1.12 (12) Aldon Smith, DE/OLB – Missouri
1.16 (16) J.J. Watt, DE – Wisconsin
1.17 (17) Tyron Smith, OT – USC
3.11 (75) Greg Little, WR – UNC
6.28 (193) Lawrence Guy, DT – Arizona State
Traded #28, #60, and #125 to Minnesota for #10.
Traded #33, #74, and a 2012 third round pick to Jacksonville for #16.
Detroit trades pick #75 to New England for #92 and #159
Sigmund Bloom: B-
While I appreciate the creative use of the Patriots plethora of picks to focus on top notch players at arguably their three largest needs, this draft just doesn’t fit their modus operandi. The Patriots always seem to value players with certain qualities higher than most teams and they take advantage of this by constantly trading back to acquire more picks while still getting “their guy” at the later pick. With three of the first 33 picks, I just don’t see them trading away the chance to get a future first (or two) for good, but not exceptional talents like the Smiths and Watt. It’s more believable to have them deal up for a truly singular talent like Von Miller or AJ Green in my opinion. I do love Greg Little as a potential future stud, although he doesn’t take the top off the defense, which is what this offense needs. Guy is a nice fit for the defense. I’m a bit disappointed that the Pats didn’t decide to pick up a running back from this deep class – the team has carried up to five in the past and I think they’ll find a handful in this group that can at least be good role players. I can appreciate having a vision and following through, but this just doesn’t feel like a Patriots draft.