The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We continue the second round with the New England Patriots and pick No. 62.
With the 62nd pick in the SB Nation NFL writer's mock draft, the New England Patriots select LSU safety Brandon Taylor.
For the fourth time, Greg Knopping of PatsPulpit.com is back up with the pick. Read his explanation after the jump.
Greg Knopping explains: With the 62nd pick, I was really in a unique position from a Patriots perspective. With the first three picks, I addressed the front seven of the defense with the selections of Whitney Mercilus, Kendall Reyes, and Shea McClellin. That left the biggest Patriots need as safety. I considered going BPA (possibly WR Mohamed Sanu), but at the same time, safety is such a big need for the Patriots that I didn't think I could leave the position unaddressed. While it would have been ideal to get a safety such as Mark Barron or Harrison Smith with one of my previous picks, Barron was never available and Smith went right before the Patriots last pick at 47 to the Jets. So at 62, that left three safeties remaining that I would consider: George Illoka, Markelle Martin, and Brandon Taylor.
None of these three safeties is anywhere close to being a finished product, but all are late 2nd - 3rd round prospects who have some strengths and could become immediate contributors in the Patriots secondary. Ultimately, I went with LSU's Brandon Taylor, who has risen up draft boards as of late and who the Patriots have shown some interest in. Taylor is a reliable safety who is both smart and hard working - two characteristics the Patriots love in their defenders. He can be a force against the run in the box, is instinctive in coverage, and while has only average athleticism and coverage skills for the position, I think he could develop into a solid starter at strong safety for the Patriots (with Patrick Chung transitioning to free safety).
Dan Kadar responds: Out of those three choices, Iloka, Martin and Taylor, the LSU safety is the better pick. Iloka and Martin are better coverage safeties, but Taylor is a better tackler. Four players on defense may seem like overkill, but it goes to show how much the Patriots need.
Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects
|1||Indianapolis Colts||Andrew Luck||QB||Stanford||Story|
|2||Washington Redskins||Robert Griffin III||QB||Baylor||Story|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||Matt Kalil||OT||USC||Story|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Justin Blackmon||WR||Oklahoma State||Story|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Morris Claiborne||CB||LSU||Story|
|6||St. Louis Rams||Trent Richardson||RB||Alabama||Story|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||Quinton Coples||DE||North Carolina||Story|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Ryan Tannehill||QB||Texas A&M||Story|
|9||Carolina Panthers||Fletcher Cox||DT||Mississippi State||Story|
|10||Buffalo Bills||Mike Adams||OT||Ohio State||Story|
|11||Kansas City Chiefs||Riley Reiff||OT||Iowa||Story|
|12||Seattle Seahawks||Courtney Upshaw||OLB||Alabama||Story|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||Jonathan Martin||OT||Stanford||Story|
|14||Dallas Cowboys||David DeCastro||G||Stanford||Story|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||Luke Kuechly||LB||Boston College||Story|
|16||New York Jets||Melvin Ingram||DE||South Carolina||Story|
|17||Cincinnati Bengals||Stephon Gilmore||CB||South Carolina||Story|
|18||San Diego Chargers||Mark Barron||S||Alabama||Story|
|19||Chicago Bears||Michael Floyd||WR||Notre Dame||Story|
|20||Tennessee Titans||Dre Kirkpatrick||CB||Alabama||Story|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Cordy Glenn||OT||Georgia||Story|
New England Patriots
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers
New England Patriots
New York Giants
St. Louis Rams
|36||Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|39||St. Louis Rams
||Alshon Jeffery||WR||South Carolina
|44||Kansas City Chiefs
|47||New York Jets
|48||New England Patriots
|49||San Diego Chargers
|59||Green Bay Packers