PFF Draft Board: New England Patriots

Jon Abbott takes a look at which 2016 draft prospects best fit the Patriots' needs in the first and second rounds.

| 6 months ago
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

PFF Draft Board: New England Patriots

PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 teams, using our draft rankings and our evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second- and third-round picks, along with the complete team-specific draft board including every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the New England Patriots

Round 2 (60th, 61st overall)

Hassan Ridgeway DI Texas

Fifth-best pass rush productivity among interior DL in the draft. Solid production in the run game as well. Would pair with ex-Longhorn Malcolm Brown on the inside in obvious pass rushing situations and fill in the skill set lost with Dominique Easley’s recent release.

Maliek Collins DI Nebraska

Like Ridgeway, Collins projects as an interior penetrator at the next level. Can be overpowered in the run game, but with Alan Branch, Malcolm Brown and Terrence Knighton likely to rotate on snaps in base formations. The Patriots would only need Collins to penetrate in obvious pass-rushing situations.

Daniel Braverman WR Western Michigan

WR is not a position of pressing need for the Patriots, but Braverman is an intriguing prospect for the Patriots because his sharp route running skills fit well with Tom Brady’s skill set. With Danny Amendola not likely to receive upwards of $5 million dollars a year for much longer. Braverman could sit and learn the Patriots’ complicated offensive scheme for a year and replace Amendola at the end of next year or provide depth behind Edelman/Amendola in case of an injury.

Kyle Murphy OT Stanford

Murphy ranked sixth-best in pass blocking efficiency for Power-5 OTs in 2014. Technically sound in pass protection and solid footwork in the run game. Was hurt by his move from RT to LT this season, but would project as a swing tackle to provide injury insurance that Marcus Cannon showed he cannot provide. If he performs well, Murphy could be the Patriots’ RT of the future with Vollmer’s contract up at the end of next season.

Paul Perkins RB UCLA

Perkins has the best elusiveness ranking of all draft eligible RBs, and he was the highest purely rushing graded RB in the class. He can get the most out of poor blocking, but needs work in pass protection. Fits very well with the Patriots as an early-down runner who needs a bigger back complement to LaGarrette Blount, and can make early cuts and get yards when there’s not much there. With Dion Lewis and James White taking all of the pass snaps, this should not be an issue.

Kenneth Dixon RB Louisiana Tech

Dixon is a change of pace back who is good in space and the best pass-catching RB in the class. His player style comparison is Dion Lewis. RBs with these qualities tend to flourish in the Patriots system. He is listed at just under 220 pounds, and the Patriots would hope that he would be able to contribute in-between the tackles as well as on the outside.

Round 3 (91st, 96th overall)

Tyler Boyd WR Pitt

Adequate size at 6-2 to play both the outside and inside. He excelled in both positions throughout his career running a diverse route tree that is largely unseen at the college level. He’s not a big-play threat however, averaging just 10 yards a catch. Boyd’s versatility and size fit well with both New England’s need and scheme. His one weakness (getting downfield) is not a strength of Brady’s, and would fit well to replace Brandon Lafell.

Alex Collins RB Arkansas 

Collins is a high-effort physical runner who fights for extra yards. He is more quick than fast, and can make cuts behind the line of scrimmage when blocking breaks down. Like Perkins, Collins fits well as an early-down complement to Blount who can make quicker cuts to compensate for poor run blocking, which the Patriots have struggled with in recent years.

Ronald Blair DI Appalachian State 

Blair projects as an edge player in base formations at the next level. He doesn’t have the bend around the edge that you would want for a pass-rushing edge player, but excelled as an interior rusher with a top-six pass rushing grade in both 2014 and 2015. He would help to fill the interior rushers void left by Easley’s release.

Shon Coleman OT Auburn 

Coleman is one of the most polished and powerful run blockers in the draft already, but is awkward in pass protection, and would really need lots of development in this area. Would be similar to the Cameron Flemming draft pick in 2014.

Will Redmond CB Mississippi State 

The Patriots are likely to draft a CB at some point in the mid-late rounds of this draft, with Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler returning as the top options. Only seventh-round pick Darryl Roberts and UDFA Justin Coleman return as viable backups. While both played respectfully while they were on the field the Patriots will likely be searching for more depth. Redmond allowed just 37 catches from 2014-2015 before tearing his ACL in Week 7 of this year.

Le’Reaven Clark OT Texas Tech

Freakish athletically but his pass protection fundamentals are non-existent, Clark is definitely a project and a player that the Patriots and Dante Scarnecchia would need to feel like they could develop.

