Patriots Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4)
Round 1 (22): Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
Graham was a monster at Michigan and I expect him to have a great NFL Career. He's also the perfect player for the Patriots 3-4 defense. He will play a hybrid OLB/DE type of a position and should make an impact right away. He was a relentless player at Michigan, even on a bad defense, just the kind of player that Belichick wants. Someone who wont take plays off and work hard everyday.
Round 2 (44): Arrelious Benn, WR Illinois
The Patriots don't have a young WR who can play alongside Moss at this point and it looks like they might lose Moss after the 2010 season, so they need a WR who could be a #1 in as early as 2011. Benn fits that role perfectly. He has good size at 6'1'' and ran a 4.48, 40 at the combine, so he has a nice combination of size and speed. He would be a solid pick for the Patriots.
Round 2 (47): Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Spikes would of been at 1st round pick if he left Florida after his Junior season, but he decided to go back to school. Although that hurt his stock, I still think he's a 1st round prospect. The Patriots need to get younger at LB and drafting Spikes makes a lot of sense. Having Mayo and Spikes in the middle of the Patriots defense for years to come would be a great combination.
Round 2 (53): Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Another need for the Patriots is CB. With the possibly of losing both Springs and Bodden, the Patriots need to draft a CB. I think McCourty makes a lot of sense. McCourty, who has 4.4 speed would add youth and depth to the Patriots defensive back field.
Round 4 (116): Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
Tate hasn't gotten a lot of attention, but is opening eyes after the combine. After running for 1,362 yards last season at Auburn, having 26 reps and running a 4.43, 40 at the combine, he's rising up draft boards. He could be taken higher then the 4th round, but there's good chance he falls this far. If he does, the Patriots should draft him. They don't have a lot of talent at RB at the moment and taking a RB in the 4th round with this kind of potential makes a lot of sense.