SB Nation's 2011 NFL mock draft rolls on into the second round with the New England Patriots picking 33rd. Pats Pulpit has a range of prospects to choose from but has decided to go defense once again picking LB Brooks Reed out of Arizona.
Pats Pulpit runs down the numbers on Reed:
Reed has an explosive first step, and ran one of the fastest 10-yard splits at the Combine at 1.54 seconds. In fact, his 10-yard split was even faster than Georgia's A.J. Green. While it's hard to measure a prospect largely on what he did at the Combine, Reed showed good side-to-side quickness and better fluidity than expected in the linebacker drills. Add in the fact that Reed ran a 4.65, and has the build of a typical Patriots 3-4 outside linebacker at 6'3" and 263 lbs., and you've got a multitude of reasons why Reed could be an excellent pick for the Patriots.
He can step into the Patriots system and immediately be surrounded by veterans and one of the best coaches in the league -- it's not a bad situation. Reed clearly has some things to work on but he could be solid value for the Pats here if he can contribute early.
For the full explanation of the pick, check out Mocking The Draft.