Yes, Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are gone, leaving some gaps in the secondary. The interior of the offensive line is also a bit of a question mark. However, Bill Belichick doesn't tend to reach for need picks, and with one particular player taking a surprise tumble down the draft board in our mock, this pick was an easy one for me.
For the Patriots, this might be a dream scenario. I was able to find one of the top edge rushers in this year's draft all the way down at 32 - and there's no way I could pass him up. With the 32nd pick, the Patriots select...
Alvin "Bud" Dupree, defensive end, Kentucky
Weight: 269 pounds
Combine 40 time: 4.54
Again, Dupree falling to 32 is a shock to me. I expected he would be long gone, more likely to a 3-4 team like Arizona, New Orleans, or even the Packers.
But in New England, Dupree would be a great fit as an edge rusher in whatever alignment Bill Belichick chooses to use in a given week. Whether rushing with his hand on or off the ground, he should be able to disrupt the backfield. No, edge rushers aren't really a need with Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, and Jabaal Sheard all manning the position, but Belichick will find a way to get Dupree on the field.
|1||TB||Jameis Winston||QB||Florida State|
|5||WAS||Dante Fowler, Jr.||OLB||Florida|
|9||NYG||Kevin White||WR||West Virginia|
|13||NO||Trae Waynes||CB||Michigan State|
|19||CLE (from BUF)||Ereck Flowers||OT||Miami (FL)|
|20||PHI||Jaelen Strong||WR||Arizona State|
|25||CAR||Kevin Johnson||CB||Wake Forest|
|26||BAL||Melvin Gordon III||RB||Wisconsin|
|27||DAL||P.J. Williams||CB||Florida State|
|29||IND||Eddie Goldman||NT||Florida State|
|31||NO (from SEA)||Owamagbe Odighizua||OLB/DE||UCLA|
|32||NE||Alvin "Bud" Dupree||DE||Kentucky|