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Patriots 2014 Mock Draft Tracker

Posted Apr 17, 2014

Patriots.com has collected what the top 'experts' are predicting the Patriots will do in the first round come draft weekend. We will be updating this feature regularly to reflect changes in any of the mocks represented.

EXPERT:  Mel Kiper, JR. | ESPN Insider

PICK: RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN, DT, Minnesota

LAST UPDATED: March 27, 2014.

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
A raw, converted tight end with a basketball background, Ra'Shede Hageman is a big, athletic, finesse three-technique with intriguing dimensions and movement skills who fits best in an aggressive, one-gap scheme where he could fire into gaps. Will probably be restricted to nickel pass-rush duty initially until the game slows down for him, but has impact potential if he ever figures it out. Is still maturing, having endured a harrowing childhood to get to where he is today, and would be best served landing in a structured environment with veteran mentorship. Classic boom-or-bust prospect.

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PREVIOUS PICK: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech


EXPERT: Todd McShay | ESPN Insider

PICK: LOUIS NIX III, DT, Notre Dame

LAST UPDATED: April 10, 2014.


NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
Despite standing to benefit from a more dominant senior season in South Bend, Louis Nix III, who already graduated, opted to forgo his final year of eligibility in order to provide for 13 siblings. He does not enter the NFL with momentum, having coped with knee tendinitis before season-ending surgery to repair a torn left meniscus, and too often his gregarious personality and media hype overshadowed his performance. However, if the massive interior defender taps into his power more consistently, Nix has ample mass, strength and athleticism to anchor a "30" front as a space-eating, block-occupying run stuffer.

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PREVIOUS PICK: Ra'shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota


EXPERT: Mike Mayock | NFL.com

PICK: JACE AMARO, TE, Texas Tech

LAST UPDATED: February 18, 2014 (via national conference call)

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
Jace Amaro put up ridiculous numbers in 2013, catching 106 passes for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns. He spends a lot of time flexed in the slot but he will also put his hand on the ground as a traditional inline tight end. He isn't sudden but he's a very smooth route-runner. He had several high-point catches in the games I studied but he also had a couple drops after contact. I love his competitiveness after the catch. He routinely carries defenders for extra yardage. As a blocker, I was surprised with his strength and ability to seal the edge.

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EXPERT: Pete Prisco | CBSSports.com

PICK: RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN, DT, Minnesota

LAST UPDATED:
April 16, 2014.

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
A raw, converted tight end with a basketball background, Ra'Shede Hageman is a big, athletic, finesse three-technique with intriguing dimensions and movement skills who fits best in an aggressive, one-gap scheme where he could fire into gaps. Will probably be restricted to nickel pass-rush duty initially until the game slows down for him, but has impact potential if he ever figures it out. Is still maturing, having endured a harrowing childhood to get to where he is today, and would be best served landing in a structured environment with veteran mentorship. Classic boom-or-bust prospect. .

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PREVIOUS PICK: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville


EXPERT: Pat Kirwan | CBS Sports

PICK: RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN, DT, Minnesota

LAST UPDATED: April 11, 2014

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
A raw, converted tight end with a basketball background, Ra'Shede Hageman is a big, athletic, finesse three-technique with intriguing dimensions and movement skills who fits best in an aggressive, one-gap scheme where he could fire into gaps. Will probably be restricted to nickel pass-rush duty initially until the game slows down for him, but has impact potential if he ever figures it out. Is still maturing, having endured a harrowing childhood to get to where he is today, and would be best served landing in a structured environment with veteran mentorship. Classic boom-or-bust prospect.

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PREVIOUS PICK:
Dee Ford, DE, Auburn


EXPERT: Rob Rang | NFLDraftScout.com

PICK:  KONY EALY, DE, Missouri 

LAST UPDATED: April 14, 2014.

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
Big, athletic, ascending, pass-rush talent with the size, burst and flexibility to pressurize the edge as a right defensive end. Is not a finished product, particularly as a run defender, but should only become more disruptive as his strength, technique and savvy catch up with his natural physical ability. Could also draw looks as a 3-4 rush linebacker.

