With the thirty-first pick of the 2012 CSC Community Mock Draft, the New England Patriots (chosen by jeff.l.b) select...
Shea McClellin, LB, Boise State
Continuing with the theme presented with the Patriots first pick, with their second pick in the first round the Patriots need to concentrate on the defensive side of the ball, most specifically with addressing the pass rush more effectively. Where it is true the faults of the Saints and Patriots nearly mirror each other, unlike New Orleans, the Patriots have not solidified their outside linebacker position via free agency. At 6'3" and 260 lbs., Shea McClellin would fit perfectly as an outside rush linebacker in New England's 3-4 defensive package.While McClellin will never wow anyone with a combine performance, time and time again when you watch tape he does one thing and one thing well....he makes plays. McClellin favors quite well Ryan Kerrigan, the first round OLB/DE draft pick for the Washington Redskins last year. McClellin has a constant no-quit motor that allows him to be able to make plays long after most at his position would have given up on. Additionally, unlike Kerrigan, McClellin possesses the ability to drop back and fill lanes quite effectively which will allow him to be a full three down linebacker and not just a rush linebacker in passing situations. A good solid blend of height, weight, speed and flat out determination McClellin would fit a much needed position for the Patriots at the end of the first round.
I freely admit that I was torn between McClellin and Hightower at this selection. However, I felt that McClellin fit the mold of a true 3-4 OLB more whereas Hightower would probably be better suited on the inside. Regardless, It would not surprise me in the least of the Patriots pulled the trigger on either of them come draft day.
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Below are the complete results from our community mock draft.
Catch up with all of the mock draft selections in our 2012 CSC Community Mock Draft Section.
|Pick||Team||Selection||Team Representative||Approval Rating|
|1||Indianapolis Colts||QB Andrew Luck - Stanford||Legatron Morstead||77%|
|2||Washington Redskins||QB Robert Griffin III - Baylor||VAsaintsfan||78%|
|3||Minnesota Vikings||OT Matt Kalil - USC||Hans Petersen||69%|
|4||Cleveland Browns||RB Trent Richardson - Alabama||Fan since the Aints||81%|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||CB Morris Claiborne - LSU||Alex Swift||50%|
|6||St. Louis Rams||WR Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma St.||GRIZZ||73%|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame||AcquiredPanic||51%|
|8||Miami Dolphins||WR Kendall Wright - Baylor||were gonna need a bigger boat||16%|
|9||Carolina Panthers||DT Michael Brockers - LSU||DatFan||43%|
|10||Buffalo Bills||OT Riley Reiff - Iowa||theprogrammerman||51%|
|11||Kansas City Chiefs||G David DeCastro - Stanford||Jimbo03||69%|
|12||Seattle Seahawks||DE Melvin Ingram - South Carolina||BASAINT||57%|
|13||Arizona Cardinals||DT Dontari Poe - Memphis||jeremysherwin||44%|
|14||Dallas Cowboys||S Mark Barron - Alabama||Saint for Life||59%|
|15||Philadelphia Eagles||DE Quinton Coples - North Carolina||caominh||26%|
|16||NY Jets||LB Courtney Upshaw - Alabama||GRIZZ||65%|
|17||Cincinnati Bengals||WR Stephen Hill - Georgia Tech||coldpizza||54%|
|18||San Diego Chargers||DE/OLB Nick Perry - USC||Alex Swift||44%|
|19||Chicago Bears||TE Coby Fleener - Stanford||Jay Cutler||44%|
|20||Tennessee Titans||LB Luke Kuelchy - Boston College||shipgoalie05||37%|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||CB Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina||coldpizza||54%|
|22||Cleveland Browns||OT Jonathan Martin - Stanford||Fan since the Aints||63%|
|23||Detroit Lions||CB Dre Kirkpatrick - Alabama||AcquiredPanic||80%|
|24||Pittsburgh Steelers||S Harrison Smith - Notre Dame||WVPiratesfan||13%|
|25||Denver Broncos||DT Jerel Worthy - Michigan St.||Saint for life||42%|
|26||Houston Texans||DT Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St.||Jimbo03|
|27||New England Patriots||DE Chandler Jones - Syracuse||jeff.l.b|
|28||Green Bay Packers||LB Whitney Mercilus - Illinois||caomhin|
|29||Baltimore Ravens||C Peter Konz - Wisconsin||Fan since the Aints|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||QB Ryan Tannehill - Texas A&M||Jimbo03|
|31||New England Patriots||LB Shea McClellin - Boise St.||jeff.l.b|