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New England Patriots 2013 first-round mock draft

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How analysts are projecting the first-round picks for the New England Patriots in the 2013 NFL Draft:

Matt "Money" Smith

No. 29: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

This selection will be the best corner on the board. I have it as Trufant, but it could be Johnthan Banks or Jamar Taylor.
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Charles Davis

No. 29: Matt Elam, FS, Florida

This is a position the Pats have been trying to solve for years, and this Gator is ranked by many as the second-best safety in the draft.
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Daniel Jeremiah

No. 29: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

Taylor is an excellent cornerback with good size, quick feet and fluid hips. He played well on tape, shined at the Senior Bowl and put together an outstanding workout at the NFL Scouting Combine.
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Bucky Brooks

No. 29: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

Hunt's combination of size, length and athleticism would make him an ideal fit in the Patriots' hybrid defense. He can play the five-technique in a 3-4 or align as a base end in a four-man front.
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Akbar Gbajabiamila

No. 29: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

Tom Brady could really use a vertical threat like Hunter, who has the ability to blow the top off of a defense. Tennessee game film shows the receiver balling opposite Cordarrelle Patterson.
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Gil Brandt

No. 29: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

Hunt is big (6-8, 277), fast and strong. He doesn't have outstanding instincts, but I think you can make up for that when you're as big as he is. Hunt also is an unbelievable kick blocker. He set the NCAA record for career blocked field goal attempts with 10, and had 17 total combined block kicks (including point-after attempts), just short of the record in that category.
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Charley Casserly

No. 29: Eric Reid, FS, LSU

This could be a trade-back spot for the Patriots.
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Josh Norris

No. 29: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

Taylor might not be the biggest name, but he is an excellent all-around player and might be the top senior corner in this draft. He is skilled in both off and press-man coverage, and consistently disrupts the catch point.
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AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots
AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers
AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans
AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders
NFC East: Cowboys | Eagles | Giants | Redskins*
NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings
NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints
NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks*
* Do not have first-round picks


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