The Patriots overloaded the draft day special report announcements. Most notably they traded up to obtain two defensive specialists. They traded their 27the round pick and a third rounder to get Cincinnati’ 21st pick. With it they obtained Chandler Jones.
Jones is a 6’5 hitting machine. He likes to bring people down. In his senior year he averaged over five tackles a game. Although he only played seven games his senior year, the Pats have to like the fact that he is clearly learning the game. As a sophomore he was a All-Big East Third team and started some games. As a junior he started all his games and was on the All-Big East Third Team. And his final season he would have started all his games but was sidelined. He still managed to be on the All-Big East First Team. Jones can play in any spot and a lot of analyst believe he will soon be the best defensive player in the NFL. A.
Dont’ A Hightower was the 25th overall pick after the Pats traded a 31st pick and a fourth rounder to Denver. He was an All-American and recorded four sacks in his senior year(although Jones recorded 4.5 in seven games). He is a solid pickup but a lot of people are questioning how he fits into a pro defense. Michael Lombardi from NFL network believes he is a good player at all positions, but a great player at none. He might be a good player, but not for the draft placement. B-.
Tavon Wilson from Illinois was not as solid as a pick as the first two. Wilson is aggressive and athletic, but he lacks the presence that a lot of great secondary players have. He does not have NFL quickness and could have easily been picked by the Pats in the fifth round, and maybe even the seventh. If Wilson can learn quickly, he may become a solid safety or corner. C-.
Jake Bequette was an average pick for the round he was in. He is a hard worker. He plays through the whistle and has a knack for finding the ball. He just has to learn. He will not be a starter, but should make the team. Right now he plows ahead, he can’t rush the edge or take on a bigger OT. But if he can learn he maybe he will be able to start in a few years. B-.
Nate Ebner is not really even a football player. The only reason he was drafted was because of Vrabel’s Ohio State recommendation. My only question is, why not take him with the last pick? Belichick says he runs hard. He might make a good special team player. Heck, Belichick may have found another Stephen Neal. B.
Alfonzo Dennard is a solid pick. The CB pick should have been in the first round, but their is no doubt this guy is a steal. He is a little smaller, but has the ability to be a starter in the NFL. He dropped in draft value after his play in the senior bowl and allegedly fighting a cop, but Belichick will take care of that ridiculousness, or get rid of him. After being on special teams for a while, he will be a starting CB and, possibly, the defensive Brady. A.
The last pick, Jeremy Ebert, was the only offensive player picked by the Pats. He is a WR from Northwestern. But, again, I love this pick. He fits right into the Pats offensive and Brady’s comfort zone. He will be able to run quick routs, catch some balls,and I would not be surprised if he took his place beside Welker and helped tear up defenses. B+.
Overall I grade the Pats a B. They drafted, basically, only defense. They have obvious talent in Jones, some sleepers in the late rounds, but some potential busts.
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Written by Adam Sharp
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