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Patriots Select Ras-I Dowling

With the 33rd pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Patriots selected Ras-I Dowling

With the 1st pick in the 2nd round being seen as a top target for teams looking to trade up, it was somewhat surprising that the Patriots stayed put and for the 2nd year in a row, they shocked with a CB selection. Ras-I Dowling, from Virginia might be a FS at the next level but it primarily a corner. A year ago he was considered one of the top talents for this draft, but an injury limited his production this year. The Patriots will be back on the clock at #56 and then at #60 but I’d expect them to trade one of those two picks.

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Nate Solder Analysis

At #17, the Patriots selected Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

Amongst all the talk of trading up for a top pass rusher, trading down for more value, the Patriots stood at #17 and selected Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder. Solder is a tall (over 6-8) former TE with great feet and athleticism for the position. He’s always played LT which might suggest that Sebastian Vollmer will stay on the right side. I had Solder as my #4 OT in the draft but he suits the Patriots more than maulers like Gabe Carimi, who fell to 29, that I had ahead of him. I like the pick and the value there but I was somewhat surprised at first that they didn’t address the pass rush need by trading up for some of that top-15 talent. You can’t deny that OT is a need position for the Patriots though.

Patriots trade down again

With the #28 pick, the Patriots decided, as they so often do, that there wasn’t a player on the board that represented more value than a trade they had on the table. I actually agree somewhat, just because of the value of the trade. The Saints gave up their 2nd round pick (#56) as well as next year’s 1st rounder to get up to #28 and take Heisman winning running back Mark Ingram. If it wasn’t such a good value trade I’d be hugely disappointed that the Patriots didn’t stay put and take Muhammad Wilkerson who I saw as a great fit for the D-line. As it happens, he went two picks later to the Jets. We’ll see how he turns out first hand with him going to an AFC East rival. The Patriots now have three picks in the 2nd round – #33, #56 and #60. I’d expect more trades to be forthcoming when day 2 of the draft begins at 6pm EST, 11pm here in the UK.

Patriots Select Nate Solder

At #17, the Patriots selected Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

Amongst all the talk of trading up for a top pass rusher, trading down for more value, the Patriots stood at #17 and selected Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder. More analysis tomorrow when the 1st round is over.

Mock Draft Watch – NFL Draft Dog 27th Feb

Gabe Carimi, projected to the Patriots at #17 in this mock.

I thought it might be a cool new feature for the blog to write about any particularly interesting mock drafts I see and who they had the Patriots selecting. Today I was reading the mock draft on NFL Draft Dog (a very good site that I like a lot) and I thought it would be a good one ¬†to start off on. The mock was last updated on the 27th Feb and can be found here until it’s next updated. It is a 1st round mock.

– Patriots Selection at #17 – Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin. I thought this would be a ¬†pretty good pick for the Pats, but I thought it brought up an interesting fact about this year’s OT class. NFL Draft Dog has Nate Solder going first for the position, to the Lions at #13, Carimi second then Tyron Smith (#20), Derrick Sherrod (#23) and Anthony Castonzo at #29. On the other hand, I’ve seen some people who think Castonzo is the best tackle in the class, others think Smith. This is the first place I’ve seen Solder rated the highest. I like Carimi but I’d be tempted to wait til #28 for a tackle if you think Castonzo would still be on the board.

– Patriots Selection at #28 – Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue. I don’t like this selection. NFL Draft Dog described him as a “steal” at 28 and likely to go before then. I think Kerrigan is too stiff to play effective coverage in the Patriots’ system as an OLB and a much better fit in a 4-3 D. DT Muhammad Wilkerson (Temple) goes 2 picks later in the mock to the Steelers. I’d much rather take Wilkerson for the D-line than Kerrigan as a LB conversion.

That’s what I made of the Patriots’ selections in this mock. One good one bad in my eyes. I’d have mixed emotions about this if the 1st round went this way in April.