Todd McShay took a stab at what he thinks and the will do when they are on the clock during the 2017 NFL Draft.
In his latest three-round mock draft, the ESPN analyst made the team’s first two picks (both in the third round) and both are to help New England on the defensive side of the ball.
Round 3 (72): , OLB, Alabama
Round 3 (96): , ILB, Ohio State
Williams comes with plenty of off-field character baggage — he admitted to failing multiple drug tests — but he’d be worth the risk for New England at pick no. 72, given his first-step quickness off the edge. McMillan improved in coverage throughout his career, but there are still questions as to whether he can be a three-down linebacker in the NFL. He does a nice job of sifting through traffic, and he has great straight-line speed (4.61 40), which shows up against the run.
Both these players would be welcome and much needed additions to the defending Super Bowl champs. After in the middle of New England’s defense, there is a solid drop off in talent at the linebacker spot and drafting a developmental pice in McMillan could go a long way.
Historically, the Patriots haven’t been afraid of drafting the questionable character guys especially if it’s due to a failed drug test, so from that standpoint Tim Williams is in play.
During his senior season at Alabama, Williams was a little bit of a letdown but still did manage to earn second-team All SEC honors and recored 31 tackles and nine sacks.