By BOB McGINN
Special to BostonSportsJournal.com
Note from Bedard: As many of you know, longtime Packers beat writer Bob McGinn is one of my mentors. During my time at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, I got to learn from the best in the business: Bob and Tom Silverstein. Bob taught me his system for analyzing film and the game, and I was happy to leave draft evaluations to him. Nobody has better sources and is more thorough on draft prospects.
Bob is now a business owner like myself, as he started BobMcGinnFootball.com and he will soon be embarking on his 34th annual draft series featuring the opinions of dozens of personnel people. Subscriptions to his site and just the draft series are available and coming from someone who's already a member at his site and has read his series for years, it's well worth it. There's not a better rundown on the prospects.
To give you a taste of what you can expect from his draft series, Bob has graciously allowed us to run his post-combine series on the Top 60 prospects in the draft, where the Patriots have (basically) three picks: 31st, 43rd, and 63rd.
Based on interviews with five NFL executives in personnel, it is possible to narrow down somewhat the pool of players that might be considered by the Patriots regardless of position if they exercise their current 31st selection in the first round of the draft on April 26.
Prospects were conservatively divided into three categories: As Good As Gone - barring negative developments, these players have virtually no chance of reaching No. 31; The Next Level – players who project in the top 40; Second-round Possibilities – players who project in the top 60.
This is the second of a three-part series looking at 60 players who might fit into these three layers of the draft (underclassmen are denoted by an asterisk). In each category, players are listed in the following order of position: WR, TE, T, G-C, QB, RB, DE, DT, OLB, ILB, CB and S.
Part I: AS GOOD AS GONE (10 prospects)
Part II: THE NEXT LEVEL (28)