I can't say I saw much of Patterson this year, but I was impressed with his quickness as a junior in 2003. He is like Shaun Cody, except I don't think Patterson is as strong. Yeah, I would liken him to Coleman.
One good thing about this upcoming draft is that there really are not going to be any bad selections, in terms of drafting positions. McKay can really do a good job getting playmakers in the best player available model, because this team can use help across the depth chart. QB, FB, WLB, K, and P are really the only positions that I think this team should steer clear of in the draft.
Another DT prospect that we might want to keep our eyes on is Luis Castillo (Northwestern). Although I'm hearing indications that's a sleeper right now, and by draft time he'll be a late 1st/early 2nd round pick (making him not an option for us in Round 2). Someone else worth mentioning is Jonathan Babineaux (Iowa). Right now, I think most are seeing him as a 3rd/4th rounder. It seems his stock will rise/fall based on what he measures at the Combine. Some are listing him at 6-2/275 right now, which is going to put him in the tweener category, likely causing him to fall to Day 2. If so, he could be a steal. If he weighs in around 285, he might push into the mid/late 2nd round, making him an option for us.
A player I liked entering this season was Cal's Lorenzo Alexander. His stock has fallen since the summer (probably from 3rd rounder to 5th/6th rounder), but he could become a Lavalais-like mid/late round steal.
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