Now that the Pats are playing in the Super Bowl, we got a pretty good idea where they will be picking (either 31 or 32).
1) Ty Sambrailo OL from Colorado State
The Patriots are set at center and Left Tackle, but at the guard spots and right tackle positions they have more of a short-term solution. Ty Sambrailo played Left Tackle at Colorado State but at his size and athletic abilities mean he is more likely to play either guard or right tackle. He fits an area of need for the Pats as Connolly and Wendell are not long-term solutions for the Pats. He could come in right away to play Right or Left guard and if need be kick to one of the tackle spots.
2nd) Ronald Darby CB from FSU
Because if anyone overdrafts terrible cornerbacks, it’s Bill Belichick.
3rd) Gabe Wright DT from Auburn
Defensive Line is a position Pats need some depth in as Wilfork is getting up there in age and Dominique Easley is one of the worst picks of all time (never trust a Gator). Wright is not huge for a tackle (around 290 pounds). His initial quickness is very good and can be disruptive in the backfield after his first step. The only problem with him is he sometime loses track of the ball on run downs but that is more a technique thing than actual athletic ability.
4th) Anthony Chickolo DE from Miami
3-4 DE or can play 4-3 DE, Chickolo is versatile and in the Shrine Game showed that he is very good at causing disruption in the background. He at this point is a one trick pony as he only knows one pass rushing move and can get shut down by better tackles. Good pick who can play on passing downs and hopefully develop into a complete player.
4th) Trey Depriest ILB from Bama
New England already has one LB from Bama in Hightower and at the moment lack real depth at the position. Outside of Hightower and Collins and Mayo when healthy, they are kind of thin at the position. Depriest is a decent inside linebacker who doesn’t do anything spectacularly but if injuries arise can hold the fort.
6th) David Johnson RB from Northern Iowa
Ridley is gone, Vereen might as well leaving Blount and Jonas Gray who seems to be in the doghouse. They drafted James White last year but never seemed to use him and got Bolden who is more of a special teams player. Johnson had a great Senior Bowl and in college was a very good receiving back (he had 203 yards receiving against Iowa) and has some thump at running back. He is going to fall in the draft due to it being a very deep running back class but he could replace Vereen if he leaves or even become the featured back.
7th) Ali Marpet OL from Hobart
Division 3 player who played LT in college, at the Senior Bowl he kicked inside and impressed the majority of scouts there. He is a big project player who has talent but is very raw. He more than likely will end up as a center or guard in the NFL which is a position the Patriots lack anyone great. He might not be a big contributor this year, or he might end up on the practice squad but he is a long-term high upside player.