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2015 Mock Draft: New England Patriots select Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut 32nd overall

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New England moves to rebuild their free agency depleted secondary.

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The final pick of the 2015 Big Blue View Community Mock Draft is in!

32) New England Patriots

GM - Rudy2930

Pick - Byron Jones CB, Connecticut

Explanation

The Patriots biggest perceived need might be at Cornerback where they lost starters/mercenaries Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. They do however still have Kyle Arrington, Logan Ryan, Alfonzo Dennard, Superbowl hero Malcolm Butler and newly acquired Bradley Fletcher. While none of these guys are Revis …or Browner, there are at least a couple capable starters in that group. This depth at CB, and all over their roster really, lets the Pats take a swing for the fences with this pick. Byron Jones brings unparalleled athleticism to his position and a ceiling as high as any DB in this draft. Jones athletic tools should let him stand out on special teams while honing his skill set as a reserve CB/FS early on. High character, high upside, likable, quasi-hometown kid, seems like a perfect scenario for the 32nd pick. I also considered FSU DT Eddie Goldman to fill the extra large space recently vacated by Vince Wilfork, as well as perhaps more highly regarded CBs Ron Darby and Kevin Johnson.

Raptor's View

This feels like a "Belichick" pick. Jones has been on NFL radar long before his obscene Combine workout, and presents good value here. New England lost both of their starting CB's, and Jones could probably start immediately. He also could be a guy who can transition to safety if better corners come along, and push Devin McCourty out the door in classic Patriots fashion.

The Picks So Far

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jameis Winston (QB, FSU) - Full Story
  2. Tennessee Titans - Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) - Full Story
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Williams (DL, USC) - Full Story
  4. Oakland Raiders - Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama) - Full Story
  5. Washington Redskins - Dante Fowler Jr. (DE/OLB, Florida) - Full Story
  6. New York Jets - Kevin White (WR, WVU) - Full Story
  7. Chicago Bears - Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson) - Full Story
  8. Atlanta Falcons - Alvin "Bud" Dupree  (DE/OLB, Kentucky) - Full Story
  9. New York Giants - DeVante Parker (WR, Louisville) - Full Story
  10. St. Louis Rams - Brandon Scherff (OL, Iowa) - Full Story
  11. Minnesota Vikings - Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford) - Full Story
  12. Cleveland Browns - Danny Shelton (DT, Washington) - Full Story
  13. New Orleans Saints - Randy Gregory (DE/OLB, Nebraska) - Full Story
  14. Miami Dolphins - Trae Waynes (CB, Michigan St.) - Full Story
  15. San Francisco 49ers - La'El Collins (OL, LSU) - Full Story
  16. Houston Texans - Shane Ray (OLB, Missouri) - Full Story
  17. San Diego Chargers - Ereck Flowers (OT, Miami) - Full Story
  18. Kansas City Chiefs - Cam Erving (OL, FSU) - Full Story
  19. Cleveland Browns - Marcus Peters (CB, Washington) - Full Story
  20. Philadelphia Eagles - Landon Collins (S, Alabama) - Full Story
  21. Cincinnati Bengals - Malcom Brown (DT, Texas) - Full Story
  22. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jalen Collins (CB, LSU) - Full Story
  23. Detroit Lions - Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia) - Full Story
  24. Arizona Cardinals - Eli Harold (DE/OLB, Virginia) - Full Story
  25. Carolina Panthers - DJ Humphries (OT, Florida) - Full Story
  26. Baltimore Ravens - Jaelen Strong (WR, Arizona State) - Full Story
  27. Dallas Cowboys - Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin) - Full Story
  28. Denver Broncos - T.J. Clemmings (OT, Pittsburgh) - Full Story
  29. Indianapolis Colts - Arik Armstead (DL, Oregon) - Full Story
  30. Green Bay Packers - Benardrick McKinney (ILB, Mississippi State) - Full Story
  31. New Orleans Saints - Jordan Phillips (DT, Oklahoma) - Full Story