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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots looking to bolster secondary

Many NFL draft projections have New England getting defensive backfield help next week.


The New England Patriots struggled in defending the pass last season, and most pundits believe the team will address that issue in next week's NFL Draft. Where disagreements come is whether New England will pick to improve their pass rush or coverage.

SB Nation's Matthew Fairburn believes the Patriots will opt for the latter. He has New England grabbing Blidi-Wreh Wilson out of Connecticut with the No. 29 pick. Fairburn adds that the team has taken a look at the cornerback, and he is among a number of options at the position late in the first round:

Blidi Wreh-Wilson may be a surprise to some, but he's a name to keep an eye on late in the first round. A run on cornerbacks could start in this range of the draft, and the Patriots have shown some interest in the Connecticut defensive back. He's flying under the radar, but Wreh-Wilson is in the mix in the second tier of cornerbacks.

Two members of's four-man draft panel agree that New England will draft for the secondary. Charles Davis projects the Patriots will go with Florida free safety Matt Elam, while Daniel Jeremiah believes the team will take Boise State cornerback Lamar Taylor. Bucky Brooks thinks the Pats will look to bolster the pass rush by selecting SMU defensive end Margus Hunt.

Akbar Gbajabiamila is the odd man out among prognosticators, as he has New England going with offense and taking Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter.

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