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PREVIOUS PICK: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State


EXPERT: Andy Hart | Patriots Football Weekly

PICK: LOUIS NIX III, DT, Notre Dame

LAST UPDATED: April 11, 2014.

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
Despite standing to benefit from a more dominant senior season in South Bend, Louis Nix III, who already graduated, opted to forgo his final year of eligibility in order to provide for 13 siblings. He does not enter the NFL with momentum, having coped with knee tendinitis before season-ending surgery to repair a torn left meniscus, and too often his gregarious personality and media hype overshadowed his performance. However, if the massive interior defender taps into his power more consistently, Nix has ample mass, strength and athleticism to anchor a "30" front as a space-eating, block-occupying run stuffer.

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PREVIOUS PICK: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington


EXPERT: Don Banks | SI.com
 
PICK: RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN, DT, Minnesota

LAST UPDATED: April  2014.

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
A raw, converted tight end with a basketball background, Ra'Shede Hageman is a big, athletic, finesse three-technique with intriguing dimensions and movement skills who fits best in an aggressive, one-gap scheme where he could fire into gaps. Will probably be restricted to nickel pass-rush duty initially until the game slows down for him, but has impact potential if he ever figures it out. Is still maturing, having endured a harrowing childhood to get to where he is today, and would be best served landing in a structured environment with veteran mentorship. Classic boom-or-bust prospect. .

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PREVIOUS PICK: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech.


EXPERT: Dane Brugler | NFLDraftScout.com

PICK: C.J. MOSLEY, ILB, Alabama

LAST UPDATED: April 14, 2014.

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
Smart, instinctive, fast-flowing, every-down linebacker capable of manning any position in a "40" front or steering a defense from the weak side in a "30" front, where he starred for a national-championship defense as a junior and carried the Tide as a senior. Has the football temperament, desire and work habits to emerge as a tackling machine in the pros. Has Pro Bowl potential.

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PREVIOUS PICK: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
 

EXPERT: Daniel Jeremiah | NFL.com/NFL Network

PICK: RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN, DT, Minnesota 

LAST UPDATED: April 9 2014.

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
A raw, converted tight end with a basketball background, Ra'Shede Hageman is a big, athletic, finesse three-technique with intriguing dimensions and movement skills who fits best in an aggressive, one-gap scheme where he could fire into gaps. Will probably be restricted to nickel pass-rush duty initially until the game slows down for him, but has impact potential if he ever figures it out. Is still maturing, having endured a harrowing childhood to get to where he is today, and would be best served landing in a structured environment with veteran mentorship. Classic boom-or-bust prospect. .

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PREVIOUS PICK: Xavier Su'a-Filo, G UCLA


EXPERT: Charles Davis | NFL.com

PICK:  LOUIS NIX III, DT, Notre Dame

LAST UPDATED:
March 18, 2014.

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
Despite standing to benefit from a more dominant senior season in South Bend, Louis Nix III, who already graduated, opted to forgo his final year of eligibility in order to provide for 13 siblings. He does not enter the NFL with momentum, having coped with knee tendinitis before season-ending surgery to repair a torn left meniscus, and too often his gregarious personality and media hype overshadowed his performance. However, if the massive interior defender taps into his power more consistently, Nix has ample mass, strength and athleticism to anchor a "30" front as a space-eating, block-occupying run stuffer.

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PREVIOUS PICK: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech.


EXPERT: Bucky Brooks | NFL Network

PICK: RA'SHEDE HAGEMAN, DT, Minnesota

LAST UPDATED: April 15, 2014.

NFL.COM ANALYSIS:
A raw, converted tight end with a basketball background, Ra'Shede Hageman is a big, athletic, finesse three-technique with intriguing dimensions and movement skills who fits best in an aggressive, one-gap scheme where he could fire into gaps. Will probably be restricted to nickel pass-rush duty initially until the game slows down for him, but has impact potential if he ever figures it out. Is still maturing, having endured a harrowing childhood to get to where he is today, and would be best served landing in a structured environment with veteran mentorship. Classic boom-or-bust prospect. .

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PREVIOUS PICK: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame