J.J. Watt - Defensive End - Wisconsin
In the real world, the Patriots trade out of this pick to a team looking to pounce on this top 15 talent whose taken an unexpected tumble. Watt is a fairly raw talent, with a high motor and a reputation of being a team leader.
Here's why I chose him over others:
Watt marks the second selection in this mock for the Patriots:
17th: Aldon Smith OLB/Missouri
28th: J.J. Watt DE/Wisconsin
When I picked at 17, I chose from a pool of 4 players I was targeting: Aldon Smith, Cameron Jordan, Gabe Carimi and J.J. Watt.
I prefer them in that order, but all four of them seemed like a good value at 17. So needless to say, I'm ecstatic to see Watt fall to me at 28. I had no intention to go pass rush again with this pick. I wanted Derek Sherrod or Anthony Castonzo to fall. But Watts availability, and with Mike Pouncey being the only first round talent left at offensive line I had to make a quick change of strategy.
Also, I just could not, in good conscience, let J.J. Watt fall to the Jets at 28. He would be perfect for you guys, and an absolute steel that late in the first round.
Aldon Smith and J.J. Watt give the Patriots two Top 15 talents to add to their revamped pass rush, and I must say I'm feeling pretty good about where we're heading.
Brandon Merriweather Patrick Chung
Aldon Smith Jermaine Cunningham
This give the Patriots a very solid starting eleven, with out any glaring weaknesses. And while Bill should keep his eyes open for a replacement for Brandon Merriweather, as his off the field status is uncertain, the likes of Jarrad Page, Brandon Mcgowan, James Sanders, and Sergio Brown make that need far from urgent. (Its not like Merriweather was all the productive last year anyway.)
But I'll see you guys again at 33! There certainly are a lot of good options still available.
Lemme know what you guys think.