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

How does missing out on Emmanuel Sanders this year affect New England's plans in the 1st round? BTSC user TrifeReality has the pick.

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This was a tough pick for me as a Steeler fan. Frankly, I'd prefer this pick to be taken away from them a la post-Spygate scandal again. But since I have to pick for the New England Patriots, I'll do my best.

I see two positions of immediate need - receiver and safety, and three positions that could use necessary depth later in the draft - nose tackle, offensive tackle, and center.

I see two positions of immediate need - receiver and safety-TrifeReality

At safety, I think the Patriots were very high on Matt Elam. Although somewhat slight in height, Elam packs a wallop that many other safeties cannot brag about. He is a DOG. The signing of Aqib Talib for a second season proves that Belichick is willing to gamble a bit on talented playmakers to try to rebuild the secondary. However, Elam was just snatched up by the Broncos - so let's turn to receiver.

New England hasn't had a big receiver worth anything since Randy Moss. Then this past year, they experimented with then parted ways with Donte Stallworth (who had just a single catch last year), and Brandon Lloyd (who is not a top target anymore). And then there was the public debacle with Wes Welker that saw Tom Brady's favorite target take a trip to Denver instead of re-signing.

The Patriots did just sign Danny Amendola in free agency to a long-term deal, but he's more of a move-the-chains guy. Meanwhile, Julian Edelman is..............cute. And they do not make a particularly sexy starting duo.

With the 29th pick, the New England Patriots select Keenan Allen, WR, California.

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Keenan Allen is a big, disciplined route runner-TrifeReality

Keenan Allen is a big, disciplined route runner who is great at positioning his body. Good long speed and attacks the ball at the highest point. Allen needs help with blocking, but that's coachable. He gets low very fluidly and sinks his hips in his route running - not a lot of wasted motion. I think he's the next Marques Colston with more explosion.

Team Player Pos School BTSC rep
1 Star Lotulelei DT Utah [Link to pick]
2 Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon [Link to pick]
3 Sharrif Floyd DT Florida [Link to pick]
4 Dee Milliner CB Alabama [Link to pick]
5 Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan [Link to pick]
6 Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M [Link to pick]
7 Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma [Link to pick]
8 Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU [Link to pick]
9 Chance Warmack OG Alabama [Link to pick]
10 Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina [Link to pick]
11 Tavon Austin WR West Virginia [Link to pick]
12 Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State [Link to pick]
13 Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU [Link to pick]
14 Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee [Link to pick]
15 Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia [Link to pick]
16 Kenny Vaccaro S Texas [Link to pick]
17 Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame [Link to pick]
18 Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri [Link to pick]
19 Bjoern Werner DE Florida State [Link to pick]
20 D.J. Fluker OT Alabama [Link to pick]
21 Alec Ogletree LB Georgia [Link to pick]
22 Eddie Lacy RB Alabama [Link to pick]
23 Sylvester Williams DT North Carolina [Link to pick]
24 Datone Jones DE UCLA [Link to pick]
25 Geno Smith QB West Virginia [Link to pick]
26 Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State [Link to pick]
27 Arthur Brown LB Kansas State [Link to pick]
28 Matt Elam S Florida [Link to pick]
29 Keenan Allen WR California TrifeReality



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