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SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 5: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots yells during the game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 5, 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Each year, the media tries to figure out what Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will do in the NFL Draft or as he calls it “now you see it, now you don’t." Last year, he shocked everyone by not just trading up once, but twice in the first round. So the question is, will he stay where he is, trade down, like he did many times in previous years, or will he throw that change-up like last year. He has filled some holes in free agency so far with resigning of T Sebastian Vollmer, CB’s Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington and signing of S Adrian Wilson, WR’s Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins and others.  The one big loss was in Tom Brady’s favorite target WR Wes Welker, who signed with the Denver Broncos. The Patriots have a limited number of selections in this draft to fill a few holes.  Below is a mock draft with some potential ways to fill them Round #1 – Pick #28:  They trade the pick to the San Francisco 49ers for a second round pick (#2 from KC Chiefs) and their 5th round (#24 from Indianapolis Colts). Round #2 – Pick #2:  The Patriots select DT Jesse Williams from Alabama. In my first mock draft, I have the Patriots selecting him at #28, which was a small reach, but getting him here and a fifth round pick to go along with it is the extra edge the Patriots usually have.  Williams is a tough player with a rugby background, who also played some fullback for the Tide last year.  Williams could be the interior lineman Ron Brace never ended up being. Round #2 – Pick #27 They trade it to the Kansas City Chiefs for 3rd round pick (#2) and 6th Round (#2) Round #3 – Pick #2:  The Patriots select OL Barrett Jones from Alabama The Patriots love flexibility and in this draft he is the epitome of flexibility as he was an All-Mercian at two different positions (Tackle as a freshman and Center as a junior).  He also played Guard as a sophomore so he can fill in at any position on the line, which is why losing Donald Thomas will not hurt as much if they can get Jones. Round #3 – Pick #29: The Patriots select WR Ryan Swope from Texas A&M Swope, who ran one of the fastest 40 yard times at the NFL combine, was Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel’s favorite target last year.  Hard to imagine stepping up, but when your new passer is Tom Brady, you can say this is a certainty.  Swope can do a lot of Welker-like of things, which should help Brady.  Round #5 – Pick #24: The Patriots select FS Tony Jefferson from Oklahoma Jefferson if healthy is a 2nd or at worse a 3rd round pick.  He has played all three years.  Some experts do not see him as a top talent, but Belichick will love him for his grit and football IQ.  If he stays healthy he will be a steal like Dennard was last year. Round #6 – Pick #2 – The Patriots select OG Earl Watford from James Madison Watford showed signs of quickness and strength, but his biggest attribute is the chip on his shoulder coming from James Madison and the Colonial Athletic Association.  Belichich loves the underdog guy who wants to show people up.  A couple of year ago he took the chance on Marcus Cannon who was recovering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.  Watford will come and show a lot of people he deserves to be drafted and be part of this team. Round #7 – Pick #12 – The Patriots select WR Denard Robinson from Michigan The one thing the Patriots want in players is willingness to play multiple positions, which is why Robinson would be a great pick here.  He will be the new version of Julian Edleman.  Robinson is fast and athletic and is willing to play WR, BR, CB or return specialist.  He would also be able to play QB, which he has done with success in college.  He is the ultimate Swiss Army knife. Round #7 – Pick #29 – The Patriots select ILB Steve Beauharnais from Rutgers Belichick loves guys from Rutgers, especially the ones under the radar who want to just play and hit people.  Playing alongside stud linebacker Khaseem Greene, Beauharnais is another flexible player who can step up and wrap mup runners, or if needed play on the outside as a defensive end.  He needs some weight, but if he is available here, he is worth the selection.  He will thrive under Belichick and could be like Rob Ninkovich. var switchTo5x=true; stLight.options({publisher:''});

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  • San Fran already has at least 11 picks (plus 3 comp picks), why would they want to trade? I just don't see BB taking DT with their forst pick, they just got 2 DLs from the Argonauts. And when DBs are the biggest need, is Jefferson the best and only one they would bring in? Makes no sense at all. I do like Swope and Denard Robinson as later round picks, but DB has got to be a priority.

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