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Kiper envisions boost for front 7

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper released his second mock draft today (Insider content) and, as with any mock draft, the feeling from here is that it's a good springboard to get more familiar with some of the possible options.

Kiper focuses on a boost to the front seven for the Patriots, giving them Marshall outside linebacker Vinny Curry at No. 27.

"Curry is a really good pass-rusher for a team that needs to find some help in that area. I'm not sure he's the best candidate to play OLB in a 3-4, but Bill Belichick can scheme around his personnel as well as anybody," Kiper writes.

At the 31st overall pick, Kiper slots UConn defensive lineman Kendall Reyes to the Patriots.

"We've seen the value of Vince Wilfork, and while Reyes isn't the size of a city block, he certainly has some of the traits of a guy who can help a defense similarly," Kiper writes. "When he gets good leverage (which he usually does), Reyes is really strong and will get offensive linemen up off their feet as he pushes them into the backfield."