The Patriots traded a fourth and sixth pick to move up to pick #40 with the Oakland Raiders. With the 40th pick in the draft, the Patriots selected Ron Brace, the nose tackle from Boston College.
He is the prototypical nose tackle. He has tremendous size and strength, can control the inside gaps and handle any double team. I like the player, but I question the pick. Why? Because it worries me about Vince Wilfork. Does this mean the Patriots see Brace as a replacement for Wilfork? Or will Brace just be a big backup for him? I guess this was a scenario where the Pats saw Ron Brace as the best player on the board. I’m not crazy about this pick, but Brace was definitely the #2 pure nose tackle in the draft.
With the 41st pick, the Patriots selected Darius Butler, the cornerback from Connecticut. I called this one, and I love the pick. Fluidity, athleticism, versatility. Darius Butler brings so much to the table, and I absolutely love this pick. I believe three or four years down the road, Darius Butler will be a star for this team.’
The Patriots next pick is 58. If Barwin is still on the board…