Mock thoughts: Jones & McClellin

April, 20, 2012
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Don Banks of SI.com produces his mock draft 6.0, and it has a defensive flavor for the Patriots. He envisions a scenario where Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones is the pick at No. 27, followed by Boise State outside linebacker Shea McClellin at No. 31.
"The Patriots are always a willing trade-down partner, so anyone getting itchy to move up and take Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden should have Bill Belichick's number handy," Banks writes of the Jones selection. "But for the moment, I'm giving New England a pass-rushing prospect who can help fill the void created by Mark Anderson's departure and Andre Carter's injury."

In selecting McClellin at No. 31, the Patriots add another piece in the front seven.
"Again, the Patriots could easily trade out of this slot, but if not, getting a versatile player who can plug into their defensive front seven is a solid selection," he writes. "If the Patriots don't go defensive end at No. 27, USC DE Nick Perry is a great value at No. 31."

To read the mock, CLICK HERE.

ANALYSIS: Both players look like good fits for the Patriots, although it might be a case where the Patriots go with a one-or-the-other scenario because they project to a similar position in the scheme. Banks notes this twice with the possibility of a trade. The Patriots have shown plenty of interest in Jones in the pre-draft process.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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