GM: @PFF_Akshay of ProFootballFocus.com –> 2 DL, 1 S, 2 OL, 1 WR, 2 DE/OLB
…. Acquired the Colts 2012 1st and 3rd Round Pick
…..Acquired the Texans 2012 1st Round Pick
……Traded away their 2012 7th Round Pick
25. New England* (14-2)(From Sea) – @PFF_Akshay – Cameron Heyward, DE
2.10 New England(From Texans) – @PFF_Akshay – Jabaal Sheard, DE/OLB
2.21 New England (2-14)(From Indy in 1st) – @PFF_Akshay – Rahim Moore, S
3.10 New England – from Min (6-10) – @PFF_Akshay – Jason Pinkston, OG/OT
3.23 New England* (From Ind) – @PFF_Akshay – Kendrick Ellis, DT – Hampton
3.28 New England* (14-2) – @PFF_Akshay – Austin Pettis, WR – Boise St.
5.28 (159) New England Patriots: David Mims, OT – Virginia Union
6.28 – 193. New England Patriots: Craig Marshall, DE/OLB – Marshall
Indianapolis Colts have traded pick 2.21, 3.23, and their 1st, 3rd (’12) for the New England Patriots 1.17
New England Patriots have traded picks 1.28, 4.28 and 7th (’12) for Seattle Seahawks 1.25 pick
Houston Texans have traded picks 2.10 and 1st (’12) for New England Patriots picks 2.01 and 2.28
25 Ohio State DE Cameron Heyward — Immovable five-technique without star-caliber ability.
42 Pittsburgh DE Jabaal Sheard — Absolute steal in the 40s; 2010 Big East Defensive POY.
53 UCLA S Rahim Moore — Playmaker and good value; Brandon Meriweather could be traded.
74 Pittsburgh T/G Jason Pinkston — Nasty run blocker projects to right guard in the pros.
87 Hampton NT Kenrick Ellis — Sensational value pick, as Ellis projects as a second-rounder.
92 Boise State WR Austin Pettis — Possession threat may struggle to separate at next level.
159 Virginia Union T/G David Mims — Developmental right tackle with exceptional length.
193 South Florida OLB Craig Marshall — Another five-technique type, can push the pocket.
The aggressive Patriots acquired two future first-round picks with trades down, and a 2012 third-round pick as the cherry on top. But what if there is no draft next offseason? Bill Belichick’s team would be sh!t out of luck, so those were especially high-risk moves this year. The talent acquired in this draft was still impressive. Sheard and Moore are big-play creators, and Heyward, Pinkston, and Ellis are rock-solid additions in the trenches. Ellis may have the highest upside of the group. The Patriots’ plan was clearly to get more physical in this draft, and the goal was accomplished.
Graded by Evan Silva – Rotoworld.com – @EvanSilva