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardNew England Patriots Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State32
DeForest BucknerDIOregon23
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss54
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State75
Myles JackLBUCLA66
Jared GoffQBCal47
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville88
Corey ColemanWRBaylor99
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1210
Josh DoctsonWRTCU1011
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1312
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2313
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1714
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson1115
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2216
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2117
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2518
William Jackson IIICBHouston1519
Eli AppleCBOhio State3120
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2021
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3922
Ryan KellyCAlabama4223
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2724
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4025
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2426
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4727
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1928
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2628
Joshua GarnettGStanford5030
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6231
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3732
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3033
Hassan RidgewayDITexas5734
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5235
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5435
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1637
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3538
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1839
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6140
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4341
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3842
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3343
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina5944
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5645
Su'a CravensLBUSC4846
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3247
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3448
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh8249
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State6850
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9751
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4152
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4452
Shon ColemanOTAuburn9154
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia6754
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4556
Willie HenryDIMichigan9956
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7658
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA4959
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4660
Spencer DrangoGBaylor10761
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5162
Darius LathamDIIndiana8463
Alex CollinsRBArkansas8763
Jeremy CashSDuke5365
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA5866
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin7467
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6368
Will FullerWRNotre Dame6069
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9470
Braxton MillerWROhio State9870
Matt SkuraCDuke12872
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas12672
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6474
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2875
Paxton LynchQBMemphis5576
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8977
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona7178
Steven DanielsLBBoston College10178
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7980
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri10881
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2982
Matt IoannidisDITemple12483
Darron LeeLBOhio State8184
Christian WestermanGArizona State8585
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU6686
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7086
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State10286
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech11989
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8690
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3691
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky10991
Darrell GreeneGSan Diego State15793
Jake McGeeTEFlorida12394
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State11495
Austin HooperTEStanford12596
Joe DahlOTWashington State11297
Darian ThompsonSBoise State8398
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M6999
Germain IfediOTTexas A&M18299
Demarcus AyersWRHouston15099
Vonn BellSOhio State90102
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama77103
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State65104
Xavien HowardCBBaylor80105
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State14106
David MorganTEUTSA153106
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern88108
Connor CookQBMichigan State75109
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State78110
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina96110
Devin LucienWRArizona State92110
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic93110
Will AnthonyEDGENavy132110
Austin BlytheCIowa203115
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State73116
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA118117
Jakeem GrantWRTexas Tech173118
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State138119
Devon CajusteTEStanford174120
Nelson SpruceWRColorado145121
Derrick HenryRBAlabama95122
Tajae SharpeWRUmass180123
Kyle MurphyOTStanford72124
Tavon YoungCBTemple115125
Landon TurnerGNorth Carolina133126
Devontae BookerRBUtah103126
Henry Krieger-CobleTEIowa230128
Cody KesslerQBUSC106128
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma152130
Will RedmondCBMississippi State116131
Artie BurnsCBMiami144132
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia129133
D.J. ReaderDIClemson162134
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame105134
Daniel LascoRBCal141136
Jack AllenCMichigan State122137
Brandon AllenQBArkansas104138
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson146138
Byron MarshallWROregon121140
Jihad WardDIIllinois159141
Jatavis BrownLBAkron131142
Will ParksSArizona100143
Brandon ShellOTSouth Carolina191143
Kenyan DrakeRBAlabama135145
Jonathan WilliamsRBArkansas137145
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida140147
Tyrone HolmesEDGEMontana130148
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State148149
Jayron KearseSClemson120150
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota154151
Trevon ColeyDIFlorida Atlantic186152
Trevone BoykinQBTCU142153
Charles TapperEDGEOklahoma136153
Terrell LathanDITCU167155
Graham GlasgowGMichigan158155
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky156155
Tyler MatakevichLBTemple185158
Perez FordLBNorthern Illinois188158
Tyler GrayLBBoise State160160
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech155160
Kevin HoganQBStanford143162
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State117163
Connor WujciakDIBoston College204164
Kyle RoseDIWest Virginia168165
Sterling BaileyDIGeorgia170165
Delvon SimmonsDIUSC175165
Brennan ScarlettDIStanford178165
Adam GotsisDIGeorgia Tech177165
Jhurell PressleyRBNew Mexico179165
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon111171
Eddie YarbroughEDGEWyoming192171
Keanu NealSFlorida176173
Rashard RobinsonCBLSU200174
Nick VigilLBUtah State205174
KeiVarae RussellCBNotre Dame171176
Corey TindalCBMarshall172176
Kolby ListenbeeWRTCU181176
Dadi Lhomme NicholasEDGEVirginia Tech161179
Aaron WallaceEDGEUCLA166179
Eric StrikerEDGEOklahoma165179
Miles KillebrewSSouther Utah187182
Jordan JenkinsEDGEGeorgia127183
Caleb AzubikeEDGEVanderbilt209183
Boston StiversonGKansas State237185
Jarell BroxtonGBaylor238185
Vadal AlexanderGLSU243185
Cody CoreWROle Miss184188
Kenny LawlerWRCal193188
Justin SimmonsSBoston College163190
Yannick NgakoueEDGEMaryland134191
Ryker MathewsGBYU164192
Quniton JeffersonDIMaryland210193
Ted KarrasGIllinois213193
Bryson AlbrightEDGEMiami (OH)195195
Travis FeeneyEDGEWashington196195
Blake MartinezLBStanford198197
Donte DeayonCBBoise State199197
Teddy RubenWRTroy212197
Cardale JonesQBOhio State222200
Alex EricksonWRWisconsin227201
D.J. PettwayEDGEAlabama211202
Curt MaggittEDGETennessee207202
Tyler RobertsLBTroy215204
Jenson StoshakWRFlorida Atlantic214204
Jordan WilliamsWRBall State218204
D.J. FosterWRArizona State216204
Max TuerkCUSC113208
Joey HuntCTCU189208
Rees OdhiamboGBoise State190208
DeAndre WashingtonRBTexas Tech194208
Tyler ErvinRBSan Jose State197208
Alex McCalisterEDGEFlorida169213
Alex LewisOTNebraska183214
Clayton FejedelemSIllinois201215
Tanner McEvoySWisconsin206215
Ian SeauEDGENevada219217
Matt JudonEDGEGrand Valley State220217
Connor McGovernGMissouri202219
Jesse ChapmanCAppalachian State241220
Jake BrendelCUCLA245220
Vincent ValentineDINebraska234220
Martavius FosterDIColorado State240220
Josh FergusonRBIllinois235220
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110225
John TheusOTGeorgia231226
Jerald HawkinsOTLSU232226
Justin MurrayOTCincinnati249226
Deion JonesLBLSU250226
Prince Charles IworahCBWestern Kentucky225226
Jalen MillsCBLSU247226
Mitch MathewsWRBYU226226
Charone PeakeWRClemson229226
Chris MooreWRCincinnati236226
Trevor DavisWRCal239226
T.J. GreenSClemson217236
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech139237
Praise Martin-OguikeEDGETemple208238
Mike RoseEDGENC State223239
Victor OchiEDGEStony Brook244239
Cory LittletonEDGEWashington246239
Nick ArbuckleQBGeorgia State242239
Jimmy BeanEDGEOklahoma State248239
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State147244
Mike HiltonSOle Miss233245
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State151246
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech149246
Wendell SmallwoodRBWest Virginia228248
Dak PrescottQBMississippi State221249
Roger LewisWRBowling Green224250

