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Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Pats nuggets from scouts' chatter

By Mike Reiss

Todd McShay of ESPN's Scouts Inc. produces a piece in which he speaks with two scouts -- one from the AFC, one from the NFC -- and they go through a first-round mock draft (Insider content).

The Patriots get Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn at No. 17 and Alabama running back Mark Ingram at No. 28.

As part of the piece, McShay quotes the scouts and there were a few Patriots references. The NFC scout labeled the Patriots' pick at 17 his toughest.

"The two five-techniques who fit what New England's defensive scheme likes to do -- J.J. Watt and Cameron Jordan -- were already gone so I felt stuck a little and went with positional value in Adrian Clayborn," the scout says. "This pick would obviously hinge on the Patriots' clearing Clayborn medically and being comfortable with the nerve damage and limited range of motion in his right arm/shoulder/neck, but he has the size, strength and pass-rush ability to become a good fit as a rush end/ROLB in Bill Belichick's scheme."

Meanwhile, McShay shared his thoughts on the Ingram pick.

"While I do believe RB Mark Ingram will slide a bit in the first round, I was surprised to see him available to fill a need when the Patriots went on the clock at No. 28," he says.