Mock thoughts: Pats have options

March, 26, 2013
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The NFL draft is just one month away, and with the initial wave of free agency behind us, we have a better feel for the Patriots' remaining needs.

On Monday, we suggested that the Patriots' top remaining needs this offseason are at cornerback and wide receiver. The draft experts at CBSSports.com seem to see it the same way.

Each CBSSports.com draft expert released an updated first-round projection on Monday, and two have the Patriots looking cornerback, and two have them looking wide receiver.

Both Rob Rang and Dane Brugler have Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant as the pick at No. 29, which would help round out the Patriots' depth at the position. With Alfonzo Dennard facing potential jail time, the Patriots could be down a starter to begin the season. Though Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington and Marquice Cole have each been re-signed this offseason, Trufant would add playmaking ability to the secondary.

Meanwhile, Pat Kirwan and Pete Prisco have the Patriots looking at wide receivers, with Kirwan slotting Cordarelle Patterson of Tennessee and Prisco projecting Robert Woods of USC to the Patriots. Patterson is considered by many to have the highest upside of any receiver in this draft, and some believe he could land in the top 10 picks. Woods would give the Patriots a wideout to play on the perimeter, something Brandon Lloyd provided for the team last season.

To see the projections in their entirety, CLICK HERE.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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