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2013 NFL Draft: Potential Round 7 Picks for the Patriots

Saturday, April 27th, 2013
Marquess Wilson NFL Draft

Marquess Wilson is an incredible talent, but off the field issues may drop him to the seventh round. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

The New England Patriots have to endure a long wait on Day 3 of the 2013 NFL Draft. After selecting TCU wide receiver Josh Boyce at No. 102 overall, the fifth pick of the day, the Patriots are not on the clock again until Round 7, when the Patriots will have three picks in a 10-pick span.

With their first five picks, the Patriots have drafted two wide receivers, two defensive backs and a versatile outside linebacker/defensive end. In Round 7, the Patriots should focus on finding value in hidden gems rather than focusing on specific needs, but could look to add depth on the offensive line, defensive front seven, or even more talent at wide receiver or the secondary.

Here are six players who could still be on the board in Round 7 that would make sense for the Patriots:

Update: The Patriots traded one of their seventh-round picks, No. 229 overall, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with running back Jeff Demps in exchange for running back LeGarrette Blount. The Patriots still hold the No. 226 and No. 235 overall selections.

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2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Florida Defensive End Earl Okine

Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Earl Okine NFL Draft

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Playing on a defense loaded with NFL talent can be very beneficial for a draft prospect, as the talent around him can increase his playmaking opportunities and mask his flaws. In Earl Okine’s case, however, the talent at Florida may have just masked his talent.

While fellow defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd is a potential top-10 overall draft pick, and a number of other Gators defenders including linebackers Jon Bostic and Jelani Jenkins and safeties Matt Elam and Josh Evans all look like sure draft choices, Okine is a long shot.

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