NFL mock draft power rankings
NFL mock draft power rankings
Know what’s a lot of fun? Doing a mock draft. Know that’s the absolute worst? Doing mock drafts. After coming up with an original mock in which you believe, you change it from week to week, often just for the sake of change. It’s frustrating and nobody totally believes in what they’re doing.
Mock drafts are similar to power rankings in their ultimate uselessness and ability to draw eyes. So, in an ability to keep an eye on the draft as it relates to the Patriots, we’re combining the two.
Each week, we’ll take a look at all the recent mock drafts and present them in power rankings form. Like most power rankings, the order doesn’t really matter. It’s all about the short little blurb.
5. CHARLEY CASSERLY, NFL.COM (March 7)
Casserly has the Patriots taking David Njoku out of Miami, though he speculates that Belichick is “not likely to stay” at No. 32.
This mock draft projects three trades, the first of which sees the 49ers get the second overall pick from the 49ers for Kirk Cousins. He doesn’t specify what else the 49ers would get in that deal, but people trade so much for quarterbacks these days that maybe such a deal would be plausible. Glennon’s America, amiright?
Casserly also projects the Eagles to trade the 14th overall pick to the Saints for Brandin Cooks and the Titans to trade down from No. 18 to 23 and still get Corey Davis. Not sure Davis would be at No. 18, let alone 23.
4. ROB RANG, CBSSPORTS.COM/SPORTS XCHANGE (March 7)
Rang also has the Pats taking Njoku, deducing that the Pats will likely be in need of a tight if and when Martellus Bennett departs.
Of the teams linked to Jimmy Garoppolo, only the 49ers don’t go QB in the first round, with Rang projecting Mitch Trubisky to Chicago at No. 3, DeShone Kizer to Cleveland at No. 12 and Patrick Mahomes II to Arizona a pick later. Rang gives Deshaun Watson to the Bills with the 10th pick. That’s four QBs in the first 13 picks. And they all might stink!
Running back Christian McCaffrey has been linked to the Patriots as a possibility at the end of the first round, but Rang has him coming off the board to the Giants at No. 23.
3. WALTERFOOTBALL.COM (March 8)
This gallery is more or less a David Njoku calendar because seemingly everyone -- including Walter Cherepinsky -- projects him to go to the Patriots at No. 32.
McCaffrey goes to the Bucs at No. 19 in this one, with Cherepinsky noting that McCaffrey’s decision to skip the stupid Sun Bowl isn’t affecting his stock much.
2. EMILY KAPLAN, SI.COM/MMQB (March 8)
Hey! Someone has the Pats taking somebody other than David Njoku!
Kaplan projects Alabama defensive end/linebacker Tim Williams to the Pats in the very offseason that could see them lose a star Alabama player in Dont’a Hightower. Great line from Kaplan: “The Patriots can squeeze the most out of his talent, then when his rookie contract expires, let someone else pay big bucks for him. Wash, rinse, repeat.”
(I miss David Njoku.)
1. WILL BRINSON, CBS SPORTS (March 7)
Brinson projects Eastern Washington’s Cooper Kupp at No. 32, calling him a “perfectly Patriots player.” 🤔🤔🤔
Kupp would be a very intriguing pick for a team that has not drafted a receiver in the first round under Bill Belichick. With the Pats’ receivers getting up their in age with the exception of Malcolm Mitchell, it might be wise to grab someone like Kupp, who broke all sorts of FCS receiving records.