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BTB Community Mock: Pick #28 The New England Patriots Select...

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BTB Mock Draft

The New England Patriots are on the clock for the second time in the first round.

Draft Pick # 28

Team Name: New England Patriots

GM: marlboroman

Selection: (OG) Danny Watkins, Baylor

Why the pick:

A bit of a reach here and may still be available with the 33rd pick but with Stephen Neal retired, Matt Light a FA, and Logan Mankins disgruntled, the New England patriots choose Danny Watkins, OL, Baylor. Watkins is projected as a guard in the NFL but played tackle in college and could shift to play either tackle position when needed. He could plug and play as guard day 1. A little older, but his maturity allows him to step in right away and will give NE a solid 6-8 years of production. Watkins may still be there at #33 when the Patriots have their next pick, but with Pittsburgh (#31) and Green Bay (#32) both needing OL help, why wait?

Follow the jump for analysis of the pick:


(AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)


-- ranked #89 Overall, #7 at the position

-- Wes Bunting, National Football Post: #14 Overall, #1 at the position

Impression: If he were two inches taller and three years younger the guy is a first-round pick. However, I worry about his length as a left tackle and there is a concern about his age. However, he is a mature kid whose best football is still ahead of him and I think he's a guy who can come in and start from day one as a guard in the NFL and will give a team four-to-six very good years as a starting NFL guard.

-- ranked #32 overall, #2 at the position

-- ranked #35 overall, #1at the position

-- Mike Mayock ranked outside top 32

- profile:

Pass blocking: Excellent college left tackle despite his lack of experience. Sits into a good posture after his kick-slide. Comes out to meet the defensive end, mirrors opponents' lateral movement. Anchors against large defensive ends by extending his arms and widening his base. Escorts speed rushers around the pocket with arm-bar and nice footwork. Excellent cut-blocker, gets low quickly and takes man out totally out of the play. Still learning to protect inside lane. Must consistently keep feet moving to sustain after initial contact and prevent secondary rush.

Run blocking: Adept positional blocker, has good strength and attitude to seal his man inside or outside. Plays with a wide base, uses his strong legs to get forward movement. Aggressive and sticks to defenders once latched on; extends arms to push defender back or even put him on the ground. Gets under his man's pads when drive-blocking, keeps his hips low and feet moving. Still learning how to explode from three-point stance. Occasionally lunges to reach his man or is shed by violent hand play.

Pulling/trapping: Usually not asked to pull or trap from the left tackle position, but his agility gives him a real chance to succeed moving behind the line and into space. Can hit a target when going to the second level and NFL linebackers will meet him to attack the ball inside. Will take to coaching to find inside target and open holes.

Initial Quickness: Lacks the elite initial quickness of typical early-round picks, but combines fair athleticism with very good technique so it does not affect his ability in pass protection. NFL defenders might take advantage with their exceptional outside speed. Gets out of a drive-blocking stance quickly and should improve with time.

Downfield: Has the athleticism to reach linebackers at the next level, and gives the effort to reach multiple defenders in space. Sustains once engaged with upper- and lower-body strength. Might not hit his target due to indecision and being a step slow.

Draft Pick Team 2010 Record Assigned GM Team Needs Selection
1 Carolina (2-14) Alexcomestokill 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, WR1, WR2, WR3, CB AJ Green
2 Denver (4-12) Sean N 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, SS, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 ILB, TE, ROT Nick Fairley
3 Buffalo (4-12) BTB Everything except RB and WR, Kitchen Sink Marcel Dareus
4 Cincinatti (4-12) staubachfan QB, 4-3 DT, WR, 4-3 DE, FS, 4-3 MLB, OG, OC Patrick Peterson
5 Arizona (5-11) howboutdemcowboyz QB, 3-4 OLB, CB, OG, LOT Cam Newton
6 Cleveland (5-11) BlueEyedDevil 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, WR, FS, CB Robert Quinn
7 San Francisco (6-10) regaberto 3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, CB, OC, QB Von Miller
8 Tennesee (6-10) accidentalinnuendo QB, CB, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB Da'Quan Bowers
9 Dallas (6-10) ChiaCrack ROT, FS, OG, SS, CB, SILB, WILB, 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB Tyron Smith
10 Washington (6-10) Creasy729 QB,RB, WR, OG, OC, 3-4DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB Blaine Gabbert
11 Houston (6-10) I am Ironman! 3-4 DE, 3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB Prince Amukamara
12 Minnesota (6-10) KJDH2154 QB, WR, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, LOT, OG, Jake Locker
13 Detroit (6-10) DIRE WOLF CB, 4-3 OLB, MLB, ROT, OG, WR Anthony Castonzo
14 St. Louis (7-9) Squishmytomato WR, 4-3 DR, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 DE, FS, CB, OG, OC, SS Julio Jones
15 Miami (7-9) iCoach QB, 3-4 OLB, SS, OC, OG, 3-4 MLB, RB, WR Mark Ingram
16 Jacksonville (8-8) gogokroz 4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, CB, QB, WR, OG, Aldon Smith
17 New England (14-2) fivetwos 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, CB, RB, WR, OG, OT Cameron Jordan
18 San Diego (9-7) salas88 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OT JJ Watt
19 NY Giants (10-6) Jeterian 2 C, RB, OT, 4-3 OLB, SS, CB Mike Pouncey
20 Tampa Bay (10-6) Blustartatoo 4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, FS, CB, OG, LOT, 4-3 OLB, ROT, TE, OC, WR Ryan Kerrigan
21 Kansas City (10-6) Becho 3-4 DT, WR, OC, ROT, 3-4 OLB, RB, 3-4 SLB, Gabe Carimi
22 Indianapolis (10-6) BTB 4-3 DT, 4-3 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OG, OC, OT Muhammad Wilkerson
23 Philadelphia (10-6) JimmyK CB, OG, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, SS, OT Jimmy Smith
24 New Orleans (11-5) MicThaRock RB, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, CB, 4-3 OLB Adrian Clayborn
25 Seattle (7-9) Rena QB, 4-3 DT, CB, WR, OT, OG Colin Kaepernick
26 Baltimore (12-4) orli WR, OT, CB, FS, SS, OG, TE, Derrek Sherrod
27 Atlanta (13-3) BTB 4-3 DE, CB, WR, OT, TE, RB Justin Houston
28 New England (14-2) marloboro man 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, CB, RB, WR, OG, OT Danny Watkins

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