PlayerProfiler/RotoUnderworld Head Game Analyst and NFL Draft Analyst Cody Carpentier is back for more; now breaking down his NFL Mock Draft 4.0 in a short team-by-team series. Starting with the Jets, Giants, Lions, Eagles, Jaguars, Dolphins, Bills, and on through all 32 teams until the 2022 NFL Draft. Today features the New England Patriots. If you want to see your favorite team, go to Twitter @CarpentierNFL and leave Cody a comment on what team you want to see broken down next.
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New England Patriots
No. 21 – Nakobe Dean – LB – Georgia
The 2021 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, First team All-American, and 2021 Butkus Award Winner is every bit deserving of being a top-1o pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Dean is undersized but works sideline to sideline dating back to high school being a five-star linebacker prospect. The Patriots likely lose Dont’a Hightower to free agency, who was due $8.8 million in 2021. And the Patriots are just $26.8 million above the cap. If Belichick chooses to go after another SEC stalwart – Nakobe Dean is that guy.
No. 54 – Roger McCreary – CB – Auburn
Another “undersized” player from the SEC in Roger McCreary. New England loses Pro-Bowler J.C. Jackson to free agency after leading the NFL in interceptions over the last three years. McCreary, at sub-6-0 and 190-pounds, finished with nine tackles for loss over the last two seasons, while collecting five interceptions.
Adding depth with eventual superstar upside is what the Patriots chase in the Cornerback position, from Jackson to Stephon Gilmore. I’m not comparing the three guys, but this is the mold and ability we see in Roger McCreary.
No. 85 – John Metchie – WR – Alabama
The least talked about wide receiver in Alabama’s receiver room over the last three seasons. Everyone thinks about Devonta Smith, Jameson Williams, Jaylen Waddle, and Henry Ruggs. But Ruggs and Waddle never eclipsed 900 receiving yards. Metchie finished with 916 as a sophomore and 1,142 as a junior in 2021 before an ACL injury in the conference championship. The connection you are looking at is from 2020. Metchie played with Mac Jones en route to a National Championship win over Ohio State.
Before Waddle’s ankle injury against Tennessee, Metchie produced WITH Waddle, Smith, and Najee Harris on the field. Look for New England to use “earlier” draft capital on a wide receiver. If it’s not Round 1 or Free Agency, Metchie or Skyy Moore would be great picks in Round 3.
No. 125 – Tyler Smith – OL – Tulsa
Possibly the most under-appreciated offensive lineman in the NFL Draft according to the media. Over the last two weeks, I have become less and less confident in Tyler Smith making it this far. But the fit is gold for New England.
Smith is a massive 6-6 and 332-pounds. After a redshirt 2019 season, he was named Freshman All-American in 2020 after starting 11 of 13 games; being graded right at 90-percent in every game. According to Tulsa coaches, he was graded 86-percent against Tulane, 94-percent against Cincinnati, and 87-percent against SMU. Adding Smith behind Trent Brown for one year, or letting Brown walk in Free Agency, handing the Right Tackle job to the rookie in Year 1, and saving $9 million, would also work.
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