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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Patriots draft room chatter

By Mike Reiss

As part of its "Path to the Draft" show, NFL Network is in the process of putting together a segment on each NFL team. The Patriots were featured Tuesday (video here).

In the segment, analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis assess the team, with a depth chart in front of them on a big board. Receiver is a big focus.

"The Patriots haven't had a lot of success drafting receivers," Jeremiah notes, before touting Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins as a possible option for the team with the 29th overall pick.

As for the offensive line, Jeremiah points out that the Patriots are solid at tackle but perhaps will look to bolster depth on the interior at some point in the later rounds.

The segment continues with a look at defense, with Jeremiah noting the club has drafted 10 players in the secondary over the last five years but that the pass defense rated 29th in 2012.

"Something is not transferring from here to there," he says, pointing to the numbers.

"Part of that is 'what are you getting with pass rush?' Davis counters. "So what are you going to do to get more pressure on the quarterback to help the guys on the back end?"

Davis then says SMU defensive end Margus Hunt could be a good option for the Patriots at No. 29. Both Jeremiah and Davis then focus on the cornerback position with a possible second-round selection (e.g. Southeastern Louisiana's Robert Alford).