Birds Scoop Mock Draft- Pick 32 New England Patriots

The Super Bowl Champs are up at pick 32 to finish out our mock draft.  I hate this team with a passion, but they flat out get the job done every year and I’m envious of their success.  This season could be a stiffer test in the AFC East along with some of the departures of key players.  However, I still expect Tom Brady and Bill Belichick to be AFC East Champs once again if not more.  Running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen both left via free agency to New York.  Ridley went to the Jets and Vereen to the Giants.  Vereen will likely be replaced by Travaris Cadet who was picked up from New Orleans to assume the receiver type role that Vereen held down.  LeGarrette Blount will be the hammer of the offense assuming he stays out of trouble and Brandon Bolden could be mixed in more as well.  The Patriots receiving corps remain the same with the addition of Brandon Gibson who knows the AFC East well from his time with Miami.  Veteran tight end Scott Chandler was signed after being released from Buffalo.  New England’s offensive line in front of Tom Brady brings back the same cast which is often rotated throughout the season by Belichick.  The majority of the changes to the Patriots roster occurred on the defensive side of the ball.  Stalwart defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was finally let go by the team due to contract disagreement.  Wilfork latched on with the Texans whom he should help immensely.  Defensive end Jabaal Sheard was signed to a two year deal from the Browns and is a very under the radar signing by the Hoodie.  Outside linebacker Akeem Akerys who was acquired via trade last season signed with St. Louis in the offseason.  New England has a very solid trio of Dont’a Hightower, Jerod Mayo and Jamie Collins.  Mercenary cornerback Darrelle Revis changed teams once again signing with the rival Jets to reunite with the franchise who drafted him years ago.  Revis did his part last year for the Patriots and got his Super Bowl so if I were a Pats fan that works for me.  Fellow starting cornerback Brandon Browner was released in the offseason as well creating two starting spots in the secondary.  Kyle Arrington, Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, Alfonzo Dennard, Chimdi Chewka, Logan Ryan and most importantly former Eagle Bradley Fletcher will compete for the starting spots.  The Patriots will definitely draw a few players at this position as well.  New England was able to retain Pro Bowl safety Devin McCourty after the Eagles and Giants reportedly pushed hard for him.  The defending champs will kick off the 2015 NFL season on Thursday night at home versus Pittsburgh.  Some other early season matchups include road contests against Indianapolis and Dallas.  The Eagles will travel to Foxborough in Week 13.  With the 32nd and final pick in the 2015 Birds Scoop Mock Draft the New England Patriots select…

DJ Humphries- Offensive Tackle (Florida)

Humphries was graded out as a first round talent which would fall right in line where the Patriots select him.  I’m sure he would be thrilled by that extra salary boost as well for being a first round pick.  The Florida product is described as having a nasty demeanor and carrying that after the whistle as well.  Humphries is praised for his dominance as a run blocker and ability to get to linebackers at the second level.  He also uses angles very well to secure in both run and pass blocking.  The drawback with Humphries is he’s described as a leaner and lunger according to scouts far too often losing his balance when trying to go after blocks.  Coaches will need to work with him as well on the use of his hands which can be all over the place according to scouts.  He will need to find ways to harness his power into his pass protection.  Tackle Sebastian Vollmer is entering his 7th season with the Patriots and could be nearing the end of his time there.  Humphries might not be the starter this year, but he could be a viable replacement once Vollmer moves on.

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