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Sunday, March 6, 2011
Mock thoughts: Help on the line

By Mike Reiss

NFL Network analyst Charles Davis produces his second mock draft, which comes after the Combine, and it has some changes for the Patriots.

Davis gives the Patriots defensive end Cameron Jordan (Cal) at No. 17, and offensive tackle Derek Sherrod (Mississippi State) at No. 28.

Davis views Jordan as a player who "seems right for Patriots' style of 3-4 defensive end", and looks at Sherrod as a left tackle for the future who will ensure that quarterback Tom Brady has a chance to win another MVP.

In his first mock draft, Davis had the Patriots selecting defensive end J.J. Watt (Wisconsin) at No. 17 and outside linebacker Akeem Ayers (UCLA) at No. 28. Davis now has Watt off the board at No. 16 and Ayers off the board at No. 18.

ANALYSIS: This is a scenario where the Patriots tap into two areas that are considered deep in this draft -- defensive and offensive linemen. Jordan's athleticism is impressive, as he ran a 4.71 at the Combine while measuring 6-foot-4, 287 pounds. Sherrod's workouts also have him on the rise. The Patriots showed some vulnerability in both areas during points of the 2010 season, so both players could potentially bolster those spots in the short- and/or long-term.