2:59 p.m.: Here’s some fun Patriots news: Jeff Demps could be traded soon, according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald. His time with the Patriots was limited after he said he only wanted to play football part time in order to return to a track and field career.
The Patriots lack a fifth- and sixth-round pick. They have three seventh-round selections.
2:51 p.m.: After Stills, Cal CB Steve Williams went to San Diego, the Broncos took Western Kentucky defensive end Quanterus Smith, Tampa Bay took Steven Means, Carolina chose Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein, the Rams selected speedy Miami cornerback Brandon McGee, Pittsburgh took cornerback Terry Hawthorne and Dallas grabbed Oklahoma running back Joseph Randle. The Giants just grabbed safety Cooper Taylor of Richmond, as well.
Of those picks, Smith, McGee and Randle are all great values. Klein probably could have gone a round earlier, too.
Smith tore his ACL as a senior. Had he stayed healthy, he could have been a first- or second-round pick.
2:35 p.m.: Here’s an update on picks since Simon: Indy took Montori Hughes, Arizona took running back Stepfan Taylor, the Jets took tackle Okay Aboushi, Tennessee took LSU DE Lavar Edwards, Buffalo took Jonathan Meeks and New Orleans took Oklahoma speedy WR Kenny Stills.
2:08 p.m.: Jesse Williams fell hard in the draft, but he’s going to a great situation in Seattle. The Alabama DT went No. 137 overall after being projected as a first- or second-round player.
Earl Wolff went to Philly at No. 136.
The Seahawks also took cornerback Tharold Simon out of LSU. Simon was arrested for threatening a police officer on Thursday night. He didn’t experience the same fall that Alfonzo Dennard did last year.
2:02 p.m.: The Jaguars drafted a quarterback — a college quarterback. Denard Robinson is going to Jacksonville as a running back, which is the right position for him.
That’s an exciting pick right there. He could be an explosive player in the NFL. He was one of the best rushers in the NCAA as a quarterback.
South Carolina DE Devin Taylor went to Detroit at No. 132, Stanford TE Levine Toiolo went to Atlanata at No. 133 and Georgia cornerback Sanders Commings went No. 134 to KC.
1:48 p.m.: Marcus Lattimore is off the board, and of course he’s going to San Francisco. The 49ers have had quite a draft so far.
Harvard fullback Kyle Juszczyk went to the Ravens, as did Ohio State linebacker/defensive end John Simon.
The 49ers have now taken Eric Reid, Tank Carradine, Vance McDonald, Corey Lemonier, Quinton Patton and now Lattimore, who tore two ACLs while at South Carolina.
1:39 p.m.: The 49ers get another “steal” by taking Quinton Patton No. 128 overall. It’s a nice pick, but Da’Rick Rogers is by far the best wide receiver out there.
Tampa Bay drafted William Gholston No. 126 overall and the Falcons took Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman at No. 127. Both players have the right size, but never produced much in college.
1:30 p.m.: The Packers pulled a Patriots by doubling up on running backs. They got Eddie Lacy in the second round and now Johnathan Franklin in the fourth with pick No. 125.
The Texans continued a nice draft by grabbing Trevardo Williams No. 124 overall. Williams is a UConn pass rusher. Houston has also added DeAndre Hopkins, D.J. Swearinger, Brennan Williams and Sam Montgomery.
1:21 p.m.: At No. 120, the Vikings took their first pick since the first round in Gerald Hodges. After that pick, the Colts took USC center Khaled Holmes, Green Bay took Cornell guard J.C. Tretter and Seattle took Kansas State wideout Chris Harper at No. 123.
1:09 p.m.: After Jones went off the board, the Cardinals grabbed guard Earl Watford out of James Madison, the Bears grabbed another linebacker, Khaseem Greene from Rutgers and Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter went to the Bengals at No. 118 overall. All three are nice picks and nice fits.
