ESPN.com NFL draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay have released their latest mock drafts as we inch closer to draft day.
Kiper still has one Big East player in his first round; McShay has none. In his mock draft 3.0, Kiper moved UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes up to the first selection the Patriots have, at No. 27 overall. Kiper writes:
The Patriots know they have to get better along the defensive front, and that could come via free agency (Mario Williams?). Still, I'd be surprised if they don't target it in the draft, even though Bill Belichick never fails to make moves and surprise during the draft. Reyes provides an active run-stuffer up front, a guy that can eat up blocks and free up rushers.
Kiper also lists Reyes as the No. 4 defensive tackle available in the draft, in his updated look at the top 5 players by position. Shamarko Thomas of Syracuse is also listed as the No. 5 safety available. Kiper also updated his big board, though there are no Big East players on it.