And with the #34 Pick in the Arrowhead Pride Community Mock Draft, the New England Patriots Select...


                            Tennessee DE Robert Ayers

connerman with the pick...

There's only one way to explain this pick: Bill Belichick must have breakfast with God every morning. Because there's no logical reason for Robert Ayers to be available anywhere close to the second round, let alone to fall to the one team known for their defensive line.

Yet it's exactly for that reason that the Patriots select the great Tennessee defensive end with the 34th pick in this year's draft. A possible top 10 pick on some mock drafts, Ayers' free fall gives the Pats a major asset in the second round and must make the Chiefs front office groan just a bit at the quality of player that fell this far.

Simply put, Ayers is one of the best coming off the blocks and has some of the best pure pass rushing ability in the draft. He weighs in at 273 and is 6'3" plus. He clocked a 4.85 in the 40 and has the versatility to succeed in either base defense, although his experience is more suited to the 4-3. He absolutely manhandled highly rated tackles like Michael Oher and Andre Smith at the Senior Bowl and he is very athletic for someone his size - playing both inside and outside on the line through his college career.

His lack of experience works against him a bit and maybe dropped him this far. Still, for a team already with Ty Warren, Vince Wilfork, Richard Seymour, Jarvis Green and rumored to be flirting with free agent Jason Taylor, it's the perfect place to learn for someone like Ayers. Plus, all three starters for the Pats are free agents after this coming year, giving the team a bit of leverage and breathing room in case something nasty goes down between now and then.

In short, the Patriots are known for being proactive, for giving themselves flexibility (i.e. trading a second rounder seemingly every year for a first rounder the following). So in a time where indecision and chaos could be on the horizon contract-wise with some of the D-line veterans, there is no way the Patriots fail to nab one of the draft's best raw talents.

Round 1 is here.

Previous pickCB Darius Butler

Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)

On the clock for tomorrow: St. Louis Rams (Lanier63) and Cleveland Browns (HIV2Elway)

Click over for the schedule and current results.

Pick Round 2 Selection Date Approval Rating
1(33) Detroit Lions - UCrawford  CB Darius Butler Weds., April 8th
2(34) New England Patriots (From Kansas City) - connerman  DE Robert Ayers
Weds., April 8th
3(35) St. Louis Rams - Lanier63   Thursday, April 9th
4(36) Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway   Thursday, April 9th
5(37) Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel   Friday, April 10th
6(38) Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic   Friday, April 10th
7(39) Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns   Monday, April 13th
8(40) Oakland Raiders - mushin   Monday, April 13th
9(41) Green Bay Packers - JasonM   Tuesday, April 14th
10(42) Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread   Tuesday, April 14th
11(43) San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch   Weds. April 15th
12(44) Miami Dolphins (From Washington) - shraggyj   Weds. April 15th
13(45) New York Giants (From New Orleans) - ChiefsFan90s   Thursday, April 16th
14(46) Houston Texans - ChiefsDude   Thursday, April 16th
15(47) New England Patriots (From San Diego) - connerman   Friday, April 17th
16(48) Denver Broncos (From Texans) - Keyser Sose   Friday, April 17th
17(49) Chicago Bears - Holmeslice   Monday, April 20th
18(50) Cleveland Browns (From Tampa Bay) - HIV2Elway   Monday, April 20th
19(51) Dallas Cowboys - chiefsfan1384
  Monday, April 20th
20(52) New York Jets - NJChief   Tuesday, April 21st
21(53) Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717   Tuesday, April 21st
22(54) Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56   Tuesday, April 21st
23(55) Atlanta Falcons - RedNose   Weds. April 22nd
24(56) Miami Dolphins - shraggyj   Weds. April 22nd
25(57) Baltimore Ravens - Ben S   Weds. April 22nd
26(58) New England Patriots - connerman   Thursday, April 23rd
27(59) Carolina Panthers - 808NaNz808   Thursday, April 23rd
28(60) New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s   Thursday, April 23rd
29(61) Indianapolis Colts - craig in calgary   Friday, April 24th
30(62) Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99   Friday, April 24th
31(63) Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH   Friday, April 24th
32(64) Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33   Friday, April 24th
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