BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots could use depth at the wide receiver position, so there’s a good chance they’ll be looking to draft one this weekend. On Wednesday night, Adam Jones and Rich Keefe went over some possible new weapons for Tom Brady.
Likely wide receiver targets for New England at picks 60 and 61 include Sterling Shepard from Oklahoma, Tyler Boyd from Pittsburgh, Braxton Miller out of Ohio State, Leonte Caroo of Rutgers, Pharoh Cooper from South Carolina, and Chris Moore from Cincinnati.
Each receiver excels in the slot, however, each brings a different dimension to the position.
Keefe likes Pitt’s Tyler Boyd to New England because of the productive three-year starter’s solid hands and versatility.
“He jumps out at you. He catches the ball really easy, which is important. He has really good hands. He can also play on the outside, which a lot of these guys jump out as slot receivers,” said Keefe. “I think Tyler Boyd can be Brandon LaFell from two years ago.”
Sterling Shepard from Oklahoma would be the pick if it were up to Jones.
“I think he’s more than just a slot receiver but when you watch him at Oklahoma and you watch the way they use him out of the slot and you look at how productive he was there, you watched him and you go ‘Oh, future Patriot,'” noted Jones.
While many have Caroo as a natural fit with the Patriots because of his Rutgers education, Keefe and Jones don’t see that as a likely scenario due to severe character concerns.
“I would say about Caroo from Rutgers, don’t love his chances of getting drafted despite being a Rutgers guy,” said Keefe. “He got suspended and he missed two and a half games last year due to suspension and he also missed games due to an ankle injury. He had a domestic assault arrest in 2015 where he apparently picked up his girlfriend and slammed her onto a concrete surface, so a lot teams probably won’t even have him on their list and the Patriots should be one of those teams despite him going to Rutgers.”
Listen to Jones and Keefe’s analysis of the rest of the 2016 wide receiver class: