- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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The feeling here is that the most intriguing Patriots-based storyline entering the 2013 draft was the pursuit of a receiver. The topic was explored in this piece.
As we prepare for the second and third rounds of the draft, starting at 6:30 p.m., it's worth noting that this is the sweet spot for receivers.
With this in mind, here's our personal preference of those receivers who represent the best fit for the Patriots.
1. Markus Wheaton (Oregon State; pictured at right) -- One of the fastest receivers in the draft, although he is somewhat undersized (5-11, 189). At a diva position, he is considered to have terrific "football character." Some analysts say he is the closest thing to Mike Wallace (2009 third round) in this draft.
2. Robert Woods (Southern Cal) -- A more polished all-around receiver than Wheaton, the 6-foot, 201-pound Woods isn't as fast but he had tremendous production in college and is considered a smooth route-runner. (selected by Bills, 41st overall)
3. Keenan Allen (California) -- He doesn't run fast for the stopwatch, but plays fast and reminds some of Anquan Boldin. At 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds, he is a bigger target.
4. Aaron Dobson (Marshall) -- At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, he is a bigger receiver who has shown a knack for making the highlight reel catch. Not a speed burner, though.
5. Justin Hunter (Tennessee) -- A supreme talent, but doubts on how he'd fit with the Patriots. (selected by Titans, 34th overall)
6. Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech) -- Solid pass-catcher and blocker who could be a nice fit as the second choice in a double-dip scenario.
7. Josh Boyce (Texas Christian) -- Height-weight-speed prospect who also has the mental aptitude to grasp a complex scheme.
8. Terrance Williams (Baylor) -- A confident playmaker on the outside, and at 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds is an outside vertical threat.
9. Marquise Goodwin (Texas) -- Like Wheaton, he has something that can't be taught -- speed. Still developing as a pass-catcher.
9hBy Jackie MacMullan