185. Jaxson Kirkland, OT, Washington
Jaxson Kirkland is a versatile offensive lineman that played both tackle and guard at the college level. He has prototypical tackle size at 6-foot-6 and 321 pounds but his shorter arms may make him a guard at the NFL level. Kirkland is a bit of a project player as he will need to get stronger to play at the next level but he has the body type and fundamentals you look for in a starting offensive lineman.
188. Rakim Jarrett, WR, Maryland
The Patriots need to replace two starting wide receivers and after grabbing Jordan Addison, they grab a speedster in Rakim Jarrett out of Maryland. Jarett is a bit undersized at 5-foot-11 and 192 pounds but he ran a 4.44 second 40 and can take the top off a defense. Pairing him with Jordan Addison in this mock draft could make for a devastating receiver duo in New England.
194. DeMarcco Hellams, S, Alabama
Bill Belichick loves smart and physical safeties and DeMarcco Hellams of Alabama fits that bill. The former Crimson Tide star is a willing tackler who plays with a mean streak and can deliver big hits all over the field. He will need some coaching to tone down his aggression but he is a smart and experienced player that will fit right in with the Patriots.
210. Shaka Heyward, LB, Duke
The linebacker we drafted earlier in this mock draft in Ivan Pace is undersized and physical, and the linebacker we grab here has prototypical size and is extremely fast. Shaka Heyward measures in at 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds and ran his 40 in 4.53 seconds which is in the top 10% at his position. He doesn’t have the pedigree of Pace and there are some concerns about his instincts but he is another experienced player with great physical attributes that the Patriots can build on.
259. Robert Beal, EDGE, Georgia
Nolan Smith stole most of the headlines when it came to Georgia defensive players at the NFL combine and that attention was well deserved. Another player who looked to be nearly as athletic was the underrated Robert Beal who also played linebacker and defensive end for the Bulldogs.
Beal measures in at 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds and ran a very impressive 4.48 second 40. That puts him in the 96th percentile for his position and pairing that with his 97th percentile wingspan and 90th percentile arm length makes him a prototypical pass rusher at the NFL level.
The former Bulldog will have to work on being a little less stiff in the hips and will need to add some power to his game but he has the finesse and pass rush moves needed to get to the quarterback. Pairing him with Matthew Judon could make for a devastating pass rush and could help take this Patriots defense to the next level. Worth the shot at the end of this mock draft.