2019 NFL Mock Draft: A changing of the guard in NYC

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 07: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 07: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a pass against the Carolina Panthers in the third quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 15: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hits Kyle Shurmur #14 of the Vanderbilt Commodores as he passes forcing a fumble at Notre Dame Stadium on September 15, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 15: Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hits Kyle Shurmur #14 of the Vanderbilt Commodores as he passes forcing a fumble at Notre Dame Stadium on September 15, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

24. New England Patriots

Jerry Tillery . 24. player. 47. . DT. Notre Dame

Leave it to the Patriots to always find the opportunistic moments to get another really good football player. Jerry Tillery has been starting to emerge at Notre Dame. Not only is he a rock solid run defender, his ability to collapse the pocket as a pass rusher stepped up a major notch. The ceiling for him is about as high as it can go for a defensive lineman. All he needs is the right people to get him there. Bill Belichick has a long, proven history with great defensive linemen in his career including Vince Wilfork and Richard Seymour among others. Tillery couldn’t ask for a better situation to drop into.