AFC East: Chris Wells

Another AFC East mockwave

April, 23, 2009
4/23/09
10:20
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Unless there's trade activity or a bombshell revelation over the next couple days, no additional work can be done to a mock draft at this stage.

We know all the team needs. Prospect evaluations have been completed.

So this very well could be the final edition of the AFC East mock report.

In this rundown, you'll find the latest from ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, Sports Illustrated's Don Banks, NFL.com's Pat Kirwan, Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin, CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco and Clark Judge and NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang and Chad Reuter.

You'll notice a few regulars have been omitted from this edition. Some mocks have not been updated to show the Bills drafting at No. 28.

I'm also listing the cumulative results of SportsNation's interactive NFL Mock Draft Machine. Those projections are as of Thursday morning and may change.

No. 11 Buffalo Bills

  • Kiper's pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end
  • McShay's pick: Brian Orakpo, Texas defensive end
  • Kirwan's pick: Michael Oher, Mississippi tackle
  • Banks' pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end
  • Gosselin's pick: Tyson Jackson, Louisiana State defensive end
  • Prisco's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Judge's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Rang's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Brian Orakpo, Texas defensive end
  • SportsNation's pick: Brandon Pettigrew, Oklahoma State tight end

No. 17 New York Jets

  • Kiper's pick: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland receiver
  • McShay's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Kirwan's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Banks' pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Gosselin's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver
  • Prisco's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Judge's pick: Knowshon Moreno, Georgia running back
  • Rang's pick: Josh Freeman, Kansas State quarterback
  • Reuter's pick: Jeremy Maclin, Missouri receiver
  • SportsNation's pick: Percy Harvin, Florida receiver

No. 23 New England Patriots

  • Kiper's pick: Donald Brown, Connecticut running back
  • McShay's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Kirwan's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Banks' pick: Darius Butler, Connecticut cornerback
  • Gosselin's pick: Rey Maualuga, Southern California linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker
  • Judge's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Rang's pick: Darius Butler, Connecticut cornerback
  • Reuter's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • SportsNation's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker

No. 25 Miami Dolphins

  • Kiper's pick: Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State cornerback
  • McShay's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Kirwan's pick: Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina receiver
  • Banks' pick: Kenny Britt, Rutgers receiver
  • Gosselin's pick: Clay Matthews, Southern California linebacker
  • Prisco's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois defensive end
  • Judge's pick: Vontae Davis, Illinois cornerback
  • Rang's pick: Aaron Maybin, Penn State defensive end/linebacker
  • Reuter's pick: Robert Ayers, Tennessee defensive end
  • SportsNation's pick: Brian Cushing, Southern California linebacker

No. 28 Buffalo Bills (from Philadelph
ia Eagles
)

  • Kiper's pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • McShay's pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • Kirwan's pick: Larry English, Northern Illinois defensive end
  • Banks' pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • Gosselin's pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • Prisco's pick: William Beatty, Connecticut tackle
  • Judge's pick: Chris Wells, Ohio State running back
  • Rang's pick: Everette Brown, Florida State defensive end
  • Reuter's pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle
  • SportsNation's pick: Eben Britton, Arizona tackle

Patriots on the clock: Rang chimes in

February, 11, 2009
2/11/09
10:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Rob Rang has taken the time for us to break down how the first round may unfold for AFC East. Next up are the New England Patriots with the 23rd choice.

I provided Rang three needs. He projected the best-available candidates when the Patriots are scheduled to make their initial pick.

The Patriots are looking at cornerbacks and linebackers. I also added running back as a possibility. Keep in mind that when injury-prone starter Laurence Maroney was healthy last summer, they signed free agent LaMont Jordan.

Here is Rang's take:

The Patriots struck gold last year with Jerod Mayo and it would surprise no one if they elected to take advantage of this year's strong crop of outside linebackers. There are numerous players to choose from. USC's Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews Jr. are two that make sense due to their versatility. Cushing is the better player now, but there are some who feel Matthews, a former walk-on, will be a better player than either Cushing or Rey Maualuga in a few years. Former defensive ends Aaron Maybin (Penn State) and Larry English (Northern Illinois) each is athletic enough to play back in space. Bill Belichick's trust of former disciple Al Groh could lead him toward Virginia outside linebacker Clint Sintim. Sintim played outside linebacker in the Cavaliers' 3-4 alignment and, therefore, might be all the more ready to make an immediate impact.

The pickings aren't as great at cornerback as outside linebacker. Many of the top corners lack the size preferred for the position. Illinois' Vontae Davis is a notable exception, but is expected to get a late boost up the board with a strong workout and likely will be off the board. Vanderbilt's D.J. Moore and Wake Forest's Alphonso Smith are each dynamic playmakers, but may be too short for New England's taste.

Considering their willingness to spread the ball around a stable of backs, the Patriots may appear unlikely to take a running back in the first round. However, with underclassmen Chris Wells (Ohio State), Knowshon Moreno (Georgia) and Pittsburgh's LeSean McCoy (Pittsburgh) all capable of making an immediate impact, the Patriots would be wise to consider them. At least one will almost surely be available at No. 23.

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