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Friday, March 27, 2009
Kiper predicts Pats will clean up in second round


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

NFL draft expert Mel Kiper held a recent conference call to discuss his thoughts on the upcoming conscription.

Kiper shared his thoughts on what kind of damage the New England Patriots can do with six picks among the first 97.

"It puts you in pretty good shape. You're talking about a draft that has some middle-round guys and late-round guys that will be very good players in this league. You should be able to get some depth in certain positions. Linebacker's and area they want to get younger, whether it's Clay Matthews, Brian Cushing, Larry English -- a lot of those 3-4 type guys.

"In the defensive backfield, not any first-round, guaranteed stars at the cornerback spot. I like a D.J. Moore out of Vanderbilt as a third-round pick. He'll be a heck of a third-round pick. He's a very underrated kid, and there are several others that fall in that category.

"You're going to get good players that fall for the reason that they don't have the great measurables, but they're good football players. Some of these guys with good measurables are busts. You're going to do extremely well with those picks if you're the Patriots."