With the 31st Pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the New England Patriots Select...

Mar 7, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick (21) during pro day at the indoor practice facility at the University of Alabama. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE

With the 31st pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select...

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

This selection and write-up was made by Boston Browns:

The Patriots thought they found a gem in Devin McCourty after his stellar rookie campaign, but he struggled mightily last year and was moved/demoted to safety. This puts the front-office on high-alert for a top-end cornerback to pair with youngster Ras-I Dowling and Kyle Arrington. Dre Kirkpatrick at Pick #31 addresses this glaring weakness and the team is happy to pair him with Shea McClellin. Dre possesses prototypical size and strength and is best leveraged in press coverage and run support - given his physicality at the line of scrimmage general aggressiveness. I see the Patriots using Dre in their "gunner" positions on the punt and kickoff teams initially, where he can learn to properly harness these assets while learning defensive schemes. Make no mistake, Dre is a beast. As a Browns fan that’s subjected to watching New England cable television, I look forward to seeing him blitz off the edge and utterly "Hit Stick" the mole off-of Mark Sanchez’s face.

The Patriots can always use some players to help in their secondary, especially since they'll be going up against Peyton Manning probably twice this season (once in the regular season, once in the playoffs). Yes -- I already jump to "playoffs," because unless the Patriots lose Tom Brady, they are guaranteed to make the postseason.

The New York Giants are on the clock next (email will be sent to Red-Right-88).

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Indianapolis Andrew Luck
QB Stanford Ryno III
2 Washington
Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Groza
3 Minnesota Matt Kalil LT USC pt_999
4 Cleveland Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State rufio
5 Tampa Bay
Trent Richardson RB Alabama Rounds94
6 St. Louis Morris Claiborne CB LSU SpecialBrownie
7 Jacksonville Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Chalmdeezy
8 Miami Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama gentryholdem
9 Carolina Dontari Poe DT Memphis nickjs21
10 Buffalo Melvin Ingram OLB South Carolina The New Kardiac Kids
11 Kansas City
David DeCastro OG Stanford Brownie's Year
12 Seattle Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College Jon @ DBN
13 Arizona Riley Reiff OT Iowa Browns town
14 Dallas Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama bross09
15 Philadelphia Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State PaduaDSP
16 N.Y. Jets
Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Legoman0721
17 Cincinnati
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech Bernie19Kosar
18 San Diego Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois Adrock2099
19 Chicago Jonathan Martin OT Stanford OrangeAndBrownFever
20 Tennessee Andre Branch DE Clemson iwearmocs
21 Cincinnati Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Bernie19Kosar
22 Cleveland Nick Perry DE USC rufio
23 Detroit Mark Barron S Alabama nickmar19
24 Pittsburgh Donta Hightower LB Alabama rdy
25 Denver Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State notthatnoise
26 Houston Kendall Wright WR Baylor troy145
27 New England
Shea McClellin OLB Boise State Boston Browns
28 Green Bay
Devon Still DE Penn State ScottJC
29 Baltimore Michael Brockers DT LSU Ecwingen
30 San Francisco Cordy Glenn OG Georgia -bobby-
31 New England Dre Kirkpatrick
CB Alabama Boston Browns
32 N.Y. Giants
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