There wasn’t a ton of big uglies taken off the big board Thursday night, so there’s a big list to choose from.
Jawaan Taylor, Florida: The 6-5, 312-pounder was thought by some to be the No. 1 tackle available, but he suffered a hamstring injury and couldn’t run at the Combine, causing him to slip. Taylor has strong hands and blocks until a second after the whistle blows.
Greg Little, Ole Miss: Another Southeastern Conference warrior, this 6-5, 310-pounder played in all 36 games during his college run. He’s fluid, flexible, and ferocious.
The Patriots are no strangers to second-day signal-callers, and they could go in that direction again.
Drew Lock, Missouri: Thought by many to be a first-night guy, the 6-4, 228-pounder slipped down. He has a power-packed arm, but his throws have a tendency to sail and he’ll miss some open guys.
Will Grier, West Virginia: The 6-2, 217-pounder also has a howitzer of an arm and can make all the throws. Struggled against the blitz, and he’ll see plenty of that at the NFL level.
Most of the big names are still out there.
Damien Harris, Alabama: A powerful runner with good moves, this 5-10, 216-pounder will find cutback lanes.
Dexter Williams, Notre Dame: A big guy (5-11, 212 pounds) with power and deceptive breakaway speed.
This isn’t a big area of need for the Patriots, but you can never have enough good guys at this spot.
Greedy Williams, LSU: Long and lanky, Williams moves well and is stronger than he looks.
Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt: This guy is super big (6-4, 211 pounds) and super strong. He can press and he can flip his hips and cover downfield.
Another area where the Patriots are set but could add depth to a veteran group.
Deionte Thompson, Alabama: His smarts, instincts, and athleticism would translate well from the Crimson to the red, white, and blue.
Nasir Adderley, Delaware: Superb athlete with good cover skills (he’s a converted corner) and the ability to effectively patrol center field.
The Patriots have all their guys back, but developing young players is always a goal.
Chase Winovich, Michigan: An outside backer/defensive end hybrid, Winovich can set the edge and has one of the highest-revving motors in this class, regardless of position.
Te’Von Coney, Notre Dame: Highly instinctive player who can rattle teeth with his open-field hits.
— Jim McBride