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

COLLEGE PARK, MD - OCTOBER 15: Defensive end Andre Branch #40 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates during the closing moments of the Tigers' 56-45 win over the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on October 15, 2011 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

With the 27th pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, Anthony Knox selected for the New England Patriots, who earned their pick by giving their first-round pick in 2011 draft to the Saints so they could select running back Mark Ingram in the first round.

With the No. 27 overall pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select...

Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

With the 27th pick of the NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Andre Branch: DE/OLB Clemson. Branch is a rather long defender at 6'5" 259, and he does have sideline to sideline speed, having run a 4.7 in the 40. In New England's defensive scheme, a 4-3 that stresses versatility, Branch will be able to drop into pass coverage as well as doing some straight line pass rushing.

When looking at this pick as the Patriots would, there are several positions to consider: running back, as we Bengal fans already know they lost Law Firm....where did he go again? O-line, but that looks a bit picked over at this point, and defensive help. The Patriots' D was a huge liability last season, so while they will definitely do something through free agency later on, one of the two Round 1 picks should go to the D, and Branch is it. Above and beyond that....WHO DEY everyone.

Andre Branch Highlights:

Joe Goodberry's Instant Analysis:

The Patriots go pass rusher with their first pick and Andre Branch could end up being the best one in the draft. He has a great first step and possesses good length. In New England's hybrid defense, Branch should get time at both DE and OLB.

Grade: B+
Value: -7

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
29 Baltimore Jason Garrison
30 San Francisco Chris Brown
31 New England Anthony Knox
32 New York Giants Matt Leitner
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