With the 27th Pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the New England Patriots Select...

BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 03: Shea McClellin #92 of the Boise State Broncos reacts after a play against the New Mexico Lobos at Bronco Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

With the 27th pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select...

Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State

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

Trying to predict a Belichick 1st round draft choice is like trying to predict how many "Masshole’s" will cut you off on the way to work in the morning - You know there’s going to be more than one, but you’re not entirely sure where they’ll be coming from. Due to this, my access to Boston’s local radio, media, and blogs matters-not as the Pats continue to be a mock-draft rubix cube. Often times, they "reach" and they have a high propensity to trade down into the 2nd round. What I do know is that Belichick and crew likes to do one of two things with their first round choice, assuming they keep the draft choice: 1. Pick defense – or 2. Add to their Offensive Line. This write-up predicts the latter.

The Patriots will be losing their edge-rushing core this offseason and are due to re-load. Andre Carter and Mark Anderson combined to produce 20 sacks and 4 forced fumbles last season, but the Patriot’s methodology of cold-shouldering productive vets versus resigning them is fully in play here. For a team that has been in the NFL-cellar in defensive passing yards (2nd worst in NFL this year), the Patriots need to get a better rush on the quarterback and help their crappy swiss cheese developing secondary. Enter Shea McClellin from Boise State. Shea is viewed as the second coming of Mike Vrabel in due to his versatility, high-character, and quarterback-attacking abilities. He played DE for Boise State, but has shown great ability to drop-back into coverage at the Senior Bowl and many teams hope he’s still there in the 2nd round. Mr. Belichick won’t let that happen.

This is exactly the type of pick I could see the Patriots making. It seems to fit in with their drafting of not getting someone too flashy, but rather someone who will fill the void left by previous veterans. New England is up again in a couple of picks, and I wonder if they'll go with another defensive end/pass rusher type.

The Green Bay Packers are on the clock next (pick received by ScottJC).

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
ScottJC
29 Baltimore Ecwingen
30 San Francisco -bobby-
31 New England
Boston Browns
32 N.Y. Giants
Red-Right-88
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