ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper is holding a media conference call today, and the plan from here was to focus on the picks few are talking about -- those after the first round.
So when it was time to ask Kiper a question, this was the offering: "The Patriots have two second-round picks, and given the depth of this draft, who are some options you could envision being good selections for the team?"
Kiper then explained that it's a challenge to answer the question without knowing what the team would do in the first round, so he went off the premise that the club drafted defensive lineman Kendall Reyes and North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the first round, which was his latest projecton. That had him focusing on three other positions in the second and third rounds.
Outside linebacker: "[Marshall's] Vinny Curry, can he be a 3-4 outside linebacker? He needs to run better than he did. You thought maybe he could. Shea McClellin would be a guy in the second round, out of Boise State. I think he could be a heck of a 3-4 outside linebacker. I think he would be a guy who would interest [Bill] Belichick and the Patriots."
Safety: "Antonio Allen in the third or fourth round out of South Carolina."
Wide receiver: "A true wide receiver, a guy I really like is Brian Quick out of Appalachian State, in the second or third round. A big receiver, athletic, a hurdler, a basketball player in high school up to his senior year. He had a great game against Virginia Tech this year and he's the type of guy in the second or third round that would be attractive to a team like the Patriots."