The Pats Draft We’d Like To See

Way back in February, we wrote about the various draft modes Coach Bill Belichick could choose. Of those, we’ve decided to stay put with the five picks available to New England this year for our very own, very serious mock draft.

Not much room to move around the board? Fine. Clean slate in 2014.

For now, we’ll pick our best bets for Rounds One, Two and Three, and two picks in Round Seven.

ROUND ONE: Desmond Trufant, Washington CB (6-0, 190)

Though the Patriots have had a rough go with most of their defensive back picks, Trufant looks like as sure a thing as this draft has. An All-Pac-12 first-teamer with nine passes defensed and one interception in 2012, Trufant boosted his stock with a strong week of practice before the Senior Bowl.

Some notable combine numbers for Trufant include a 4.38-second 40, a 10-foot-5 broad jump, and a 3.85-second 20-yard shuttle.

High School Fun Fact: Competing for Wilson High in Tacoma, Trufant placed second in his state track meet in the triple jump with a mark of 46 feet, 5.75 inches.

ROUND TWO: Markus Wheaton, Oregon State WR (5-11, 189)

Listen, we have been touting the depth of this draft at wide receiver as much as anyone, from our piece on four potential seventh-round wideouts to our Combine Snubs series (Part I here). That said, it looks like it’s time to bring in a solid, athletic pass-catcher with some versatility.

Wheaton landed on teams’ radars with an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl. He is the all-time leading receiver at Oregon State with 224 catches for the Beavers with at least one catch in 35 consecutive games. In 2012, he nabbed 91 passes for 1,244 yards (13.7 ypr) and 11 touchdowns. Wheaton also rushed for 142 yards on 20 carries and two TDs.

Wheaton showcased some impressive numbers at the combine. A 4.40-second 40, 10-foot broad jump, 37-inch vertical, 4.02-second 20-yard shuttle and 6.80-second 3-cone drill to go along with a hefty 20 bench presses of 225 pounds.

High School Fun Fact: As a senior at Chandler High in Arizona, Wheaton caught 37 passes for 736 yards (almost 20 yards per reception).

ROUND THREE: John Simon, Ohio State DE (6-1, 257)

Pass defense takes two elements: coverage and pressure. Because the Pats had too little of both at crucial times last year, Simon should get the call to help with the latter. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year had 14.5 tackles for loss and nine sacks in 2012 and should get a first-rate recommendation from Ohio State coach and Belichick buddy Urban Meyer.

Simon couldn’t participate in the combine due to a shoulder injury, but at his pro day last month he ran a 4.62-second 40, had a 10-foot-1 broad jump and a 7.10-second 3-cone drill.

High School Fun Fact: As a senior at Cardinal Mooney in Youngstown, Simon had 148 tackles, 11 sacks and three forced fumbles.

ROUND SEVEN (a): Luke Marquardt, Azusa Pacific OT (6-8, 315)

While some have voiced concern over the lack of depth at guard, we have faith in Nick McDonald (a previous starter at center) and Marcus Cannon, who could potentially transition from tackle to guard this year.

Marquardt would add depth to the tackle position. He comes to the Pats in the seventh round due to his overall lack of experience (he played only freshman ball in high school) and because of a hairline fracture in his foot that required surgery this month. New England should get a strong scouting report from his position coach at Azusa Pacific, one Jackie Slater, former All-Pro NFL tackle and father to current Patriot Matthew Slater.

Though his injury prevented him from running at the combine, Marquardt did put up 31 reps on the bench press, especially impressive when considering how far he has to make the bar travel.

High School Fun Fact: Marquardt played only one year of varsity basketball at Skyline High in Sammamish, Washington, where – according to maxpreps.com – he scored 12 points for the season.

ROUND SEVEN (b): Adam Replogle, Indiana DL (6-2, 299)

There’s something kind of Mike Wright-like about Replogle, who made the All-Big-Ten second team after tallying 71 tackles (including 13 for loss and five sacks) and two forced fumbles.

A combine snub, Replogle ran his 40 in 5.08 seconds and benched 225 pounds 38 times, which would have tied him for first place at the combine. He started the final 47 games in his career, a Hoosier record.

High School Fun Fact: Replogle earned letters in football and basketball for three years at Centerville High in Ohio.

Don’t you just love this draft? Well, why not say so in the comment section below?

You can email Chris Warner at [email protected] or tweet @cwarn89.

  • bsmfan

    Unfortunately, we might not pick in the first.

    A tweet from His-Holy-Highness, Peter King, this morning:

    @SI_PeterKing There are multiple teams high in 2nd testing waters from 25-32 about moving up–for QBs, I believe

  • alex

    Great article, Chris.

    I love the idea of Trufant in the 1st, hope we can get him. The other 1st/2nd round db’s I like are Xavier Rhodes and Matt Elam…. As for WR I like Hopkins, Woods, and Hunter. There always seems to be a boatload of guys in that 2nd/3rd area whom the experts say will be able to come in and contribute. Hopefully the Pats can land one ….I dont view the DT position as a need but if Jesse Williams is there at 59 I think the Pats should take him. I know he is known primarily as a run stopper,but I think he could develop some basic pass rush moves that would make him 3 down player. I watched a few Alabama games this year and he really stood out to my untrained eye. He’s a force.

  • Ryan

    Seems like just a matter of time before they move back. I’d be stunned if they didn’t actually.

  • Chris W.

    Ryan and BSMFan, In yesterday’s draft piece I predicted that the Pats will trade out of the first. But, if there’s talent at 29, I’d like to see them take it.

    Alex, I’m also a fan of Rhodes. For whatever reason (height, lack of great speed), Elam doesn’t appeal to me as much. Still, wouldn’t argue with a productive defender in the first round.

    thanks for writing in.

    • bsmfan

      Chris,

      You got it!

      After seeing who went in the first right around 25, I think they figured why bother, as many did. I guess they could have picked up Matt Elam from Florida but I saw him have some bad games (I think Georgia was one). And, we didn’t have a real need at safety, right?

      Again, why jump on these if you’re not sold?

      I wish we did trade Mallet and thought that if we had got even a mid-late 2nd for him that he would have stayed there.

      @MikeReiss Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio to media: “So you still have to write a story tomorrow?”

      • Chris W.

        2014? Sweet heavens, BSMFan. At least take the week off!

        Seriously, more to come on 2013 here Monday.

  • bsmfan

    Reiss wrapped up Friday:

    http://es.pn/12y5cvN

    And, I’ll take this endorsement:

    @gregcosell Based on my film study really liked Pats picks WR Dobson and S Harmon. Harmon smart with excellent play recognition + awareness.