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1. Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana
Tripp possesses ideal movement skills and adds versatility to the Patriots' linebacking corps. Having not addressed the position through the first three rounds, New England could select Tripp in the fourth and reinforce the position behind the starting trio of Jerod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins.
2. Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
Freeman (5'8", 206 pounds) is a small but sturdily built running back who plays with much more power than his size would suggest. As a capable receiver and pass-blocker, Freeman is a multifaceted weapon who would be an excellent fit in New England's backfield committee.
3. DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
Jones offers talents much closer to the two-gapping 0- and 1-technique skill sets that Vince Wilfork provides. Perhaps doubling down at defensive tackle is a bit of an overkill, but with Wilfork and Tommy Kelly on the downside of their respective careers, the Patriots could create a thunder-and-lightning type of duo with Jones and first-rounder Dominique Easley.
4. David Yankey, OG, Stanford
Yankey is a bit stiffer in his movement than the Patriots typically desire from their linemen, but at some point, the value is simply too great to pass up. The Stanford product looked like a borderline second-round pick, and with terrific size and short pulling ability, the Patriots could certainly still use Yankey.
5. Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Williams (5'11", 230 lbs) is the closest approximation in this draft class to the bruising running style the Patriots employed through LeGarrette Blount in 2013. With Blount now in Pittsburgh, Williams could establish himself as an early-down fixture in the backfield committee.
6. Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
Stinson is a well-rounded 5-technique who could eventually turn into a three-down player. He's not explosive enough to ever compile significant sack numbers, but as a physical high-motor edge-setter, Stinson figures to turn into a regular-rotation player.
7. Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
The younger brother of current Pats running back Shane Vereen, Brock is an excellent athlete whose ranginess makes him an ideal free safety. The Patriots already have such a safety in Devin McCourty, but Vereen's skill set is in demand in today's NFL, so selecting him would not represent an incompatible redundancy.
8. Lamin Barrow, OLB, LSU
If the Patriots miss out on Tripp, Barrow would represent a nice consolation prize. Barrow (6'1", 237 lbs) possesses prototypical dimensions for a Will linebacker; with high football IQ and zone awareness, Barrow will almost certainly be a sub-package fixture wherever he lands.
9. Zach Fulton, OG, Tennessee
Fulton (6'5", 316 lbs) is a massive man who must impose his size more frequently than he does. He struggles to engage with his hands more than a player of his size should, but with his immense physical tools, the Patriots could mold him into a starter, much like they did with Marcus Cannon.
10. A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State
Leonard (6'2", 252 lbs) is a prototypical "F" move tight end who possesses good hands and after-the-catch ability. Though he provides no value as a blocker, Leonard's top-flight combine numbers depict a highly athletic prospect who could contribute immediately.