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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Patriots expected to upgrade at cornerback

Most mock drafts have the Patriots slated to help their secondary and several have the same player in mind, but not all.


Typically, the further down in the first round mock drafts go, the more scenarios begin to pop up and variances at each pick exist. While the first pick in the draft usually comes to a consensus, mock drafters hardly ever seem to agree who should be picked with the last pick of the first round.

Owners of the 29th pick, the norm doesn't hold true for the New England Patriots, as almost all mock drafts have the team taking a cornerback with its first selection. In the latest mock draft from SB Nation, that cornerback is Washington's Desmond Trufant, and both Dane Brugler of CBS Sports and Charles Davis of agree.

Bucky Brooks of also believes that the Patriots will look to upgrade the secondary, but Trufant was off the board for the Patriots as he projected the Indianapolis Colts to take him five spots earlier. Instead, Brooks paired the Patriots with Mississippi State's All-American cornerback Johnthan Banks, despite his poor Combine showing.

One of the few mock drafts that elected to address a position other than cornerback for the Patriots came from Rob Rang of CBS Sports, who slated USC wide receiver Robert Woods to be selected and add to the already-potent New England offense.

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