The Redskins just grabbed safety Phillip Thomas out of Fresno State at No. 119. He was a favorite of many analysts. He’s a nice fit at free safety for Washington.
1:00 p.m.: The quarterback run continues. Landy Jones goes No. 115 to the Steelers. The Steelers have finally got younger at the backup quarterback spot that’s been manned by Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch forever.
12:56 p.m.: The Rams added Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones. He played every position on the line for the Crimson Tide, and excelled at all of them. He’s probably a guard or center in the NFL. Right guard will likely be his position.
B.W. Webb of William & Mary went No. 114 to the Cowboys. You could probably argue that’s a better player than Dallas took in the first round, center Travis Frederick.
12:53 p.m.: Shamarko Thomas went No. 111 to the Steelers, then the quarterback run continued as the Raiders took undersized gamer Tyler Wilson of Arkansas.
Wilson was part of a terrible 2012 Razorbacks team, but he’s described as tough by every single draft analyst. Nice draft so far by the Raiders.
12:46 p.m.: Draft analyst favorite, Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib is finally off the board. He went to the Giants No. 110 overall.
Here are the rest of the picks after Williams went No. 105: Michigan State TE Dion Sims went No. 106 to Miami, Cal OC Brian Schwenke went No. 107 to Tennessee, Valdosta State OG Edmund Kugbila went No. 108 to Carolina, Colorado OT David Bakhtiari went No. 109 to Green Bay.
12:32 p.m.: Troubled safety Duke Williams went No. 105 to the Bills. He’s been arrested multiple times for serious infractions. Very talented player, though.
It’s surprising to see Williams go before Da’Rick Rogers, the wide receiver out of Tennessee Tech. Williams’ off-field issues are more serious and Rogers is the better player.
12:28 p.m.: A couple defenders went off the board after the Patriots’ pick. Alex Okafor went to Arizona. Okafor is a Texas pass rusher. Jelani Jenkins went to the Dolphins. Jenkins is an athletic Florida linebacker.
12:25 p.m.: It’s nice to see New England take a player we’ve heard of and watched. He’s a slot receiver out of TCU and destroyed teh combine with a 4.34-second 40-yard dash and 6.68-second 3-cone time. The Patriots have got to love that 3-cone agility.
Boyce can play the Z-receiver role, or the slot. He’s fast and shifty, but had some injuries. He piled up 2,535 yards and 22 touchdowns at TCU in three seasons. He left after his junior year in 2012.
12:20 p.m.: With the No. 102 overall pick, the Patriots select Josh Boyce.
12:18 p.m.: The Jaguars took slot receiver/punt returner Ace Sanders and the Patriots are on the clock.
12:16 p.m.: Akeem Spence was the pick for the Buccaneers. He’s a talented player, but there have been some questions about his motor.
12:14 p.m.: The Buccaneers have traded up with the Raiders for pick No. 100. We’ll see what they moved up for here. They went up 12 spots.
12:11 p.m.: The Chiefs have selected an Alabama linebacker, Nico Johnson. He’s a big bodied hole filler and he’ll likely never be a three-down player, but that’s not what the Chiefs needed. Johnson could probably step in right away at inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson.
It’s possible the Chiefs wanted Barkley, which is why the Eagles had to trade up.
12:07 p.m.: It’s Matt Barkley. That’s a surprise for Chip Kelly’s offense, but he was likely the best player available. He’s finally off the board.
12:04 p.m.: The Eagles have traded up for the No. 1 pick in the fourth round. We could see a quarterback here for Philadelphia. Matt Scott from Arizona would be a good fit in Chip Kelly’s offense. He wide receiver-esque agility at the combine.
11:56 a.m.: Adam Schefter is saying the No. 1 pick in the fourth round is up for grabs. If a team wants to move up for a quarterback, now’s their chance.
The Jaguars could just be gauging interest in teams that want quarterbacks, as well. Jacksonville only has Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne on the roster.
