Mocked up: Expert opinions vary on Pats draft

Mocked up: Expert opinions vary on Pats draft
April 28, 2014, 12:45 pm
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What will the Patriots do with the No. 29 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft? We take a quick look at what's being said by some of the experts from around the country.

Pro Football Talk
The pick: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
What they're saying: "It’s not a glaring area of need but it’s good value for the slot. Plus, it never hurts to have enough guys to keep Tom Brady healthy in the final years of his career."

Rotoworld
The pick: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
What they're saying: "Crazier things have happened. Bridgewater wins in similar ways to Tom Brady, namely pocket movement, eye level, and dominating the short to intermediate levels of the field. The team’s offensive dynamic would not need to be changed when Teddy takes over."

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network
The pick: Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
What they're saying: "Tommy Kelly and Vince Wilfork are getting up in age, and Hagemen would add some youth and athleticism to the Patriots' front."

Charles Davis, NFL Network
The pick: Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
What they're saying: "Pats always believe they will bring out a player's full potential, and Hageman has plenty."

Matt Smith, NFL Network
The pick: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
What they're saying: "Can move up and down that DL and contribute at multiple positions."

Sports Illustrated
The pick: Louis Nix III, DL, Notre Dame
What they're saying: "We all know about the Patriots' penchant for bailing out of the bottom of the first round, so a team that has a quarterback in its sights and wants to get the jump on the competition could well wind up owning this slot. But if they stick, the Pats might be able to choose defensive tackle Vince Wilfork's heir apparent in the space-eating Nix."

CBSSports.com
The pick: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
What they're saying: "Logan Mankins isn't a kid and they could use an upgrade at right guard."

NEPatriotsDraft.com
The pick: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
What they're saying
: "I still believe (and know) the Patriots are targeting defensive line help early in the draft. There is always the distinct possibility they trade out of the first round and accumulate draft picks. However, if Ryan Shazier is sitting there at pick #29 the Patriots have to think long and hard about selecting him. Adding a 4.38 Linebacker to Jamie Collins will transform the Patriots Linebackers from one of the slowest groups in the NFL to one of the fastest. The Patriots clearly had an off-season plan of improving their pass defense and while the back-end is as good as ever, the LB position is still lacking. When breaking down the Patriots roster Linebacker is by far the thinnest position with only 3 players I consider worthy of the 53 man roster. Whether it’s in the first round or on day two, this is a position that will be addressed at some point in the draft. If Shazier is gone, I expect Dominique Easley or Louis Nix III to get legitimate looks."

WalterFootball.com
The pick: Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
What they're saying: "There are only a limited amount of players available at this juncture who fit what Bill Belichick has traditionally looked for in prospects. One such individual is Ra'Shede Hageman, who would fill a big need in the interior of the defensive line. The Patriots don't have much of a pass rush in that area, but that would change with the addition of Hageman."