Some potential Patriots draft targets

Cal RB Jahvid Best's head injury might put some scouts off, but I think he'd be good value in the 2nd round. Picture from "Monica's Dad" via Flickr

After many weeks of research on the prospects in the upcoming 2010 NFL Draft, I made a list yesterday of players that I think would be good fits for the Patriots and where I would draft them if I were head coach of the Pats. I don’t claim to be an expert in the Patriots’ offensive and defensive systems, especially with the possibility of them changing the defensive scheme in 2010, but I’ve done my best! Maybe I’ll do a recap after the draft to see how many of these actually become Patriots. I’ve listed each player along with the kind of range in the draft I would select them if they were still on the board.

  • QB Tim Hiller, Western Michigan – 6th-7th
  • QB Mike Kawka, Northwestern – 5th-6th
  • RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State – 1st-2nd
  • RB Jahvid Best, California – 2nd
  • RB/WR Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss – 2nd-3rd
  • RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford – 3rd
  • RB Ben Tate, Auburn – 3rd
  • RB Charles Scott, LSU – 4th-5th
  • RB James Starks, Buffalo – 4th-5th
  • RB Stafon Johnson, USC – 5th
  • RB Deji Karim, Southern Illinois – 5th-6th
  • RB/KR Trindon Holliday, LSU – Compensatory 7th
  • FB/ST Rashawn Jackson, Virginia – 5th-6th
  • WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame – 1st-2nd
  • WR Damian Williams, USC – 2nd
  • WR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati – 2nd
  • WR Jacoby Ford, Clemson – 3rd
  • WR Eric Decker, Minnesota – 3rd
  • WR Jordan Shipley, Texas – 4th
  • WR Danario Alexander, Missouri – 5th-6th
  • WR Seyi Ajirotutu, Fresno State – 6th-7th
  • TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma – 1st
  • TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida – 2nd-3rd
  • TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona – 2nd-3rd
  • TE Dennis Pitta, BYU – 3rd
  • TE Jimmy Graham, Miami – 3rd
  • TE Tony Moeaki, Iowa – 4th-5th
  • OT Jared Veldheer, Hilsdale (MI) – 3rd
  • OT/OG Ed Wang, Virginia Tech – 5th
  • OG Mike Iupati, Idaho – 1st
  • OG Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts – 2nd
  • OG Zane Beadles, Utah – 4th
  • OG John Jerry, Ole Miss – 5th
  • OC Matt Tennant, Boston College – 2nd-3rd
  • OC Eric Olsen, Notre Dame – 5th-6th
  • DT/DE Jared Odrick, Penn State – 1st
  • DT/DE Lamarr Houston, Texas – 3rd
  • DT Torel Troup, Central Florida – 3rd-4th
  • DT Linval Joseph, East Carolina – 4th
  • DT Al Woods, LSU – 7th
  • DE Brandon Graham, Michigan – 1st
  • DE Alex Carrington, Arkansas State – 3rd
  • DE George Selvie, South Florida – 3rd
  • DE Austen Lane, Murray State – 3rd-4th
  • DE Te’o Nesheim, Washington – Compensatory 7th
  • DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas – 1st
  • DE/OLB Jerry Hughes, TCU – 2nd
  • DE/OLB Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State – 3rd
  • DE/OLB Koa Misi, Utah – 3rd
  • DE/OLB O’Brien Schofield, Wisconsin – 4th-6th
  • OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri – 2nd
  • OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina – 2nd-3rd
  • OLB Dekoda Watson, Florida State – 4th-5th
  • ILB Sean Lee, Penn State – 2nd
  • ILB Brandon Spikes, Florida – 2nd-3rd
  • ILB Pat Angerer, Iowa – 4th
  • CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers – late 1st
  • CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State – late 1st
  • CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama – 2nd
  • CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State – 3rd
  • CB Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State – 2nd-3rd
  • CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana (PA) – 2nd-3rd
  • SS Chad Jones, LSU – 3rd
  • SS Reshad Jones, Georgia – 3rd
  • SS Myron Rolle, Florida State – 4th
  • FS Nate Allen, South Florida – 2nd-3rd
  • P Zoltan Mesko, Michigan – 5th-6th
  • P Scott Ravanesi, Southern Illinois – 6th-7th

So there you have it. Some positions I’ve looked at in more depth than others (eg. hardly touched on late round DBs) but there’s the guys I’ve looked at and liked the most.

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