Best case scenario: Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
If Dwyer falls to them here, they have no reason to pass him up. He flashes Corey Dillon-like style, with a straight-ahead downhill running style. He excels between the tackles, a trait which complements Tom Brady and the rest of the offense nicely. He'll command more defenders into the box with his ability to shed the first tackler.
Best of all, the play action will be a weapon for Tom Brady as a result.
Dwyer has remained injury-free, a trait not possessed by any of New England's backs (less Kevin Faulk). His only weakness is a lack of experience in the receiving game, but with Tom Brady throwing the ball, he'll certainly gain that experience quickly.
Worst case scenario: Navorro Bowman, OLB, Penn State
I'm not knocking on Penn State, I swear.
In fact, I think Bowman will make an exceptional outside linebacker in the NFL. Just not in a 3-4 scheme. He's not an elite pass-rusher, and he's way too lean at a meager 231 lbs.
He's relentless in pursuit of the running back, and overall he has great range vs. the run game, but the Pats really need to focus on defensemen who can get to the quarterback. If any other team were willing to pick Bowman at No. 37, I might expect the Patriots to trade down.
Most likely scenario: Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas
I know what you're thinking—why do the Patriots need a DT? They just franchise tagged Vince Wilfork, after all.
Well, Houston's listed as a DT, but with his size and skill set he could play anywhere along the line in a 3-4 defense. If the Patriots can pick up a talented outside linebacker to go at an offensive tackle, Houston could still rush against interior linemen—just as he did at Texas.
This from Scouts Inc.: "Plays with a wide base...can anchor against double teams when plays with sound technique...strong bull rusher who drives legs after contact and can collapse the pocket on occasion." These are all traits that have been credited to one Richard Seymour throughout his career. This isn't to say that he's the second coming of the former All-Pro, but his talent could translate into big success if he's coached well.