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Plenty of draft Day 2 options
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While the team left the first round without any new players, it has the picks and potential to accomplish a lot on Friday.
Patriots Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio said in his press conference after the first round that some of the players the team was considering selecting at No. 29 before the trade with the Vikings are still on the board heading into the second round.
So the Patriots could either pick up four new bodies in a draft that was considered by most to be deeper than it was top-heavy, New England can do some damage on Friday. Or, the team could use some of the new pick capital to move back up in the second round.
“I think we’re open to anything at this point,” Caserio said. “It gives us the flexibility to do a few things tomorrow.”
As it stands now, New England is scheduled to pick at No. 52, 59, 83 and 91 overall on Friday.
Those spots could offer the option to target the team’s top needs, which remain – in some order – defensive end, wide receiver and cornerback.
With that in mind here are some of the best players still available heading into the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Terrance Williams, Baylor
Justin Hunter, Tennessee
Keenan Allen, Cal
Robert Woods, USC
Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
Tank Carradine, FSU
Alex Okafor, Texas
Margus Hunt, SMU
Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
Darius Slay, Mississippi State
Jamar Taylor, Boise State
Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, UConn
Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
C Barrett Jones, Alabama
LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
DT Kawann Short, Purdue
DT John Jenkins, Georgia
OLB Sio Moore, UConn
S D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
S J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern
QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
QB Matt Barkley, USC
QB Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
T David Bakhtiari, Colorado
T Menelik Watson, Florida State
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