In the latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft from Wes Bunting at National Football Post, the New England Patriots selected Alabama safety Mark Barron and Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus (via National Football Post).
Here is what Bunting had to say about the selections:
27. New England Patriots: Alabama SS Mark Barron
New England has had to piece together their secondary this year, but in terms of talent they could certainly use an upgrade at a number of spots. Barron is a smart, instinctive safety with good ball skills, can play in the box and be effective bumping/running with tight ends underneath.
32. New England Patriots: Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus
Age is creeping up on the Patriots at the defensive end position and Mercilus has the type of measurables to really move up draft boards with a solid post-season.
Mocking The Draft ranks Barron No. 26 and Mercilus No. 32 in their Top 100 Draft Prospects.