New England Patriots

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PickOverallChoiceNotes
1.3131Dominique Easley, DT
from Florida
Where there's risk, there's reward. And with Florida's Dominique Easley, there could be plenty of reward. The Patriots traded back two spots and decided to select the interior pass-rusher coming off two torn ACLs. Easley's medicals have been positive, and he could be a versatile option at the one-technique, three-technique or five-technique for the Patriots. He could filter in next to Vince Wilfork immediately; and while his injuries are significant, few are quicker off the ball. He's a top talent in this class, and he fits a need for New England.
2.3062Weston Richburg, C
from Colorado State
Adding a versatile, athletic ex-high school quarterback and linebacker in Colorado State's Weston Richburg was great value at the end of Round 2. Richburg is a 50-game starter who plays with quick feet and the toughness to bolster the Patriots' interior offensive line. In New England, he would have a chance to start immediately at center. But in addition to that, he has experience playing all across the line, even starting at tackle when he broke his snapping hand. Sounds like he'd fit right in.
3.2993C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE
from Iowa
The Patriots need to find a tight to a few reasons: 1) As insurance in case Rob Gronkowski goes down with an injury, 2) As an additional chess piece for the offense to contribute to the multiple offensive packages, 3) to give Tom Brady another weapon that plays to his strengths as a quick passer in the interior of the field. CJF is the most athletic Y TE in the draft and can not only spell Gronk if he's injured, but contribute as a valuable starter.
4.30130Brandon Coleman, WR
from Rutgers
At the end of Round 4, Rutgers wideout Brandon Coleman stood out as the top available option on the board. Although Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce were selected within the first four rounds of the 2013 draft, the 6'6", 225-pound Coleman presents the size, the long 34-inch arms, and the 4.5 40-yard dash speed to lengthen the field and threaten the red zone. Other positions may have been more pressing at this point, but Coleman's value in a deep receiver class made sense on Day 3.
4.40140David Fales, QB
from San Jose State
With Ryan Mallett entering the final year of his rookie contract, adding a quarterback of David Fales' caliber seemed like a logical decision with New England's fourth-round compensatory selection. In this scenario, the accurate, west-coast signal-caller would have time to acclimate to an NFL system. And further down the road, his development could pay dividends.
5.23163Shaquil Barrett, OLB
from Colorado State
Shaquil Barrett is a name that will catch some by surprise in this year's draft, but so will his play. Although he may not look the part, and although he is a bit between a defensive end and an outside linebacker at 6'1", 260 pounds, Barrett is an impactful edge defender. He can bend the arc with tremendous flexibility, and he is more sudden in short space than given credit for. He is a disciplined versus the run as well, and he knows how to set the edge or rip out of it. Barrett may not be the prototype of a Patriots 4-3 seven-technique, but his success in both a two- and three-point stance make him a viable sub-package rusher. His role could be along the same lines as a Marcus Benard or Tully Banta-Cain, and that kind of player could greatly benefit New England in 2014 and beyond. He's a football player.
6.30206James White, RB
from Wisconsin
James White may have only started 13 games at Wisconsin, but the 5'9", 206-pound tailback played in 53. Over that time, he compiled 4,685 yards from scrimmage and 48 total touchdowns. For a smaller runner, White lacks the breakaway speed, but his vision and ability to make people miss is a great deal at this point in the draft. He can pass protect, he can catch passes out of the backfield, he can cut up field after the handoff, or he can take a snap out of the Wildcat.
7.29244Dezmen Southward, SS
from Wisconsin
Patriots could be keeping an eye on safeties on Day 3, and Dezmen Southward is one. Not only can he play nickelback and corner, but he is a well-built athlete who can be tested out at the strong safety position. He's played in 54 games at Wisconsin, and that speaks to his ability.

Trade Details
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6.22NFL: from Eagles for for 2014 fifth round pick
1.31#MockOne: from Chiefs for pick(s): 1.29,6.22 from Broncos for pick(s): 1.23
5.23#MockOne: from Chiefs for pick(s): 1.29,6.22