Don Banks of SI.com produces the fourth version of his mock draft and he focuses on the offensive and defensive line for the Patriots, slotting Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt to New England at No. 17 and Baylor offensive lineman Danny Watkins at No. 28.
Banks also had Watt going to the Patriots in his third mock draft, with Florida center/guard Mike Pouncey at No. 28. But in his latest mock, Pouncey is off the board (No. 23, Eagles).
Like others, Banks is predicting some trade movement for the Patriots. "Owning picks 17, 28 and 33, there's no way the Patriots won't move out of at least one of those slots in their habit of ensuring the rich get richer," he writes.
ANALYSIS: The Patriots would probably be thrilled if Watt was available at that point. His combination of height, weight, on-field production and testing numbers have him rising in the eyes of at least one team that runs the 3-4 defense. One factor to consider is that Watt is represented by agent Tom Condon, who the Patriots haven't negotiated with since Benjamin Watson's holdout in 2004. If the Patriots have any reservations selecting a Condon client, the new rookie salary cap/slotting system -- which would presumably make completing deals easier -- could alleviate those. As for Watkins, he looks like the type of prospect that the Patriots would view highly on and off the field. He fits more of the tackle/guard profile, and my hunch is that the team might be looking more toward a center/guard with an early pick.