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.