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News Blitz 2/7: Could the Patriots draft Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro?

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Doug Farrar]( Sports Illustrated shares his first 2014 NFL Mock Draft and believes the Patriots could select Texas Tech TEJace Amaro** with the 29th overall pick.

"Amaro was a yards-after-catch monster in college, lining up in the slot most of the time and creating nightmares for linebackers and safeties," notes Farrar.

Field Yates of believes that Patriots third-year safety Tavon Wilson didn't show signs of on-field development last season.  He logged just 18 regular season snaps on defense.

"Wilson has essentially become a core special teams player, making taking him in the second round last season look like a reach," writes Yates. "He doesn't have the requisite reactive athleticism to play as a deep, middle-of-the-field safety."

Frank Schwab of YAHOO! Sports shares his "Premature 2014 NFL Power Rankings." He puts the Patriots at No. 4 on the list.

"Give a 12-4 team Rob Gronkowski, Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and others back, and you think they'll be worse? They do need to figure out a way to get free-agent cornerback Aqib Talib back," adds Schwab.


Vinnie Iyer](* of *Sporting News takes a look at the notable unrestricted free agents at every position. Impending Patriots free agents such as RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Julian Edelman, LB Brandon Spikes and CB Aqib Talib are all part of the list.

Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald takes an in-depth look at the Patriots key free agents, with CB Aqib Talib leading the way.

"If the Pats want him at three years and $21 million and Talib wants four years and $32 million, look for a compromise of three years, games-played incentives worth an extra $2 million and All-Pro incentives that help the deal approach about $25 million, so long as the cornerback market doesn't unexpectedly tank like last year," writes Howe.

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