2011 ROTB Mock Draft: Patriots To Go For O-Lineman Or Pass Rusher

We have reached the first of two picks for the Patriots. This pick would have been a non-playoff Raiders team, but they traded the pick to the New England Patriots for Richard Seymour. Now Bill Belichick has two picks in the first round. He loves picks, but mostly to be able to move around and pick the specific guys he knows will fit his team's system. This is why they have been so successful. 

The writer and community pick focus on the trenches, one to protect Tom Brady and the other to bolster the pass rush. Cardsfan08 picked for the writers and Drullin'OverDaCards brings the community pick. 

On the clock now are the San Diego Chargers. AustrianCardinal and CardsFan08 will bring the picks. Email me your picks and explanations by 11PM AZ time tonight. You know the rules -- no trades, no drafting guys that have been drafted. 

Remember that what makes this even better is healthy debate. Put in your two cents.

Drullin'OverDaCards:

Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

This guy has Bill Belichick written all over him. He is athletic, durable, versatile, has a high IQ and has a huge desire to be the best. As a true freshman at 260, he surprised all by starting at right tackle protecting Matt Ryan. Castonzo then bulked up and logged three years as starting left tackle and performed well at the Senior Bowl and combine. Castonzo has confessed an "obsession with being the best." He is an Academic All-American and "straight-A" student who scored the second-highest Wonderlic test score (41) this year. Castonzo started all 53 games of his career and tied the Boston College all-time consecutive start record. He has also completed his degree in biochemistry with honors. At his pro day, Castonzo's positional drills were overseen by Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia in what turned Castonzo called an intense session. "He was coaching us up," Castonzo said. "It was like a practice. It wasn't like he was running us through drills, it was like he was actually coaching us. It was nice. I actually learned some stuff today." Sounds like the coach wanted to test his ability and openness to learning at all times.

Cardsfan08:

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

A 6' 4" 265 lb beast is the best way to descibe Kerrigan. His lighter frame and aggressive fast playing style fit perfectly into the Patriot's defense where size is second to speed and skill. Kerrigan's versatility in stopping the run and transition to pass protection make him an excellent choice in the first round, but his ability to strip and sack the quarterback after becoming the Big Ten's all time leader in forced fumbles as a senior, make Kerrigan a must for the Patriots first of two first round selections.  

Results of mock draft:

Draft Pick

Team

2010 Record

Community GM Pick

Writer GM Pick

1

Carolina

(2-14)

Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

2

Denver

(4-12)

Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

3

Buffalo

(4-12)

Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

4

Cincinnati

(4-12)

A.J. Green , WR, Georgia A.J. Green , WR, Georgia

5

Arizona

(5-11)

Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

6

Cleveland

(5-11)

Robert Quinn, DE, UNC Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

7

San Francisco

(6-10)

Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

8

Tennesee

(6-10)

Cam Newton, QB Auburn Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

9

Dallas

(6-10)

Nick fairley, DT, Auburn Robert Quinn, DE, UNC

10

Washington

(6-10)

Julio Jones, WR, Alabama Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

11

Houston

(6-10)

Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska JJ Watts, DE, Wisconsin

12

Minnesota

(6-10)

J.J. Watts, DE, Wisconsin Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

13

Detroit

(6-10)

Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri Tyron Smith, OT, USC

14

St. Louis

(7-9)

Cameron Jordan, DE, California Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri

15

Miami

(7-9)

Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

16

Jacksonville

(8-8)

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

17

New England

(14-2)

Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College  Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

18

San Diego

(9-7)

19

NY Giants

(10-6)

20

Tampa Bay

(10-6)

21

Kansas City

(10-6)

22

Indianapolis

(10-6)

23

Philadelphia

(10-6)

24

New Orleans

(11-5)

25

Seattle

(7-9)

26

Baltimore

(12-4)

27

Atlanta

(13-3)

28

New England

(14-2)

29

Chicago

(11-5)

30

NY Jets

(11-5)

31

Pittsburgh

(12-4)

32

Green Bay

(10-6)


Draft assignments and team needs for San Diego Chargers, according to drafttek.com

18

San Diego

(9-7)

AustrianCardinal

 CardsFan08

3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OT

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