Representing the New England Patriots, super8 with the 48th pick in Arrowhead Pride's 2012 NFL mock draft...\
Hello AP! We meet for the 3rd time. The last time we met, the Patriots took a top notch corner and then went on to select a pass rushing stud. It's obvious I have been cleaning up the Patriot's sad defense. However, the work is not done. Another force beside Vince Wilfork is needed in the middle of the line, and the safety group is still the worst in the league. There even might be options on the offensive line that will go on to be the future for this franchise.
However, some of the best options at these needs have been sniped away within the last couple of picks. However, there is still a player that is exactly what New England is looking for, and I think I've got him.
The New England Patriots select Kendall Reyes DT UConn.
The best center of the future Peter Konz has been taken by the Cowboys, a highly rated safety named Harrison Smith is a Jet, and Vinny Curry, called a "perfect fit for NE" by some analysts is going north to Seattle. It's frustrating, but it's not the end of the world. There are still a couple of talented centers and safeties left on the board in later rounds, and I've already got a talented linebacker in Nick Perry. Kendall Reyes is another of those players who could easily be a first rounder, but fall because of circumstance. I think he will be a nice fit for the Patriots. Here are a few points about why I drafted Reyes:
- He has excellent character. Reyes has been praised for this.
- He was a two time team captain. That shows good leadership skills.
- Defensive line is still a need for New England.
- Even though Reyes doesn't have a lot of sacks on his record, he makes his presence known and is always keeping the quarterbacks sweating.
- In run defense, he is willing to move up and down the defensive line in order to stop the run.· He is a scary tackler. Once he gets to you, there is no way you can escape.
- 35.1 tackles for loss in his career at UConn.
- Excellent strength. This is his most powerful weapon. He shows potential to bust right though blocks using his great strength.
- He does a nice job of batting down passes. Kendall's big hands help him do that.
- He is from Connecticut, not too far from Boston. It is always good to bring in some local talent, the fans like it. (Remember the Chiefs and Iowa.)
These are only a few of the reasons why Reyes is drafted up here, and why New England would want him. I think this is a solid pick to boost the defensive line.
Previously (with approval results)...
9. Carolina Panthers - South Carolina LB/DE Melvin Ingram (Forgot to do a poll)
34. Indianapolis Colts - South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery (Forgot to do a poll)
48. New England Patriots - Connecticut DT Kendall Reyes