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Thursday, October 7, 2010
Patriots loaded with 2011 draft picks


For now, the New England Patriots have two selections in each of the first four rounds of the 2011 draft.

When I say "for now," I don't necessarily mean they could potentially trade some of those picks. There's a good chance they'll accumulate more.

The Patriots have their own picks plus these:
ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay weighed in with their thoughts on what the Patriots should do with those assets.

Kiper recommended the Patriots infuse some youth onto an aging offense. Kiper said the Patriots can come away with a quality running back and wide receiver and perhaps find a replacement for Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins.

With the Raiders' first-round pick, Kiper claimed the Patriots could get Georgia receiver A.J. Green, Alabama running back Mark Ingram or Kansas State running back Daniel Thomas.

McShay predicted the Patriots will concentrate on defense because they don't have a track record of effectively drafting running backs or receivers in the first round.

McShay mentioned defensive ends Allen Bailey of Miami, Adrian Clayborn of Iowa, Cameron Heyward of Ohio State and Da'Quan Bowers of Clemson as good fits for the Patriots' scheme.

At outside linebacker, McShay pointed to Robert Quinn of Clemson, Akeem Ayers of UCLA and Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue.

ESPN Stats & Information took a look at what type of player the Patriots could expect to draft with the third-round pick they acquired for Moss.