With the 29th pick in the 2014 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select...
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
This selection and write-up was made by roar888:
The Patriots are in serious need of depth on the defensive line, particularly on the outside. Having a solid rotation in the trenches is a huge factor in the defense's effectiveness later in the game. Ealy is the perfect candidate for that third DE, the one who can step in and play up to half the snaps with minimal production drop off. He has great size and athleticism, and his pass rushing skills make him a good fit in the Patriots' four man front.
Ealy's raw talent also means that he could start for New England in the near future, making this more than just a depth pick. He showed serious potential at Missouri, logging 14.5 TFL and 9.5 sacks in his final season there. His biggest downside is a lack of power and strength, but because the Patriots will not expect him to start right away, they can deliberately rotate him into situations that minimize that weakness until he develops the frame and footwork to minimize it himself.
Ealy's immediate role for the Patriots will be as a rotational pass rusher, though his snaps will likely be punctuated with big plays. He has a lot of raw talent, and he will make a case for more playing time right out of the gate.
This is the definition of an un-sexy first-round pick, and it seems to fit what the Patriots would do. This seems to be the direction the Patriots are going, though -- re-building the defensive line. This won't be a pick that wins the Patriots a championship this year, but it has the long-term mentality in mind.
The San Francisco 49ers are up next, led by corey.freuen.
2014 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)
|1||Houston Texans||Teddy Bridgewater||QB||Louisville||Weeden2Gordon|
|2||St. Louis Rams||Jadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina||Matt Wood|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Khalil Mack||OLB||Buffalo||Bumblyjack|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||Ryan216|
|5||Oakland Raiders||Greg Robinson||OT||Auburn||TuckJob|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Jake Matthews||OT||Texas A&M||Haden Dawg|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Aaron Donald||DT||Pittsburgh||Henry Dawg|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||Derek Carr||QB||Fresno State||PaduaDSP|
|9||Buffalo Bills||Eric Ebron||TE||North Carolina||Stigosaurus|
|10||Detroit Lions||Sammy Watkins||WR||Clemson||tmptplayer|
|11||Tennessee Titans||Justin Gilbert||CB||Oklahoma St.||Brownie's Year|
|12||New York Giants||Anthony Barr||OLB||UCLA||MJRisme|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Blake Bortles||QB||UCF||Matt Wood|
|14||Chicago Bears||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||S||Alabama||The Beast Mode|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Darqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State||Siberian Husky|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Taylor Lewan||OT||Michigan||Royce Groff|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||Calvin Pryor||S||Louisville||OhioCityBrownsBeliever|
|18||New York Jets||Mike Evans||WR||Texas A&M||OldSaltyDawg|
|19||Miami Dolphins||Ryan Shazier||ILB||Ohio State||Brocolis154033|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||C.J. Mosley||ILB||Alabama||a2342432a|
|21||Green Bay Packers||Jimmie Ward||S||N. Illinois||Manly and Loving It|
|22||Philadelphia Eagles||Brandin Cooks||WR||Oregon State||Ted Washington's Belly
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Odell Beckham Jr||WR||LSU||Legoman0721|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Kyle Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech||troy145|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Jason Verrett||CB||TCU||Crawford_T|
|26||Cleveland Browns||Allen Robinson||WR||Penn State||StuckInPa|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Dee Ford||DE||Auburn||Adam Rice|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Marqise Lee||WR||USC||Jon Stinchcomb|
|29||New England Patriots||Kony Ealy||DE||Missouri||roar888|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||corey.freuen|