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2010 NFL Gridion Gab Mock Draft: #22 New England

The Patriots look to bounce back after a sub-par season for Patriots standards. After cruising to the AFC East title last year, the Patriots fell apart against a strong Baltimore Ravens rushing attack. The offense failed to score many points due to an injury sustained to dynamic slot receiver Wes Welker, who tore his ACL in the regular season finale in Houston, but should be back next season.

And with the 22nd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select

DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas



Ok, being a Longhorn fan, I’ve always liked Kindle. I’m glad he was able to shine this past season with the departure of Brian Orakpo to the NFL.

Mel Kiper has Kindle going to the Patriots in his most recent mock draft and here’s why..

New England needs help at OLB, and Kindle is the best stack-and-shed outside ‘backer in this class. And he has better versatility than some realize. He’s just a decent-to-good pass-rusher, but any Patriots fan realizes that Bill Belichick doesn’t just want a player for one specific role. Versatility and ranginess are important, and Kindle fits the profile.

MockingTheDraft.com addresses some off the field issues that have some scouts worried and talks about his NFL prospects

What most scouts will point to first are nagging injuries during Kindle’s first two seasons, as well as off-field issues. Kindle actually drove his truck into an apartment in Austin (however no charges were filed). Has grown up considerably in his last two seasons. Kindle is now considered a leader on the team and has shown he can be reliable and responsible. Credit Will Muschamp for his maturation as a player and individual.

Kindle has the skill set to see his stock soar during the pre-draft process. His size, strength and speed at the position will make him a valued prospect to 3-4 teams.

Here’s the list so far..

22. New England Patriots- DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
21. Cincinnati Bengals- TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
20. Houston Texans- CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
19. Atlanta Falcons- DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
17. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
15. NY Giants- LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
14. Seattle Seahawks- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida
12. Miami Dolphins- DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
11. Denver Broncos- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
8. Oakland Raiders- OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
7. Cleveland Browns- S Earl Thomas, Texas
6. Seattle Seahawks- DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
5. Kansas City Chiefs- S Eric Berry, Tennessee
4. Washington Redskins- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
2. Detroit Lions- OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma

On deck..the Green Bay Packers


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