Kiper: Risky to count on Duron Harmon

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper has posted an Insider piece today in which he lists top needs for each NFL team.

One of them for the Patriots is safety and Kiper writes, "We'll see if Duron Harmon can take a step forward this season, but I consider that a tenuous assumption."

Harmon was a surprise third-round draft choice in 2013, and played 36.9 percent of the defensive snaps last season as the No. 3 option behind Devin McCourty and Steve Gregory.

With the Patriots releasing Gregory in late February, it thrusts Harmon (6-foot-1, 205 pounds) into a potential top role.

Tavon Wilson, Patrick Chung, Nate Ebner and Kanorris Davis round out the depth chart, with the chance that cornerback Logan Ryan (third round, 2013) gets a look there as well.

As for the draft, Washington State safety Deone Bucannon is among the prospects who have taken an in-house visit to Gillette Stadium. If he's available in a post-Round 1 scenario, he could be an intriguing option for the Patriots to consider.