Patriots 7-Round Mock with Trades
This was a lot of fun. I draft for only the Patriots, some situations came up where guys were on the board that other teams have a strong need for these positions. My objective: OL, WR, and CB help. I've said it before, you need to protect, stay on the field on 3rd down on offense and have the ability to cover against these strong passing games in the conference.
I'm sitting at #14 and a need falls to a team behind me. The team is Tampa Bay, they offer #19 and #50 overall for picks #14 and #107. I gladly accept. The OT and CB I'm interested in at the point are gone.
I'm sitting at #19 and a top-tier WR is on the board. Brian Daboll and the Giants call to move up. They need a #1 guy. Offer #25 and #57 for #19 and #135. Absolutely.
I'm at #25 and an OT from Georgia is available. I start getting some flashbacks, is he even really an OT. He may have some versatility but Cincinnati needs help along the front. Trade is #25 and #76 for #28 and #60.
With the 28th pick, The New England Patriots select Zay Flowers (WR) at Boston College
This is an explosive athlete with the ability to line up all over the Offense. His YAC with the ball in his hand is something desperately needed. His ability to set up defenders and ball adjustment is great. Trading out of #25 was tough but the Giants went with a bigger body.
Pick # 50 is up. I've got some good intel on a player from our new offensive coach Adrian Klemm. He tells me that Noah Sewell is tough like his brother, was a team leader, and really made things tough in practice.
With the #50 pick, the New England Patriots select Noah Sewell (LB) Oregon
Pick # 60 is up. Bill O'Brien was brought in to get this offense moving. We've let some WR walk in free agency along with some tough cuts. At the Shrine Bowl, the team wanted to work with "scat backs" and more explosion. In 2013, the team was in this spot and drafted heavily at WR. The 10-year anniversary is better.
With the 60th pick, The New England Patriots select Rashee Rice (WR) SMU. Shocker, yes. We've built up some good picks to fill our other needs with guys we have a high grade on. Just watch Rice put his foot in the ground once and turn a defender. The team has two young, explosive players that can play inside and outside.
#82 is up. Time to fortify the line so these explosive guys can get open. We lost Trent Brown and Wynn in free agency. Cajuste didn't pan out. Keep an eye on Steuber. It's time to stock up with tough, athletic guys who hold blocks and can get in front on the screen to our new athletic WR's.
Jaelyn Duncan (OT) Maryland is the pick.
Hey Nick, it's Bill. Tell me what you saw playing against him and what he was like on the team. Nick gives great intel on the player that we've watched. Do you really call him pick-6 Ricks?
Pick #87, the Patriots select Eli Ricks (CB) Alabama
Day 3, where Championships are won
Pick # 117 is up.
Nick is asked the same question. I'm looking at this player as a RT or backup Swing OT. I saw improvement with better coaching.
Pick #117- Tyler Steen (OT) Alabama
It's time to call another coaching friend, this time at Illinois. They had a set of twins, they will both play in the league. This is the Offensive player. He reminds me so much of James White in the way he sets up his routes and on the wheel route (OH MERCY)
Pick #135 Chase Brown (RB) Illinois
The Shrine Bowl was very productive and a picture of Bill working with a certain EDGE player got people going. (Buddy from E2G Sports had it before the Shrine bowl). It was on field, character