December 7, 2016

People are Talking: Patrick Willis, ILB, Mississippi

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Year: Senior Height: 6’1 Weight:242 40 Time: 4.51 Stats: NCAA

BSMW GAME DAY BOARD (as of 4/15/07) Round: 1st Rank: 12 Median Draft Position: 12.0 (10 drafts) Lo: 9 Hi: 24 Most Frequent Mock Selection: 12 (Bills – 5 mocks)

BSMW SUMMARY (as of 3/31/07)

Everyone seems to agree; Willis has the right mix of brawn and brains as the top inside linebacker prospect in the draft. Size, athleticism, production and character at a position of great need for the Patriots. What’s not to like? That’s just the problem – Willis has risen steadily up draft boards since February. Most mocks see him going somewhere between picks 11 and 14. Yet Mel Kiper and DJ Boyer remain steadfast in the belief that Willis will remain on the board until the Patriots pick at 24. Majority rules, guys – he may have ascended too high to be a realistic get for New England. The Patriots have scheduled a visit to Foxboro for Willis, and perhaps the Pats will decide then if he’s the type of prospect they want to trade up for.

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