NFL Mock Draft 2013: Patriots could take Matt Elam or Tavon Austin

USA TODAY Sports

New England is looking to make another Super Bowl run, but it's never too early for draft talk.

The New England Patriots will be in their usual spot near the end of the board in the 2013 NFL Draft, but that hasn't stopped them from staying competitive and adding talent. The Pats could be looking to improve on defense with their first-round pick, but there is always the possibility of adding another weapon for Tom Brady.

CBS Sports has a couple of draft prognosticators in Rob Rang and Dane Brugler. Rang believes the Pats will go the defensive route and take strong safety Matt Elam out of Florida. Elam is currently a junior with 65 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four interceptions and five passes broken up.

Brugler believes the Patriots will draft the speedy Tavon Austin out of West Virginia. Austin seems like the type of player that Bill Belichick covets, as he can perform a number of duties. He has the ability to become Wes Welker's protege in the slot, ran the ball frequently with the Mountaineers and was a threat in the return game.

Of course, the actual order of the draft won't be known until after the end of the postseason, and plenty could change between now and April.

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