Any proposed Cowboys-Patriots trade will not happen. Yet there are any number of teams interested in moving back, including Dallas.
Trade Buzz: New England looking to trade with Dallas to get Cameron Jordan
Target acquired?? Who knows…
Every year there’s one prospect who rises above the rest and becomes the favorite of the majority of Patriots nation and reporters as the best fit for the Pats for their first selection in the draft.
This year the consensus guy is Cal Defensive End Cameron Jordan. In the minds of those who follow Bill Belichick and the Patriots closely it seems like Jordan makes the most sense to most of us. Of course this doesn’t mean the Pats will draft him even if he’s there at 17, in fact some might even argue that they specifically would not draft him just to avoid being too predictable. That’s a joke, but the thought did cross my mind.
In amateur draftnik theory this is what the Pats would get with Jordan: A three-down defensive lineman who is big enough to stop the run, but also brings an interior pass rush presence. There’s even a chance that he could stand up and play a little OLB as well. Bottom line, he’s versatile and BB could employ him in a variety ways at one of the biggest areas of need on this defense.
So this one’s for you Cameron Jordan, it’s still probably a long shot that you end up on the Pats, but if you do a lot of people will be saying “I called it!”.
Here’s a great compilation from PatriotsFootballPlace on Jordan…
Nice job by Patriots Football Place putting this Watt vs. Jordan video together. In my mind this is what it comes down to at 17, but remember, my mind retains the right to know nothing.
In honor of the two guys we see as the best value fits at 17th overall here are film breakdowns of Jordan and Watt.
We’ll be keeping an eye on all the mock drafts as they start to pour in over the next few weeks. If you have one you’d like featured please post a link in the comments below and we’ll put it up.
As always no one mock is ever going to be 100% correct, but when taken as a whole you get a pretty good sense of who the general football-following public thinks the Pats will take.
17. JJ Watt
- Watt seems like a perfect fit in the Patriots 34 front. He’s got the length/anchor to set the edge, is a better athlete than given credit for and offers some versatility to play inside in nickel situations as well.
28. Akeem Ayers
- His less than ideal 40 time (4.84) could cause him to fall a bit on draft day. However, the guy has a gifted skill set, plays faster on tape and could be a real find for the Pats at the end of round one.
PatsProp Comment: Love Watt, but not sure Ayers is the physical, tough player the Patriots look for.
17. JJ Watt
- Watt is a versatile defensive linemen that should excel at the NFL level. Explosive against the run and the pass, Watt has a motor that just won’t quit. He will need to learn to 2-gap effectively, but his physical and mental makeup make him a great fit for New England.
28. Muhammad Wilkerson
- Ideal 5-technique DE that sheds blockers with ease. This is a trademark Patriots pick, which will have most casual fans scratching their heads initially, followed by an eventual realization of just how good a player Wilkerson is. We have the Patriots loading up on DE’s as Ty Warren’s health is not guaranteed and Wilkerson/Jordan would fit well in the often-used sub-packages.
PatsProp Comment: Again, love Watt, but doubling down on the defensive line is an interesting choice. Would really solidify the front end of the Pats d-line for the next decade. Just the kind of crazy choice the Pats are known for.
17: Ryan Kerrigan
- Kerrigan is a very exciting Passrusher. He is a kinetic dynamo on the field, and is a much better athlete than given credit. In fact, I would compare him to Mike Vrabel, and say he is a more athletic Vrabel, and I really like him as an OLB in a 3-4. I see a lot of Vrabel in him. He had 33.5 career sacks and 14 FF, which is a Big Ten record. He has that knack for making the big play. Great quickness off the line. He looks like he has the size and athleticism to play OLB. The most important aspect of his game is his hustle and non-stop motor.
28. Adrian Clayborn
- Top rated player at the Pats top need position. He is just too good a player to be available here come Draft day, but stranger things have happened. Pats have some extra picks and can afford to take a chance on a guy who was truly great in 2009 and played terrible in 2010 do to injury
PatsProp Comment: Kind of a fail for the PatsDraft boys. Though I don’t rule Kerrigan completely out, Clayborn himself said at the combine he’s a 4-3 guy.
17. Cameron Jordan
28. Mike Pouncey
PatsProp Comment: Hard to argue with either of these picks, both stabilize positions where depth is lacking, while bringing certain traits that are badly needed (Size/versatility).
We’re less than 11 weeks away from the NFL draft and Cameron Jordan is my current “boo” of draft picks for the Patriots. My attachment to him is slowly growing, but I’m trying to keep it under control since there’s just as good of a chance he’ll end up on a team I hate as there is he ends up on the Pats.
Unfortunately it also seems like he’s in the top 10 of a lot of recent mock drafts and I expect that to continue after the combine. So he’s probably not going to be there at 17, but let’s imagine what a player like Jordan could theoretically do for the Patriots.
- help solidify the run defense with a Ty Warren-esque presence.
- shift inside on pass downs and generate that pressure up the middle that was missing in 2010 when Wright and Pryor were hurt.