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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