Peter Schrager of Foxsports.com produces his post-combine mock draft and he envisions a scenario in which one of the "combine sliders" lands at No. 27 to the Patriots -- Baylor receiver Kendall Wright.
Wright was considered one of the fastest receivers in the draft class, but he ran a 4.61 at the combine.
"If he’s still on the board at 27, this is a steal," Schrager writes. "Most often compared to DeSean Jackson for his big-play ability, I’ve been hot on Wright since I saw him toe the sideline for 30 yards on a touchdown run against Kansas State. He’s a lightning bolt that possesses good hands and great route-running ability. ... I love Wright in that New England offense."
Then, at No. 31, Schrager could see North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown as the pick. At 6-foot-1, 244 pounds, Brown projects as an off-the-line linebacker in the Patriots' scheme, although Schrager thinks there's a better fit.
"Brown says he is open to playing any linebacker spot in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme at the next level, but I think he fits best as an edge rusher," Schrager writes. "Bill Belichick takes talent — from all parts of his roster, his practice squad, other teams’ practice squads, and the scrap heap — and finds a way to make them work. Brown could be a guy who steps into a big role on the defense on Day 1."
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