Nov 3, 2012; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (2) runs the ball past Arizona State Sun Devils cornerback Osahon Irabor (24) at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Mock Draft 2013: New England Patriots Select...

This pick was made by Michael Hamm of Chowder and Champions

With the 29th pick in the NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

Though we fully expect the Patriots to move down into the first part of the second round, Wheaton is still the pick.  Has versatility and major amounts of experience against press coverages, as Oregon State’s defense favors press coverage from their defensive backs, and Wheaton had to beat them in practice every day.  Can work inside from the slot or move outside to take advantage of his honest track speed.

The wide out burner is essential to keep the defenses from completely collapsing down on what they’re trying to do with the tight ends and slot receivers underneath, so the Patriots select the best pure deep ball catcher in the draft and he will start immediately.  Already in his career, Wheaton is drawing favorable comparisons to Mike Wallace with the less than ideal size but is greased lightning with sticky hands.

Here is how the draft currently stands:

1. Kansas City Chiefs — Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Dion Jordan, defensive end, Oregon
3. Oakland Raiders — Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle, Florida
4. Philadelphia Eagles — Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M
5. Detroit Lions — Ezekiel Ansah, defensive end, BYU
6. Cleveland Browns — Dee Milliner, cornerback, Alabama
7. Arizona Cardinals — Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, Oklahoma
8. Buffalo Bills —  Chance Warmack, guard, Alabama
9. New York Jets — Jarvis Jones, linebacker, Georgia
10. Tennessee Titans — Jonathan Cooper, guard, North Carolina
11. San Diego Chargers —  Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah
12. Miami Dolphins —  Xavier Rhodes, cornerback, Florida State
13. New York Jets (via Tampa Bay) — Tavon Austin, wide receiver, West Virginia
14. Carolina Panthers — Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri
15. New Orleans Saints — Barkevious Mingo, defensive end, LSU
16. St. Louis Rams — Cordarrelle Patterson, wide receiver, Tennessee
17. Pittsburgh Steelers — Tyler Eifert, tight end, Notre Dame
18. Dallas Cowboys — Kenny Vaccaro, safety, Texas
19. New York Giants — Tank Carradine, defensive end, Florida State
20. Chicago Bears — Manti Te’o, linebacker, Notre Dame
21. Cincinnati Bengals — D.J. Fluker, offensive tackle, Alabama
22. St, Louis Rams (via Washington) — Eric Reid, safety, LSU
23. Minnesota Vikings — Arthur Brown, linebacker, Kansas State
24. Indianapolis Colts — Datone Jones, defensive end, UCLA
25. Minnesota Vikings (via Seattle) — Sylvester Williams, defensive tackle, North Carolina
26. Green Bay Packers — Menelik Watson, offensive tackle, Florida State
27. Houston Texans — Justin Hunter, wide receiver, Tennessee
28. Denver Broncos — Björn Werner, defensive end, Florida State
29. New England Patriots —  Markus Wheaton, wide receiver, Oregon State

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