New England Patriots 2013 Mock Draft: Building the Perfect 7–Round Draft

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New England Patriots 2013 Mock Draft: Building the Perfect 7–Round Draft
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“Perfect” is in the eye of the beholder.

Okay, so maybe that’s not exactly how the old saying goes, but it still applies.  What’s perfect for one team is awful for another.

If the Bills take quarterback Geno Smith with their first pick, good for them.  If the Patriots do the same, it would be the biggest waste of resources this side of the Big Dig.

So what is the Patriots’ perfect draft?

In short, one that fills their needs and brings in top-notch talent.

New England’s needs are few but urgent.  Atop the list is wide receiver, where they currently have Danny Amendola and Donald Jones slotted as starters.  Other legitimate weapons to accompany Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, will make the Patriots offense virtually unstoppable and give Tom Brady even more options in the passing game.

A young cornerback would be a welcome addition as well.  Aqib Talib is back on a one-year deal, so while he, Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard make for a solid unit, they aren’t elite by any means, and now is the time to land Talib’s eventual replacement.

The only other major need is along the defensive front seven, where the team still lacks a true pass-rushing force.  Chandler Jones looks primed to take a step forward in his second season, but the Patriots need pressure from more than just one player.  If they can land a disruptive rusher in the draft, one has to think they’ll seize that opportunity.

Beyond that, look for them to pad their depth and find insurance for players already under contract.

Without further adieu, here is the New England Patriots' perfect mock draft.

 

*All NFL combine stats courtesy of NFL.com/combine 

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