In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShay covers three scenarios for each team in the first round. This is how he envisions things could unfold for the Patriots at the No. 29 pick:
If UCLA defensive end Datone Jones is available, he would be a solid pick.
"Jones could offer help along the defensive front, giving the Patriots another versatile player who can line up at end opposite Chandler Jones and reduce inside to rush the passer in sub packages," McShay writes.
But McShay then considers a second scenario where the Patriots go for a receiver (Cal's Keenan Allen if available), before looking toward defensive backs (Jamar Taylor, Blidi Wreh-Wilson).
ESPN's Stats & Info department then adds this fact: "Only the Jets faced more passes thrown more than 20 yards downfield than the Patriots did in 2012. New England allowed a 41.7 completion percentage on those throws (NFL average: 33.9), and was one of three teams to allow double-digit touchdowns on deep throws."
To read McShay's scenario-based mock draft, CLICK HERE.