Patriots only have second-rounders to move

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Patriots only have second-rounders to move

FOXBORO - Bill Belichick was happy Thursday night that the Patriots didn't have to part with either of their second-round picks to trade up in the first round.

But those two second rounders - 48 and 62 overall - are all the Patriots currently have left in the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Patriots have made 35 picks in rounds three-through-seven since 2007. Unless they make a deal in the next two days, that number will stay at 35.

It's unusual. And it may change. But if it doesn't and the Patriots don't deal either of those second-rounders for more picks (or deal a current player for more picks like, say, Brian Hoyer), where will the Patriots go in the second round?

Here are some of the more recognizable names that dropped through the first round.

There are three pretty good defensive backs out there still - Montana's Trumaine Johnson, North Alabama's Janoris Jenkins and Georgia corner Brandon Boykin. Boykin's the most intriguing because he has skills in all three phsases of the game.

Wide receiver Stephen Hill hasn't landed yet, nor has LSU's Rueben Randle, Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu, South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery or Appalachian State's Brian Quick.

The Patriots have probably addressed the edge of their front-seven with Chandler Jones so UConn's Kendall Reyes, Clemson's Andre Branch and Marshall's Vinny Curry are all on the board still.

On the offensive line, Georgia's Cordy Glenn, Ohio State's Mike Adams, Wisconsin's Peter Konz (a guardcenter), Michigan center David Molk, Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin and Midwestern State guard Amini Silatolu are all on the board.

And with only three running backs off the board, almost that whole group is there. Watch for Cyrus Gray of Texas A&M and Chris Polk of Washington when the Patriots select.

Finally, I'm a Kirk Cousins guy. The Michigan State quarterback - if Hoyer is dealt (just spitballing here, folks) would be a new Michigan State understudy for Tom Brady and competition for Ryan Mallett.