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New England Patriots 2015 NFL Draft Grades

Posted By: Chris Ransom on 5/31/2015

New England Patriots 2015 NFL Draft Grades

Chris Ransom grades the New England Patriots 2015 NFL Draft. Does taking Malcolm Brown to wrap up the first round, help the Patriots repeat?

32. Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas A+ Grade

Malcolm Brown is 6-2 319 lbs. Brown did 26 reps on the bench press and is talented enough to command double teams and triple teams by the interior offensive line and still shows an uncanny ability to get to the quarterback or running back. That's how infectious Malcolm Brown is.

There is a lot to like about him. You see a guy that can play the 0 technique, the 1 technique, the 2 technique, or the 3 technique at the next level with his play up front at defensive tackle.

Brown had a spectacular 2014 season. He finished last season with 38 solo tackles, 32 assisted tackles, 70 total tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, and 6.5 sacks after posting 5 sacks heading into October. Brown drew a lot of triple teams in the second half of the season, but still ended up stopping the run to generate tackles for a loss despite only getting 1.5 sacks after September. The reason Brown was so effective at defensive tackle is mainly due to his block shedding along with his footwork.

It sucks that Vince Wilfork is gone. With back-to-back first round picks in Malcolm Brown and Dominique Easley both finally starting in the middle at defensive tackle, we might see these two come together and play well enough to fill the void Wilfork left after signing with Houston.

64. Jordan Richards, SS, Stanford B- Grade

New England needed a cornerback more than a strong safety. Richards is a 4 year starter and an All American that made the Dean's List 4 years in a row.

Richards played so well during his first week at Rookie Minicamps, that he was able to surpass Duron Harmon as the backup strong safety on the Patriots' depth chart. This caused an effective backup that once challenged Patrick Chung for the starting strong safety job prior to the 2014 season to fall to third string.

It's nothing against Harmon. Richards just brings that much promise to the table. At the same time, I'm still puzzled as to why you take a backup strong safety in the second round after giving Patrick Chung a five-year extension.

97. Geneo Grissom, LE, Oklahoma C+ Grade

Geneo Grissom is the backup left end on this depth chart behind Rob Ninkovich. That's why this pick got a C+ grade. I think the next defensive end the Patriots drafted might be better.

101. Trey Flowers, RE, Arkansas C+ Grade

Trey Flowers is listed as a third string right end behind Chandler Jones and Jabaal Sheard. Flowers will be able to learn a lot behind both of these effective veterans. Plus I think he can be better than Grissom which is why Flowers got a C+ grade as well.

111. Tre Jackson, RG, Florida State A+ Grade

Tre Jackson is already taking first team reps at right guard after playing the same position at Florida State. That just shows you why the Patriots are so good at drafting each year. New England always gets at least one steal in the late rounds that develops into a starter. This year that guy is Jackson.

131. Shaq Mason, C, Georgia Tech A Grade

Shaq Mason has the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard in the NFL. He was mainly a run blocker at Georgia Tech, but showed he could pass block down in Mobile during Senior Bowl week. Getting Mason as a depth player on the interior offensive line was smart which is why the Patriots got an A grade here.

166. Joe Cardona, LS, Navy F Grade

Joe Cardona. Are you kidding me? You pass on a cornerback for a long snapper.

178. Matthew Wells, LOLB, Mississippi State D- Grade

Matthew Wells has the versatility to play left outside linebacker or strong safety. He might be a hybrid linebacker/safety. Wells will probably play on special teams right away until we know which position he'd be better suited to play.

202. A.J. Darby, TE, Arkansas D- Grade

A.J. Darby was a quarterback for one year before switching over to tight end. New England has enough with Rob Gronkowski, Tim Wright, and Scott Chandler at tight end.

247. Darryl Roberts, CB, Marshall B- Grade

Darryl Roberts is an underrated cornerback. I think you are getting a guy that's a quarter cornerback worst case scenario and a nickel cornerback best case scenario. In the end, Roberts is a backup who might only play in dime situations as a dime cornerback in 4 cornerback sets.

253. Xzavier Dickson, ROLB, Alabama D- Grade

Xzavier Dickson was a 3-4 right outside linebacker at Alabama. He's having trouble adjusting to the 4-3 and is listed as a 4th string 4-3 right outside linebacker. This has to change if Dickson wants to keep his job by the end of training camp.

New England Patriots Team Grade: C Grade

New England drafted the right players in the first four rounds. After that, New England got careless which is why the Patriots ended up with a C grade.

Malcolm Brown should be a Pro Bowler and will be a starter. Tre Jackson will also start at right guard after playing next to current Patriot Bryan Stork who was a center for the Seminoles when they won the National Title in 2014.

Strong safety Jordan Richards and center Shaq Mason will be solid backups. The rest of this draft for the Patriots remains a mystery until we see what these guys can do in Training Camp.

New England Patriots 2014 NFL Draft Grades

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