2013 NFL Draft - New England Patriots

Posted Apr 28, 2013

New England Patriots - AFC East, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects

New England Patriots

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City |  Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay    
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OLB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss 6-4, 250
Overall Pick No. 52 CFN Position Rank: 5
On a miserable team with nothing positive happening, he turned in a scintillating season as a big-time pass rusher and a great tackler. A former quarterback, he plays like it with great smarts and instincts to be a few moves ahead of everyone else. Phenomenally athletic, he blew up the Combine jumping out of the stadium and cutting and moving like a defensive back. Able to work inside or out, or be used as a defensive end, he’s one of the most versatile all-around defenders in the draft. He’s a little bit tall and rangy and he has to get stronger – he’s not a blow-up tackler – and he’ll get and stayed blocked a little too easily. He’ll find a role in some way and could become a terror of a pass rusher in time, but there’s too much talent and too much athleticism to not find a good role in any style of defense.
CFN Projection: Third Round

WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall 6-3, 210
Overall Pick No. 59 CFN Position Rank: 13
Great size with the NFL look, he’s built like a next-level receiver with just enough functional speed to work on the outside, but with the body and the hands to make things happen in traffic and fight for the ball. While he has smallish hands, he grabs everything remotely in his range with the ability to make the spectacular look routine. With good toughness and blocking ability, he can do it all. He’s missing the deep wheels to take the top off a defense, and the production was merely average last year with 57 catches and just three scores in a top passing offense, but he has the want-to and skills to become a good, sound starter.
CFN Projection: Third Round


CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers (Jr.) 5-11, 191
Overall Pick No. 83 CFN Position Rank: 5
A good-sized, strong defender, he has the right frame and the right look for a starting NFL quarterback. It would be nice if he was a half-tick faster, but he plays quick and he makes up for several concerns with tremendous tackling ability. Physical, he’s a stats guy who brings is against the run, but he also moves nicely and can stay with the quicker receivers. A better football player than a workout warrior, he’s missing all the next-level tools missing the raw speed and without special skills. You don’t want a secondary full of Ryans, but he’ll be very consistent and very tough as a nice playmaker who’ll be a nice starter for a long time.
CFN Projection: Second Round

S Duron Harmon, Rutgers 6-0, 198
Overall Pick No. 90 CFN Position Rank: Not Ranked 


DE Michael Buchanan, Illinois 6-5, 255
Overall Pick No. 226 CFN Position Rank: 13
If he gets with the right team and the right coach, he could be one of the biggest steals of the draft if he falls outside of the third round – he could be just scratching the surface. The talent has always been there to become an elite pass rushing end, but he still hasn’t been able to put it all together. With good quickness and athleticism, he could work as an outside linebacker or a smallish end and he has all the basics to become a pass rushing terror with a little bit of time. Keeping weight on could be a problem after having a hard time staying up over 250 on a regular basis after his jaw was wired shut, and it showed as he got shoved around way too easily. He’ll never hold up against the run and he needs a lot of work to come up with a slew of moves, but he has the upside to become a dangerous specialist.
CFN Projection: Third Round

ILB Steve Beauharnais, Rutgers 6-1, 240
Overall Pick No. 235 CFN Position Rank: 6
All of a sudden, his stock was upped with a fantastic Combine. There isn’t anything flashy about his style of play or what he does on the field, but he showed the potential to become far more after ripping through the short drills at Indy. All questions about his quickness were answered, but he doesn’t really play that way on the field getting to whatever comes his way and not doing much to go sideline to sideline. He doesn’t miss a tackle and he’s as tough as nails against the run, and he’ll be as sound and solid as any inside linebacker in the draft. While he might not be anything special, there’s no floor. He’ll be a cheap starter available in the later rounds.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round