TP: .....Interesting selection by the Pats. To my mind round four was a bit early for Mills. I'm sure they'll use him as a H-back/FB/move-TE....he is the offensive version of Mike Vrabel.
Fourth Round Pick, No. 118: Stephen Gostkowski, K, Memphis
PI: Couldn't they have picked up a kicker in round 5 or 6 or later?
TP: I was never high on Gostkowski to the point where we did not include him in the [Draft rankings]. Besides watching him on film the past two games I saw him practice every day at the Senior Bowl. He kicks a dead ball, it really does not show great explosion off his foot.
Fifth Round Pick, No. 136: Ryan O'Callaghan, OT, California
PI: Wasn't he rated as a day one prospect? What does he offer over Brandon Gorin/ Nick Kaczur?
TP: Another guy I thought was overrated yet good value in five for the Pats. He is a size prospect who shows some ability. The biggest problem are injuries; O'Callaghan has had a pair of shoulder surgeries and back problems as well. Worth a risk in round five though.
Sixth Round Pick, No. 191: Jeremy Mincey, DE, Florida
PI: is he capable of playing the "elephant" position on the Pats D at OLB?
TP: Solid choice by the Pats. Mincey has a lot of upside potential at a standup linebacker and can develop into the McGinest/Elephant type of role in time... remember; he only played big time college football for two seasons.
Sixth Round, No. 205: Dan Stevenson, OG, Notre Dame
PI: Why Stevenson over other OL like a center?
TP: Another good choice. Stevenson was good value in six. He has some growth potential that must be met yet when breaking him down on film I was impressed with his footwork and ability to slide in pass protection. Could make it as a reserve.
Sixth Round, No. 206: Le Kevin Smith, DT, Nebraska
PI: Can he backup Wilfork or does he have a different style?
TP: Smith is a lot smaller than Wilfork. He's more of a NT in the Pats system though he lacks the size, consistent motor and has had knee issues. All reasons why he fell so far.
Seventh Round, No. 229: Willie Andrews, S, Baylor
PI: Where does he fit, Safety or ...?
TP: Andrews is one of the more underrated DB's in this draft. Obviously there are size concerns but he has the cover skills and athletic abilities to fit in as a dime back. Regardless, he must earn his wage as a return specialist.
The transcript from a Patriots draft chat with Tony can be found in the Insider's Lounge Message Board. Review last week's chat to see what Tony thought of the Draft, and get his pre-draft predictions for the team.