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.
Previous pick: CB Darius Butler
Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)
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|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|