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Todd McShay Two-Round Mock Draft: Patriots Get Defensive

ESPN's Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft, this time including two rounds of projections. Unsurprisingly, McShay has the New England Patriots looking defensive with three of their four picks, including a pair of defensive linemen in the first round.

McShay likes the Patriots to take Chandler Jones from Syracuse at pick 27 and Kendall Reyes of UConn at 31. His analysis on each:

Jones: Jones is one of the most underrated prospects in the entire 2012 class and just the kind of versatile defender Bill Belichick likes. Jones is long and athletic and can play end in an odd or even front, maybe even some outside linebacker in 3-4 looks.

Reyes: Reyes is a versatile talent who hasn't yet played to his potential, but he is a smart player who could thrive in this scheme and with this organization.

In the second round, McShay has the Patriots taking Wisconsin center Peter Konz at pick 48 (his top ranked player at the position), and LSU safety Brandon Taylor at pick 62.

The Patriots defense ranked 31st overall in 2011, allowing 6,577 yards, including 4,703 through the air, the second worst total in NFL history.

The draft kicks off on Thursday, April 26.

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