With the Patriots losing to the Ravens in the playoffs, their positioning in the first round of the draft was solidified. They will now pick 22nd.
The question then came to mind: What type of player might the Patriots get at 22?
Mel Kiper's "Big Board" (Insider content) came in handy for the answer. While much can change between now and the draft, here is a feel for some of the players that Kiper, the longtime ESPN draft analyst, projects to be in the 19-25 range:
S Taylor Mays (Southern California)
DE Brandon Graham (Michigan)
LB Sergio Kindle (Texas)
TE Jermaine Gresham (Oklahoma)
RB Jahvid Best (California)
WR Arrelious Benn (Illinois)
CB Patrick Robinson (Florida State)
The Patriots have one first-round draft choice and three second-round selections (their own, Tennessee's, Jacksonville's), so the opportunity is there to infuse the roster with more quality, young talent.
One of the goals here over the next few months will be becoming familiar with more of the players in the draft, and who might fit best for the Patriots.