Mock thoughts: Branch & Jenkins

April, 2, 2012
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ESPN's eight reporters who cover the NFL's eight divisions team up for their "blog network" mock draft. James Walker, who has the AFC East blanketed, plays the role of Bill Belichick and makes the Patriots' selections.

Clemson defensive end/outside linebacker Andre Branch is the pick at No. 27.
"The Patriots need athleticism on defense and the ability to rush the passer from the outside," Walker writes. "Branch can help replace the combined 20 sacks New England lost this offseason with the departures of DEs Mark Anderson and Andre Carter."

Then, at No. 31, Walker rolls the dice with cornerback Janoris Jenkins.
"Jenkins comes with some character concerns. But New England's strong locker-room leadership will make sure it gets the best out of Jenkins, who has the physical ability to develop into a legit No. 1 corner," Walker writes.

To read the mock draft, CLICK HERE.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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