2013 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots need help at receiver and safety

Jeff Gross

Mock drafts are split: Will the Patriots address the secondary or a thin wide receiver corps with the No. 29 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft?

After failing to re-sign Wes Welker and releasing Brandon Lloyd, the New England Patriots are scrambling for help at wide receiver. At the same time, a weak secondary is still in need of some aid. With the No. 29 overall selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, mock draft experts see the Pats potentially addressing either position.

Charley Casserly of NFL.com likes LSU safety Eric Reid. Reid would be the third safety taken in Casserly's mock, behind Kenny Vaccaro and Matt Elam. Coming in at No. 5 in SB Nation's position rankings, Reid is perhaps rated a little higher on Casserly's board than elsewhere. That said, Reid is the total package, combining size, speed and strength just about as well any 2013 prospect associated with the defensive secondary.

Nate Davis of USA Today, meanwhile, sees USC wide receiver Robert Woods landing with the Pats. With tight ends and slot receivers abound, the Patriots will be able to attack defenses in the middle of the field. Woods has the athleticism and finesse to make a much-needed impact as a deep threat next season, especially if Lloyd isn't brought back to the organization.

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