In the latest mock draft by Peter Schrager, New England uses a first round pick on each side of the ball.
Wide receiver Kendall Wright is mocked to the Patriots with their first pick at No. 27. Wright made beautiful music with Robert Griffin III at Baylor all year, but didn't have a great combine showing.
He looks incredibly fast when playing (isn't that the most important thing?) but timed out slow in the 40-yard dash. It will merit watching how Wright fairs at his pro day in March.
With its second first round selection, Schrager has New England taking Zach Brown, a linebacker out of North Carolina. Brown would potentially fill a need at pass-rusher off the edge.
Andre Carter and Mark Anderson did an adequate job last year, but aren't the prototypical specialist. Brown has exceptional speed and burst, making him an ideal candidate for the job. He also can play the run, showcased by his 105 tackles last season at Chapel Hill.
The Patriots are in an interesting situation. With two picks so high, they could package them and trade up for one great player. However, they're more likely to trade back and acquire more picks if Bill Belichick's history tells us anything.