Peter Schrager produces his "post-Senior Bowl" first-round mock draft for Foxsports.com, and he focuses on the line of scrimmage for the Patriots. At No. 17, Schrager gives the Patriots California defensive end Cameron Jordan, and at No. 28, he stays close to home by slotting the Patriots offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo of Boston College.
On Jordan, Schrager writes, "The son of former Vikings All-Pro Steve Jordan, he’d be an immediate upgrade for the Patriots front seven ... [he] could be in the lineup right from the start in 2011."
On Castonzo, Schrager writes, "A 53-game starter in college, he fits the [Bill] Belichick mode to a T. There may be a push from the fans to grab a running back or receiver with this pick, but I can see Belichick grabbing one with that 33rd pick, instead."
ANALYSIS: At the end of the season, one of the top thoughts was that the Patriots need an "attitude" type of offseason with an injection of some nastiness and explosion at the line of scrimmage. Schrager is thinking along the same lines. Jordan looks like he'd be a defensive end in the Patriots' 3-4 alignment while staying on the field on third down and rushing from an interior position. Castonzo would be groomed as a left tackle of the future as that seems to be his best fit on the line. Specific to 2011, the Patriots could benefit more from interior help on the offensive line, but the chance to groom a potential left tackle of the future is good business.