Tuesday, May 14, 2013

2013 NFL Draft Team Grades: New England Patriots

Second Round: Jamie Collins, DE/OLB, Southern Miss / Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall

I'm back and forth on this round for the Patriots. I think Collins has the potential to be a sleeper prospect, but he just doesn't fill a huge need for them. The secondary should have been addressed before depth at pass rusher. I also don't know what to think of Dobson. Dobson's stock rocketed up during the pre-draft process  but he has huge bust potential. I don't think he was worthy of a second round pick.


Third Round: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers / Duron Harmon, S, Rutgers

I really like the pick of Logan Ryan. I think he is very underrated and can contribute right away in the Patriots' secondary. His teammate, on the other hand, I've honestly never heard of. I don't know why they would spend a third round pick on him. I would have questioned the pick if they used a seventh rounder on him. This is the second year in a row New England has done this with a safety prospect. It worked out last year, but I don't see it working again.


Fourth Round: Josh Boyce, WR, TCU

Boyce is fast but raw. Like Dobson, he has big bust potential and should have gone a round later than this. I honestly can't see either of these wide receivers being ready to start on day one like they need.


Seventh Round: Michael Buchanan, DE/OLB, Illinois / Steve Beauharnais, ILB, Rutgers

Finally a good round for the Patriots. Both of these prospects should have gone at least a round earlier. They  will provide solid depth.



This is probably the most disappointed I've ever been in a Patriots' draft. Of the first five picks, the only one I really like is Logan Ryan in round three. I also like the seventh round picks, but the seventh round doesn't mean much. They just reached on every pick and some didn't even fill a need. I'm really surprised at how bad this draft was.


1 comment:

  1. Jamie Collins doesn't fill a need?? Really! Hightower is now free to move to DE and Ninkovitch will be a free agent after this season. If NE doesn't retain him Collins will have a year under his belt and be ready to take over.


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