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2013 DBN Mock Draft: New England Patriots Select Johnathan Hankins at No. 29

Joe Robbins

With the 29th pick in the 2013 Dawgs By Nature NFL Community Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select...

Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

This selection and write-up was made by roar888:

I was pleasantly surprised as I watched the top DT prospects drop toward the bottom half of the first round. While I know the talk around the water cooler is that the Patriots' most glaring need is at WR, this draft is extremely deep at receiver. If the Patriots stay at 29 (it's not clear whether they're looking to trade back to the early second round or not), Hankins is a great grab for a defensive line that needs a young upgrade to pair with Vince Wilfork.

Hankins is a versatile addition to both the pass rush and run defense. He possesses a great combination of skills, including the ability to eat up blocks, attract double teams, and push the pocket, as well as disrupt the backfield with good quickness for his size. The Patriots have the right pieces to take advantage of his upside while mitigating his downside (lack of stamina) with their depth at DT. With both Brandon Deaderick and Kyle Love in the final year of their contracts, Hankins is a potential long-term solution for the Patriots on both rushing and passing downs.

I think Johnathan Hankins is an instant impact player for New England despite concerns about his stamina entering the NFL. If the Patriots land him at 29, look for them to platoon him with Deaderick and Love, slowly increasing his playing time as they condition him to become an every down asset.

If the Patriots lost their third-round pick by signing Emmanuel Sanders, they are going to have to make their draft picks count, because they don't have many of them. The Patriots have not drafted very well on defense in my opinion, but they should still keep the focus there, as any Tom Brady-led offense will thrive regardless.

The Atlanta Falcons are up next, led by Matt Wood.

2013 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)

Pick Team Player Pos School User
1 Kansas City Dee Milliner CB Alabama BuenosAires_Dawg
2 Jacksonville Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon Adrock2099
3 Oakland Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M TuckJob
4 Philadelphia Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan Chalmdeezy
5 Detroit Ezekiel Ansah DE/OLB BYU macdowellm03
6 Cleveland Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia Cedarpoint2k3
7 Arizona Chance Warmack OG Alabama Mudville
8 Buffalo Geno Smith QB West Virginia Stigosaurus
9 New York Jets Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee notthatnoise
10 Tennessee Kenny Vaccaro SS Texas pt_999
11 San Diego Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma JamesPowell
12 Miami Desmond Trufant CB Washington Weeden2Gordon
13 Tampa Bay Sherrif Floyd DT Florida LessThanJake
14 Carolina Star Lotulelei DT Utah rossn2007
15 New Orleans Damonte Moore DE/OLB Texas A&M Ted Washington's Belly
16 St. Louis Tavon Austin WR West Virginia nickjs21
17 Pittsburgh Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri HenryDawg
18 Dallas Jonathan Cooper OG UNC jimkanicki
19 New York Giants Alex Okafor DE Texas Red-Right-88
20 Chicago Arthur Brown LB Kansas State PaduaDSP
21 Cincinnati Jonathan Cyprien SS FIU troy145
22 St. Louis Alec Ogletree LB Georgia nickjs21
23 Minnesota Bjoern Werner DE Florida State Legoman0721
24 Indianapolis DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson Mike Krupka
25 Minnesota Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State Legoman0721
26 Green Bay Johnathan Jenkins DT Georgia Jon Stinchcomb
27 Houston Keenan Allen WR California The B-Train
28 Denver Barkverious Mingo DE LSU KillerNut
29 New England Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State roar888
30 Atlanta Matt Wood
31 San Francisco rufio
32 Baltimore Ecwingen