2012 New England Patriots mock drafts show just how much talent the 2012 NFL Draft could provide the team. With two first round picks as well as two second round picks, the Patriots could soon add even more depth to an already talented roster. While many of the NFL mock drafts out there differ in opinion about which direction the Patriots might go, ESPN’s Todd McShay has projected every single pick that the team has in this year’s draft. It’s an interesting look at which positions the Patriots most want to improve at for the 2012 NFL season.
2012 NFL Draft Order
2012 NFL Draft Schedule
The first pick for the Patriots comes at No. 27, thanks to a previous trade with the New Orleans Saints. In that slot, McShay projects that the team will go after Boise State outside linebacker Shea McClellin. Then at the No. 31 selection, New England is projected to add another defensive star in Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith. Getting two more college stars on defense could certainly help the Patriots improve a young defense that was starting to look very impressive towards the end of the 2011 NFL season.
In the second round, the Patriots are projected to select Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes with the No. 48 pick and then Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward with the No. 62 pick. Netting four defensive stars in the first 62 picks might make the Patriots the envy of the 2012 NFL Draft. After that though, the Patriots are projected to draft Troy guard James Brown at No. 93 and Michigan State running back Edwin Backer at No. 126, giving the offense a little boost as well.
That is where the 2012 NFL Draft comes to a close for New England, barring any potential trades that could pop up during the seven rounds. Having four picks in the first two rounds is a pretty good haul for any team though and it might frustrate fans of other franchises that the Patriots are about to get even better.