11:52 a.m.: We’re 1o minutes away from the start of Day 3, could the Jaguars be leaning towards a quarterback here? Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Matt Scott, Zac Dysert and Tyler Bray are all available.
11:30 a.m.: It seems like everyone’s being overly critical of the Jets’ move to draft Geno Smith in the second round. What’s the problem here?
New York needed a quarterback, did they not? Sure, they already had five on the roster, but did anyone think that Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Greg McElroy, Tim Tebow or Matt Simms had earned the job without competition? Of course not.
Several teams had said they considered taking Smith in the first round, but passed, including the Jets. New York took him in the second round and all of a sudden it’s a bad move because he may not be NFL ready?
People are just afraid to admit that the Jets have had a nice draft. They took Dee Milliner to get help at cornerback after losing Darrelle Revis, they grabbed Sheldon Richardson to help their interior pass rush and they filled their need at guard with Brian Winter of Kent State. Smith may be looked at as a luxury pick, but it shouldn’t be. And even if Smith is this year’s Jimmy Clausen, who cares? It’s a second-round pick. Missing on a second-rounder when you’ve already drafted two quality first-rounders and an underrated third-rounder isn’t going to sink a franchise.
Anyone who thinks this means the Jets won’t compete in 2013 obviously hasn’t been paying attention anyway. New York wasn’t going anywhere next season anyway, and at least the team has some hope for the future.
There are plenty of talented players to take with New York’s remaining three picks, as well. If they want to finally fill their need at outside linebacker, Cornelius Washington of Georgia could be waiting for them. If not, Alex Okafor, Brandon Jenkins, Chase Thomas, John Simon, Michael Buchanan and Quanterus Smith are still out there.
People are acting like it’s crazy that New York has six quarterbacks. Yes, it’s a lot, but obviously all of those players won’t be there come Week 1. It’s not unusual to carry four or five QBs into training camp.
Tebow will likely be gone soon, Simms will likely be gone soon, and if the Jets can eat the cap penalty, Sanchez could be too. So lets not just pile on to the Jets because they’re the Jets. New York has had a quality draft.
9:55 a.m. ET: It’s been a fast two days, hasn’t it?
The NFL draft will conclude this afternoon, and we expect to see some quarterbacks start coming off the board at a quicker pace. Just three signal callers have been taken so far — E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith and Mike Glennon. There are still some quality players left, like Ryan Nassib out of Syracuse, Matt Barkley from USC and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson. Arizona’s Matt Scott may come off the board soon as well, as he’s the next best athletic passer in this class.
Every player left, though, seems to have a fatal flaw. For Barkley, it’s his arm strength. For Wilson, it’s his height and poor senior season. Those fatal flaws extend past just the quarterbacks too. Alabama defensive tackle Jesse Williams has a knee injury that has forced him to fall and talented wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers’ off-field issues made him tunble out of the first three rounds. For Washington State wideout Marquess Wilson, it was quitting the Cougars midway through the 2012 season that could see him fall all the way to the seventh round.
Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington has incredible athleticism that rivals players like Ezekiel Ansah, Jamie Collins and Dion Jordan, but his lack of production with the Bulldogs has hurt him. Cornerback Jordan Poyer of Oregon State has speed and size issues that has seen him tumble.
Obviously perfect players will no longer be available in the fourth round, but there are plenty of salvageable players left that could shine in the right situation if given the chance. The Patriots could look to draft offensive line, defensive line or another tight end or wide receiver.
Some players that New England may be interested in are any of the players listed above, but also offensive lineman Barrett Jones of Alabama, South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, tight end Jake Stoneburner of Ohio State or really any Rutgers player left, including linebacker Khaseem Greene, wide receiver Mark Harrison or linebacker Steve Beauharnais.
Jacksonville is up first, followed by the Chiefs, Raiders, Eagles and Patriots. New England holds that pick and two seventh rounders to finish out the draft.
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