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Miller: Brandon Thomas (OL, Clemson)
Easterling: Louis Nix III (DL, Notre Dame)
Rang: Kony Ealy (DE, Missouri)
Loyko: Ryan Shazier (LB, Ohio State)
My Pick: Troy Niklas (TE, Notre Dame)
With the exception of Thomas—who was injured after Miller's latest mock—the other picks are hard to argue against.
Adding talented defensive linemen and linebackers would take a lot of pressure off some of the players—Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, for example—who were asked to play a ton of snaps in 2013.
However, the depth of defensive linemen and linebackers in this draft class far outweighs that of the tight ends.
With the questions surrounding the tight end position—Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui are the only true threats on the roster—New England can ill afford to let a run happen on tight ends without them starting it.
Niklas is a prototypical "Y" tight end in New England's system, as he is able to block as well as catch the football. He doesn't have the speed of Gronkowski, but his size (6'7", 270 lbs) gives him a large catch radius and makes him a nightmare to defend in the red zone.