 rushing touchdowns, 67 receptions for 567 yards and one touchdown. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Bishop Sankey »

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Note Dame DT Louis Nix (Cal Sports Media/AP Images)

With the 2014 NFL Draft fast approaching, teams are finalizing their draft boards. Defensive tackle is an obvious need for the New England Patriots, and one name to keep an eye on is Notre Dame’s Louis Nix. Nix is an incredibly powerful player who has a body similar to a younger Vince Wilfork. He has the making of a natural heir to Wilfork at the nose, and he would be a perfect fit for the Patriots who look like they are simply going to draft the best player available.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Nix, who measured at 6’2″ 331 lbs at the combine, is very quick for a man his size. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Louis Nix »

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Minnesota DL Ra'Shede Hageman (Jesse Johnson, USA Today Sports)

Many Patriots fans and pundits, including yours truly, believe that the Patriots should look to address the defensive line in the first round. The days of the Seymour, Wilfork, Warren trio seem like centuries ago, and the team could use some improved physicality and athleticism upfront. The Patriots defense is constantly adapting, having gone from a 3-4 in years past to what is now primarily a 4-3, or even 4-2-5 base defense. Because of this, Belichick and the front office may be looking for different skill sets on the defensive line than in years past.

Minnesota DL Ra’Shede Hageman would appear to be an interesting prospect for the Patriots. Some scouts say that he has the potential to be a Richard Seymour-type player, but his game film shows constant inconsistency. Hageman is a tremendous athlete, and measured in at 6’6″ 310 lbs at the combine in Indianapolis. He figures to be a perfect fit as a 3-4 defensive end, but the question is how would he fit into a New England defense that is now primarily an even-front? Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: Ra’Shede Hageman »

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Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz (Andrew Weber, USA Today Sports)

Continuing with the theme of profiling potential Patriot tight end targets, we shift our focus to Iowa’s C.J. Fiedorowicz. Like Notre Dame’s Troy Niklas, Fiedorowicz has the make-up of a more traditional tight end. As a skilled blocker who excels on the line, Fiedorowicz isn’t a guy who is ever going to catch 80 passes or 12 touchdowns in a given season.

However, he has the potential to be a longtime NFL player who can do a lot of good things for an offense like the Patriots who are seeking a tight end to be a supporting piece to an already potent attack. Fiedorowicz is likely to go in the third round, but a team (like the Patriots) might be enticed to select him in round two. If you’re a fan (like me) who would prefer that the Patriots address other needs in the first round, like defensive line or safety, then Fiedorowicz might be a prospect to keep an eye on. Continue reading 2014 NFL Draft Profile: C.J. Fiedorowicz »

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