As we dip our toe into the "mock draft" season, it is a reminder of how this is a good opportunity to learn more about prospects while considering various possibilities.
Along those lines, a mock draft from Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com brings up an outside-the-box possibility for the Patriots: One year after selecting Chandler Jones with its top pick, would the team take another player at the same position?
Jeremiah explores that thought by tabbing Florida State defensive end Cornellius Carradine to the Patriots at No. 29.
At 6-foot-5 and 264 pounds, Carradine has Patriots-type size for an end-of-the-line player in the team's system. But as colleague Field Yates noted in his defensive end positional review on Tuesday morning, it's a position in which the Patriots are deep.
Carradine comes with some medical questions, as noted by this scouting report on NFL.com: "As a senior, Carradine was thrust into first string duties opposite Bjoern Werner after Brandon Jenkins was sidelined with a foot injury. He then went on to start 12 games, registering 80 total tackles, including 13 tackles for loss, 11 of which were sacks. Against Florida, however, Carradine tore his ACL and will miss a large portion of the pre-draft process because of it, including the Senior Bowl."
To read Jeremiah's mock draft, CLICK HERE.