James's 2020 Patriots Mock NFL Draft: Round 1-5

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With the 101st NFL season year officially begun, I have decided to put on my Mel Kiper/Todd McShay hat and get into the mind of Coach Belichick to create My Patriots Mock Draft.


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    RD    PICK#            PLAYER      POSITION

1. 23        Cole Kmet              TE

HEIGHT: 6’6”    WEIGHT: 262 lbs COLLEGE: Notre Dame


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The big need for the Patriots in this year's draft besides quarterback is Tight End.  Kmet, who is projected to go mid to late second round should be used for pick #23, takes care of the need of a big body tight end that they have been lacking.  Kmet has his pros and cons, as he is a better pass threat than a run blocker, and can be jammed and slowed by early contact into his route.  But once he's open, he becomes a mid-level target with sneaky separation speed and intriguing ball skills.  He is like all rookies once drafted will be a developing player, but he has the talent to eventually become a solid starter as a pass-catching in-line tight end with the ability to mismatch from the slot with his size.

NFL Player Comparison: Darren Waller



      3.    87        Chase Claypool    WR

HEIGHT: 6’4”    WEIGHT: 238 lbs COLLEGE: Notre Dame

I can already hear it from certain colleagues of mine “Are you serious James, another Notre Dame player”.  But remove the fact that I am a die hard Notre Dame fan.  Chase is the big body wideout that the Patriots have been lacking since Randy Moss was on the team, and with Josh Gordon never really working out for them, I think it is time for Coach Belichick to look into the Draft.  Claypool has size, strength, and speed to singled up cornerbacks on 50/50 deep balls.  He's a vertical challenger on the outside, a possession receiver as a big slot, and has outstanding run blocker skills.  These elite traits and diverse skill set could allow him to create a unique footprint as a pro player.

NFL Player Comparison: Mike Evans



      3.    98        Jalen Hurts            QB

HEIGHT: 6’2”    WEIGHT: 210 lbs COLLEGE: Oklahoma



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No matter who this pick is, it could be either Jake Fromm or Jacob Eason, the #98 pick will and should be a QB.  Hurts is a winning dual-threat quarterback known for his strength, speed, and toughness.  Jalen Hurts is an accurate passer and fantastic runner, but is somewhat inconsistent at decision-maker and tends to break the pocket when throws are there to be made.  His deep-ball and accuracy have improved this year, so like Kmet he is a developmental talent who in the right scheme could be dangerous.  Also being coached by Nick Saban could help get him into the door at One Patriot Place.

NFL Player Comparison: Tim Tebow


      3.   100        Anfernee Jennings     EDGE

HEIGHT: 6’2”    WEIGHT: 256 lbs COLLEGE: Alabama


Out goes Kyle Van Noy and in comes Anfernee Jennings, a 3-4 outside linebacker who has average speed, good strength and technique at the point of attack.  Jennings is another 'Bama kid knows what it takes to win.  He plays tough on the field, but is just an average athlete in space.  His frame and toughness could make him an eventual starter as a 3-4 OLB, but he needs more development as a rusher in order to reach his full potential.


NFL Player Comparison: Kyle Van Noy


      4.   125            Jake Hanson            OL

HEIGHT: 6’4”    WEIGHT: 303 lbs COLLEGE: Oregon



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Patriots found help for the offensive line in the fourth round with the Pac 12 product.  Hanson, a four-year starter, has the ability to fit into any position, but is unlikely to stand out in any particular one.  His strong, good hands and determined effort are his m.o. and he was able to matchup against the best and talented interior defensive linemen over the years.  He does lacks power and size, which could hurt his chances with teams who play against odd-front defenses, but he's a good enough performer who could offer late-round value as a backup.


NFL Player Comparison: Logan Mankins


      4.   139              Nick Coe             DL

HEIGHT: 6’5”    WEIGHT: 280 lbs COLLEGE: Auburn


Pick #172 is going defense and to another SEC stand out Nick Coe.  Coe has the body type and natural power of a 3-4 defensive end.  He flashes tough in the trench tendencies, but lacks the quickness to be a consistent playmaker or pass rusher.  If the team moves him to the inside with his traits, he might develop into a solid NFL nose tackle.

NFL Player Comparison: Geno Atkins

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