Now that free agency has started and the Patriots have lost some players, my mock draft has changed. I'm not going to change it up completely, but the Patriots now have some new needs that I think need to be filled through the draft.
Round 1 (22): Brandon Graham, DE Michigan
I still like Graham in the 1st round for the Patriots. Even though both Jarvis Green and Derrick Burgess are now free agents and Graham will most likely play most snaps as a OLB. I think Graham adds youth and depth to the Patriots LB'ing core. Graham in my mind is the perfect pick if he's still on the board at #22. If he's not a few options would be Sean Weatherspoon, Carlos Dunlap, and Sergio Kindle.
Round 2 (44): Corey Wootton, DE Northwestern
Now that both Green and Bugress are free agents I think the Pats need to target the DE position need early on. I think drafting Wootton at #44 makes a lot of sense. He stands at 6'7'' and 280 pounds, so weight wise he will be a little small as a DE. He uses his excellent size to diagnose the play and find the ball carrier on run plays. It will be tough for him to get a lot of penatration on run plays, but he's a excellent pass rusher, something the Pats lacked in 09. If he's still on the board at #44 it would be a solid pick for the Pats.
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): Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
There's a good chance Warren isn't on the board at #116, but if he is it would be a great pick for the Patriots. Warren is ready to step in right away and help a Patriots defensive back field that struggled in 09. He has great overall coverage and CB abilites. He's also a great athelete, with 4.4 speed. CB is a need for the Patriots, as Bodden is now a free agent, so drafting Warren would be a great pick.