And with the #23 Pick in the Arrowhead Pride Community Mock Draft, the New England Patriots Select...

T1_beanie_medium

                          Ohio St. RB Chris "Beanie" Wells

connerman with the pick...

Before you cry foul, the bigger picture must be laid out. And it's easy to paint.

The Patriots have six first day picks (!) and, specifically, three second rounders coming up right after this pick. So while the collective brain trust online seems to point to some linebacking help - and certainly that's an obvious need for Bill Belichick's crew - there's an opportunity here that I can definitely see New England seizing.

Chris Wells.

If anyone looks the part of Adrian Peterson in this year's draft, it's Chris Wells. And while the Pats might have bigger needs elsewhere, they certainly can make up lost ground with so many picks on the way. Connor Barwin, Brian Cushing, Robert Ayers, Michael Johnson, Clay Matthews, James Laurinaitis, Larry English, Jarron Gilbert and Clint Sintim are all still on the board, so the Pats can afford to strike while the best running back in the draft is still available.

Sure, Belichick's offensive schemes make retread backs look great (Sammy Morris, anyone?). But it's clear Maroney wasn't the prime pick many thought he was and the Patriots continue to rely on older workhorses. It works, sure. But when an opportunity this perfect provides itself... well, this is why a team keeps so many draft picks handy to make sure it can maneuver as the draft falls and take advantage of what's there.

So if you're Bill Belichick and you can grab the top running back in the draft - one whose pure power and ability to break tackles can single-handedly change a game - and still hold five first day picks, you take that chance and you worry about bringing youth to the linebacking corps, defensive line and adding O-line depth later.

Previous pick: WR Hakeem Nicks

Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)

On the clock for tomorrow: Atlanta Falcons (RedNose) and Miami Dolphins (schraggyj)

Click over for the schedule and current draft results.

***

With six picks in the first three rounds (Rounds 1 and 2 are first day only now, right?), if I were New England, I would go Best Player Available. I really hate the Patriots getting such a good player with this pick, which means that it's probably a good one.

Pick Round 1 Selection Date Community Approval
1 Detroit Lions - UCrawford LB Aaron Curry Weds. March 10th Forgot to do a poll
2 St. Louis Rams - Lanier63 OT Jason Smith Monday, March 16th 67%
3 Kansas City Chiefs - TonyG88 OT Eugene Monroe Monday, March 16th 56%
4 Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel DT B.J. Raji Tuesday, March 17th 46%
5 Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway WR Michael Crabtree Tuesday, March 17th 37%
6 Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic OT Andre Smith Weds., March 18th 43%
7 Oakland Raiders - mushin WR Jeremy Maclin Weds., March 18th 38%
8 Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns WR Percy Harvin Thursday, March 19th 29%
9 Green Bay Packers - JasonM DE/OLB Everette Brown
Thursday, March 19th 68%
10 San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch QB Matt Stafford Friday, March 20th 61%
11 Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread LB Rey Maualuga Friday, March 20th 50%
12 Denver Broncos - Keyser Sose DE Brian Orakpo Monday, March 23rd 58%
13 Washington Redskins - Official Arrowhead Pride Parade T Michael Oher Monday, March 23rd 64%
14 New Orleans Saints - cmpotter CB Vontae Davis Tuesday, March 24th 46%
15 Houston Texans - ChiefsDude CB Malcolm Jenkins Tuesday, March 24th 61%
16 San Diego Chargers - Helmets DE Tyson Jackson Weds., March 25th 58%
17 New York Jets - NJChief QB Mark Sanchez Weds., March 25th 77%
18 Chicago Bears - Holmeslice QB Josh Freeman Thursday, March 26th 28%
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - madtheory DT Peria Jerry Thursday, March 26th 45%
20 Detroit Lions (from Dallas) - UCrawford DE Aaron Maybin
Friday, March 27th 54%
21 Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717 TE Brandon Pettigrew Friday, March 27th 60%
22 Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56 WR Hakeem Nicks Monday, March 30th
23 New England Patriots - connerman RB Chris Wells
Monday, March 30th
24 Atlanta Falcons - RedNose
Tuesday, March 31st
25 Miami Dolphins - shraggyj
Tuesday, March 31st
26 Baltimore Ravens - Ben S
Weds., April 1st
27 Indianapolis Colts - craig in calgary
Weds., April 1st
28 Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina) - Chiefsfan717
Thursday, April 2nd
29 New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s
Thursday, April 2nd
30 Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99
Friday, April 3rd
31 Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH
Friday, April 3rd
32 Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33
Monday, April 6th

 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Arrowhead Pride

You must be a member of Arrowhead Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arrowhead Pride. You should read them.

Join Arrowhead Pride

You must be a member of Arrowhead Pride to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Arrowhead Pride. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker