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The Patriots made Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo (middle) their second-round selection.
Dominique Easley, DT (Round 1, pick No. 29)
Two surgically repaired ACLs make Easley an injury question mark, but there is no denying his ability when healthy. The Patriots absolutely needed a player with his skill set to penetrate the offensive line and make plays in the backfield, but now their depth chart at defensive tackle is loaded with players who have health issues.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick repeatedly called Easley a "disruptive" defender, and the Patriots have assembled a wrecking crew three-man rotation with Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly, who are both closer to the end of their careers than the beginning.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB (Round 2, pick No. 62)
By selecting Garoppolo, the Patriots made sure to stay ahead of the curve with regard to finding and developing the quarterback of the future.
At the very least, he is insurance on Ryan Mallett, who is a free agent after 2014. Garoppolo is not known for his physical tools, but he has a quick release, quick eyes to read a defense and he throws well in rhythm. Learning from Brady for a few years could be the best thing that happens to him.
Bryan Stork, C (Round 4, pick No. 105)
The Patriots needed depth on the interior of the offensive line. They signed Ryan Wendell to a two-year deal this offseason, and Dan Connolly is under contract for 2014, but the Patriots could still be looking to upgrade at either spot for the long term.
Stork was an All-American and winner of the Rimington Trophy for best center in the nation. He is not considered a dominating physical interior lineman, but he has the movement skills to operate well in space and in a zone-blocking scheme.
James White, RB (Round 4, pick No. 130)
The Patriots will have to make some big decisions on the futures of Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley with the franchise over the next nine months. Adding James White to the mix gives them one option if they choose to move in another direction. He has fumbled only twice on his 754 career touches, and he is versatile to contribute on special teams and as a blocker in the passing game.
Zach Moore, DE (Round 6, pick No. 198)
At 6'6" and 269 pounds, Zach Moore is an explosive prospect in the front seven and has some positional versatility to play inside or outside, but his true position remains a question mark. If the Patriots can develop his physical traits and find his positional fit, he could be a very valuable pick.
He doesn't have experience against top competition and will need to add some strength if he's to hold up against NFL competition. For now, he could fill a number of needs as a rotational player in the defensive front.