If 2011 third-rounder Jake Bequette doesn't pan out, the Pats may be in the market for another pass-rusher.
As a likely mid-round pick, the Ivy League's Mike Catapano could bolster their defensive line.
Catapano's stock has risen during practices for the Shrine game, according to the National Football Post's practice report:
Able to consistently beat the offensive tackle around the corner and inside allowed him to regularly pressure the quarterback in every drill. Not only productive rushing the passer, his ability to defeat run blocks allowed him to make plays against the run at him and away. His strong week of practice has put Catapano in position to be a third round pick if he continues to perform well the rest of the spring.
The concern with Catapano, of course, is whether he'll be able to produce against stronger competition. Still, he's been elite against the teams he has faced—he racked up 12 sacks this year, best in his conference.
A big performance at the East-West Shrine Game could vault Catapano into the high rounds, but if he's still around in the third round of the draft, the Pats would be wise to consider taking him.