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Revenge Of The Birds Community Mock Draft: 22nd Pick, New England Patriots

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With the 22nd pick of the Revenge of the Birds community mock draft, the New England Patriots select...

Sergio Kindle | OLB | Texas

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GM: hadrarius

Strengths: Explosive speed, quick initial burst and closes fast. Ran 4.64 40 at combine. Great agility. Good lateral movement. Pursues well. A violent hitter and powerful tackler. Versatile, played both OLB and DE in college. Has the strength to bull rush but relies primarily on speed. Capable when dropping in coverage. Long arms. Prototypical size for OLB.

Weaknesses: Off field issues are the main concern with Kindle. How well he interviewed will be a key factor in when he goes. Has had some inconsistent production and minor durability issues. Has some difficulty shedding blocks. Struggles in tight spaces. Needs to develop a wider array of rush moves. Sometimes late to react to change of direction.

Why the Patriots will draft him: The Patriots need to revamp their defensive front seven. I have them start that process by taking what may well be the best all around OLB prospect in this draft. Kindle possesses the skills to become a double digit sack artist along with the ability to cover in space. He’s also a capable run stopper. He has the size and speed Belichick looks for at the position. Kindle has become a leader for the Longhorns both on and off the field. The quality of leadership, or the lack of it, has become a thorn the ownership has stressed needs correcting. RDE is another front seven position that needs improvement, and Belichick likes taking DL in the first. Many mocks have Jared Odrick going here but there are some scouts that doubt his ability to play DE in the 3-4. Belichick and co. are primed with 4 picks in the first two rounds, #s 22, 44, 47, and 53, with a total of 12 overall. This gives them great flexibility to match need with value and not have to reach at all. With round two taking place on the second day it should turn out to be much like round one all over again. Holding 3 second round picks (but no 3rd or 5th round picks) the Pats will likely trade at least one of them down.

Big thanks to hadrarius for making this pick. That move did put the notliketheboardgame on the clock with the Packers pick but I haven't heard from him. If anyone wants to pick for the Packers post a comment below and the first to post can have it. Robloosli is on deck with Philadelphia's pick. Please send your picks to revengeofthebirds@gmail.com. The remaining picks are after the jump...

  1. St. Louis - Sam Bradford, QB
  2. Detroit - Russell Okung, OT
  3. Tampa Bay - Ndamukong Suh, DT
  4. Washington - Bryan Bulaga, OT
  5. Kansas City - Eric Berry, S
  6. Seattle - Gerald McCoy, DT
  7. Cleveland - Jimmy Clausen, QB
  8. Oakland - Trent Williams, OT
  9. Buffalo - Bruce Campbell, OT
  10. Jacksonville - Joe Haden, CB
  11. Denver - Rolando McClain, LB
  12. Miami - Earl Thomas, S
  13. San Francisco - C.J. Spiller, RB
  14. Seattle - Dez Bryant, WR
  15. New York Giants- Derrick Morgan, DE
  16. Tennessee - Sean Weatherspoon, LB
  17. San Francisco - Anthony Davis, OT
  18. Pittsburgh - Kyle Wilson, CB
  19. Atlanta - Brandon Graham, DE
  20. Houston - Taylor Mays, S
  21. Cincinnati - Jermaine Gresham, TE
  22. New England - Sergio Kindle, OLB
  23. Green Bay - notliketheboardgame
  24. Philadelphia - robloosli
  25. Baltimore - Skii
  26. Arizona - ROTB community
  27. Dallas - manderson367
  28. San Diego - WhiffSD
  29. New York Jets - Drullin'OverDaCards
  30. Minnesota - tooman234
  31. Indianapolis - TheAngelsColts
  32. New Orleans - Reo Hayes