With first-round draft picks at No. 27 and 31, and two selections in the second round, the Patriots figure to be active on the trade front on draft day. If they stay put, Chad Reuter of NFL Network envisions a scenario where the team focuses on the front seven.
In his most recent mock draft, Reuter slots LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers to the club at No. 27.
"The Patriots are another team regularly changing fronts, and this 6-foot-6, 306-pound redshirt sophomore will look to show everyone at the combine that he has the athleticism to play both the 3-4 five-technique spot and an interior role in the 4-3," Reuter writes.
Reuter gives the Patriots USC defensive end/outside linebacker Nick Perry at No. 31.
"The odds of the Patriots keeping this pick are very low; some team will once again take out a second mortgage on their future with Bank Belichick to pick someone who seems like a great value," Reuter writes. "But the Pats could be tempted by the potential conversion of Perry from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 rush linebacker, seeing him as an instant upgrade to their lackluster pass rush."