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Belichick and the Patriots swing twice late in the 1st round.
25. Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Brockers, Louisiana State University, defensive end
General manager Scott Pioli takes advantage of the Broncos' conviction to move up and draft Ryan Tannehill, getting second-round selections this year and next, and adds a polarizing talent along his defensive line in Brockers.
Incumbent defensive end starters Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey, who have both somewhat disappointed after being top-five picks in their own right, will be free-agent or cap-casualty candidates in a year.
Brockers represents a potential replacement for one of them with some upside that is much more palatable at this stage of the first round.
26. Houston Texans: Michael Floyd, University of Notre Dame, wide receiver
27. New England Patriots: Andre Branch, Clemson University, outside linebacker
The best pass-rusher still on the board, addressing a primary need for this team, Branch should also appeal to Belichick's hybrid defensive schemes with his projected ability to play in space and with his hand on the ground.
28. Green Bay Packers: Kendall Reyes, University of Connecticut, defensive end
Ted Thompson would love a pass-rusher to complement Clay Matthews, but there is not one that makes sense on the board at this spot.
Instead, a player that is starting to creep into the late first round in an increasing number of draft projections, Reyes has the size and penetration skills to be a quality upgrade at one of the five-techniques along the Packers defensive line.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, University of Wisconsin, center/guard
30. San Francisco 49ers: Dre Kirkpatrick, University of Alabama, defensive back
If they do not land one in free agency, a potential No. 1 wide receiver may be a serious consideration at this spot. There are several potential candidates with this profile: Stephen Hill, Rueben Randle and Alshon Jeffery, none of whom I like this high.
Instead, look for Trent Baalke and Jim Harbaugh to go "best player available" that also qualifies as a perpetual need for all NFL teams in the defensive secondary.
Kirkpatrick is a hot name in certain circles as a cornerback because of his elite height. I have doubts about his ability in man-coverage and actually think he will move early in his career, if not outright from the start, to free safety.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, Stanford University, tight end
Another carryover draft trade from my previous mock. Belichick's propensity to trade out of the first round aligns perfectly with the Colts' new brass targeting Luck's collegiate go-to receiver.
The Pats pick up the opening selection of this year's fifth round with this move after dropping back three slots.
32. New York Giants: Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State University, guard/tackle
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