- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New England Patriots are the final team to draft in the AFC East. New England holds the No. 29 overall pick in April’s NFL draft.
Who should the Patriots take this year near the end of the first round? New England will be looking for value picks and talented players who fell down the draft board.
Is West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin a possibility? Austin is an explosive slot receiver in the mold of Percy Harvin. The Patriots are trying to re-sign free agent receiver Wes Welker. But Austin could add depth or be a potential replacement if Welker’s negotiations don’t go well.
New England also needs help in the secondary. The Patriots were 29th in pass defense last season. That could make players such as Florida safety Matt Elam and Mississippi State corner Johnthan Banks options at the end of the first round.
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