  • John

    They’ve got this board all wrong:
    1. It is clear that the Patriots are moving to a 3-4 defense. The fact that they released Chris Jones after releasing Easley would indicate that they are not interest in 3-tech DTs. There is essentially zero chance that they use one of their second round picks on a position that they won’t have a lot of use for this season. If a player like A’Shawn Robinson were to fall to the end of the second round, he would make sense as a defensive end.
    2. All of the OTs listed here are players that excel in run blocking, but struggle with pass blocking. If the Patriots learned anything from last year, that is inadequate. Right now, they do not need to worry about RT, as they have Vollmer for at least one more season. The far bigger concern is having a backup LT that can reliably protect against the pass rush. Vollmer showed that he is simply not an adequate LT, in fact, he lead the offensive line in sacks surrendered. The Patriots may use a second round pick on an offensive lineman, but these guys don’t make sense. A player like Joe Thuney makes far more sense for them. He may have a lower upside than these players do, but he can play LT and he excels against in pass protection. Therefore, he is a natural choice for one of the second round picks.
    3. The running back choices don’t make sense. Why do they need Kenneth Dixon? They already have Lewis and James White for that role. Alex Collins has fumbling issues and BB doesn’t tolerate that. Devontae Booker makes more sense as a second round choice.

    • Tim Edell

      Seems like you have it all figured out Junior!!?!!