New England Patriots Mock Draft: Updated 7-Round Projections After Senior Bowl

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New England Patriots Mock Draft: Updated 7-Round Projections After Senior Bowl
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The renowned Senior Bowl has been checked off the to-do list, the NFL combine is circled on the calendar, and the 2013 NFL draft is just three months away.

Needless to say the New England Patriots' brass have a lot on its plate.

While it's hard to get over the AFC Championship Game loss to the Baltimore Ravens, draft season is looming. And the Patriots have a chance to add onto the youth movement already under way in Foxborough.

Although New England has struck gold in recent drafts, head coach Bill Belichick and director of player personnel Nick Caserio won't shy away from restocking the talent pool come April 25.

As far the Patriots' areas of need, defensive tackle, defensive back, edge rusher, wide receiver, offensive guard and offensive tackle are positions that warrant deepening. The problem, however, is the amount of room the Patriots have to budge.

New England is currently slated to make only five selections in this year's draft, and none in Rounds 4 through 6.

While the number of scheduled picks may seem scarce now, the organization is known for making swaps to accumulate picks once the draft clock starts ticking. That is largely how the Patriots have been able to draft 40 players since 2009, per Pro-Football-Reference.com.

Yet if New England goes quality over quantity and stands pat, here are five logical fits who could call Gillette Stadium home next season.

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