5 Prospects New England Patriots Could Target in 2nd Round of NFL Draft

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5 Prospects New England Patriots Could Target in 2nd Round of NFL Draft
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Louisiana Tech RB Kenneth Dixon (above) has a versatile skill set that perfectly fits the Patriots offense.

Without a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, the New England Patriots are going to need to dig a little deeper into their scouting portfolios to find potential fits.

Of course, Bill Belichick isn't exactly a stranger to going an entire seven rounds without using a first-round pick. In fact, the Patriots have traded out of the first round altogether twice in the past seven years, which makes him uniquely experienced in scouting the deeper parts of the pool.

That being said, their second-round success has been hit-and-miss, mostly miss. The Patriots have made 14 second-round picks going back to 2008; Terrence Wheatley, Ron Brace, Darius Butler, Jermaine Cunningham, Ras-I Dowling, Tavon Wilson and Aaron Dobson are among the picks who failed (or have failed as of yet) to live up to the billing assigned to them as second-rounders.

But the Patriots don't even have to look closely at this group of potential second-round picks to find fits for their team. At least a handful of players fit the bill. 

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