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Mock thoughts: OL & DL help

Peter Schrager of Foxsports.com produces his second mock draft -- a post-Combine version -- and he goes two rounds deep this time around.

Schrager sees a scenario where the Patriots select Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo at No. 17, then are surprised to see Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt on the board at No. 28. This is different than his first mock draft, which had the Patriots selecting defensive end Cameron Jordan at No. 17 and Castonzo at No. 28.

Schrager adds a new twist this time around with a second-round projection, and he has the Patriots selecting Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin at No. 33, and Arizona outside linebacker Brooks Reed at No. 60.

ANALYSIS: The first round has that "attitude" type of feel that should be a priority for the team -- getting stronger at the line of scrimmage. Meanwhile, Baldwin (6-4, 225) has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver down the line and could potentially add an explosive element to the offense on the outside, which has been a hot topic of discussion this offseason. Reed would be looked at to provide a boost on third down as a pass-rusher, where the Patriots ranked last in the NFL last season. All four picks would help address needs, both in the short-term and long-term.