Rob Rang of CBSSports.com produces his latest mock draft and he goes with a split between defense and offense.
At No. 27, Rang gives the team Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.
Cox will appeal to Bill Belichick for various reasons, not the least of which is the fact that the 6-4, 295-pound junior is just scratching the surface of his potential. And make no mistake, the potential is there for Cox to be a star. The Bulldog defensive tackle earned the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times this season and is highly regarded by scouts because of his size, strength and ability to play inside or out in multiple fronts. That type of versatility will also certainly intrigue Belichick.
At No. 31, the choice is LSU receiver Rueben Randle.
The Patriots relied heavily on All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski in 2011 and struggled to generate big plays in the passing game with him limited. Bill Belichick has shown a preference to stay away from high-maintenance, first-round wide receivers but cannot deny the need for size and speed outside.
The feeling here is that receiver is a position that will be targeted this offseason. Time to study up on Randle a bit.