2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft - The New England Patriots Select...

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Defensive back Alfonzo Dennard of Nebraska participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

With the 31st pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, Anthony Knox selected for the New England Patriots, who earned their pick by finishing the 2011 season with 13-3 record and then making it all the way to the Super Bowl, where they lost to the New York Giants.

With the No. 31 pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select...

Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

This pick is the second pick of Round #1 for New England, and the interval between picks isn't all that different from what we are all looking at as Bengal fans, as Cincinnati has #17 and #21, while NE has #27 and #31. So many of the discussions out there are not all that different from discussions that Bengal fans read about....do you go defense twice? Free agency for this position, then pick these two? Things like that....

So this meant looking at the New England depth chart, and where are they needing help most? This is always challenging for a Super Bowl team, but NE really isn't a defensive juggernaut, while on offense, it looks more like a hole here, and a hole there. The Pats went with a DE/OLB with pick #27 in Andre Branch, so ultimately it felt like an opportunity to bolster the inferior unit by taking a Round 1 corner to go with that pass rusher. Other considerations were Stephen Hill (WR-Ga. Tech) and Doug Martin (RB-Boise St.), but defense was what needed more help. As usual, a huge WHO DEY to one and all...

Alfonzo Dennard Highlights:

Joe Goodberry's Instant Analysis:

Easily the worst pick of the first round. The Patriots won't get a pass from me here. They reached for a player in a very deep CB draft. Dennard is a press CB and would be better in a zone scheme - a good fit for the Pats - in the 2nd/3rd round. The Patriots have needs at RB, WR, S, CB and DL. Even if Dennard plays FS, it's a reach.

Grade: F
Value: -33

Draft Overview:

# Team Picked By Name/Positon of Pick
1 Indianapolis Alex Neyer Andrew Luck QB
2 Washington David Farrelly Robert Griffin III QB
3 Minnesota Palewook Matt Kalil OT
4 Cleveland Jason Garrison Justin Blackmon WR
5 Tampa Bay Andrew Bernius Morris Claiborne CB
6 St. Louis Jim0ijk Quinton Coples DE
7 Jacksonville AK513 Melvin Ingram DE
8 Miami Dan Lockhart Trent Richardson RB
9 Carolina Jason Blanton Luke Kuechly LB
10 Buffalo Casey Penn Michael Floyd WR
11 Kansas City Kenneth Taylor David DeCastro OG
12 Detroit (projected trade) Andrew Perrotta Stephon Gilmore CB
13 Arizona Dan Wolford Riley Reiff OT
14 Dallas Joshua Foster Michael Brockers DT
15 Philadelphia Travis Parker Mark Barron S
16 New York Jets Kenneth Taylor Courtney Upshaw OLB
17 Cincinnati (from Oakland) Jason Garrison Dre Kirkpatrick CB
18 San Diego Anthony Knox Fletcher Cox DE
19 Chicago Steve Whited Kendall Wright WR
20 Tennessee Jeff Welch Nick Perry DE
21 Cincinnati Jason Garrison Cordy Glenn OG
22 Cleveland (from Atlanta) Jason Garrison Ryan Tannehill QB
23 Seattle (projected trade) Jared Egner Whitney Mercilus DT
24 Pittsburgh Jason Garrison Dont'a Hightower LB
25 Denver Jared Morgan Devon Still DE
26 Houston Brett Kollman Dontari Poe DT
27 New England (from New Orleans) Anthony Knox Andre Branch DE
28 Green Bay Travis Castleman Kendall Reyes DT
29 Baltimore Jason Garrison Peter Konz OC/OG
30 San Francisco Chris Brown Coby Fleener TE
31 New England Anthony Knox Alfonzo Dennard CB
32 New York Giants Matt Leitner
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