Sam Farmer, who covers the NFL for the Los Angeles Times, puts together his first mock draft and he focuses on defense for the Patriots.
At No. 27, he envisions a scenario where USC defensive end Nick Perry is the pick.
"Scouts call Perry a relentless 'high-motor' guy, and he appears to be just the type Bill Belichick likes. He had a Pac-12-high 9.5 sacks last season," Farmer writes.
Then, at No. 31, he slots UConn defensive lineman Kendall Reyes to the Patriots.
"Reyes might be around if the Patriots wait, and they also need secondary help, but his stock is climbing and he wouldn't be a bad pickup here," Farmer notes.
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ANALYSIS: In past years, a pick like Perry wouldn't seem like a fit for the Patriots because he's viewed as more of a pure 4-3 end. But given the changes within the Patriots' defense over the last year, and the high percentage of snaps in sub packages (65-70 percent), one could endorse the idea of taking an explosive athlete in the front-seven even though he isn't a prototypical fit for the team's traditional base 3-4 defense. While Perry is an end-of-the-line player in the Patriots' system, Reyes would fit more on the interior as a bigger lineman (possible RDE in the 3-4 or DT in the 4-3). It looks like he would be a solid prospect to develop.