Thursday, March 28, 2013
2-round mock: Focus on offense
By Field Yates
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay has released his first two-round mock draft of the year, allowing us to get a better feel for the depth of this year's class of prospects.
As it relates to the Patriots, McShay has a pair of offensive players in mind: Syracuse guard Justin Pugh at pick 29 and Marshall wide receiver Aaron Dobson at pick 59.
McShay points to the Patriots' stronger track record of identifying talent at offensive line than at cornerback and wide receiver, both of which are considered needs. He says the Patriots "could stand to bolster" the interior of the offensive line, where Pugh projects to play.
Dobson, meanwhile, is a big-bodied wide receiver at nearly 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds who projects to play at the "X" receiver spot in the Patriots' offense. With Brandon Lloyd no longer on the team, the Patriots are in need of a receiver to work the perimeter of the field.
QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: The feeling here is that the interior of the offensive line isn't among the top needs, although the draft involves the intersection of need and value. If Pugh is at or near the top of the Patriots' board when they are on the clock, he could be a player they'd consider... Taking a wide receiver in the top two rounds makes sense given the need, and Dobson profiles as the type of player the Patriots could benefit from having... With only five selections in the draft, the Patriots could dangle their top pick to a team looking to trade back into the first round in exchange for more draft capital.
To see McShay's mock draft in its entirety (Insider content), click HERE.