Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Mel Kiper's 2-round projection
By Mike Reiss
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has his latest two-round projection for the draft, which provides the springboard to look closer at four more possible fits for the Patriots.
This is a scenario Kiper envisions for New England:
27. Boise State DE/OLB Shea McClellin
31. Cincinnati DL Derek Wolfe
48. Central Florida CB Josh Robinson
62. Midwestern State G Amini Silatolu
To read Kiper's mock draft, CLICK HERE (Insider content).
ANALYSIS: In reading scouting reports on McClellin, and watching limited highlights, he somewhat reminds me of Arizona's Brooks Reed in last year's draft. That type of addition would be a welcome one for the Patriots, especially with a void to fill with Mark Anderson now in Buffalo. Wolfe could be another Mike Wright-type player, both coming out of Cincinnati. The question with Wolfe would seemingly be how he'd project to a two-gapping role, and that uncertainty might lead the team to shy away that early. Robinson is fast and would add some return value. While Silatolu has a lot going for him, my sense is that the Patriots would be looking for more of a center/guard type there, over a guard-tackle. In this scenario, the Patriots would likely target a safety in rounds 3-4 as that is an area they have a need to address.