One last look at candidates for Pats at No. 29

One last look at candidates for Pats at No. 29
May 8, 2014, 5:00 pm
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You've had a good three months to marinate in mock drafts since the Seahawks beat the Broncos for the Lombardi Trophy. Let's take one last turn through some of the latest expert projections to see which college prospects could be selected by the Patriots at No. 29 to help them get back to the Super Bowl.

The Pick: Timmy Jernigan, DL, FSU

Expert picking: Pro Football Talk

What they're saying: "The diluted urine sample from the Scouting Combine hurts Jernigan, helps the Patriots. What would help the Pats even more is a chance to trade down with a team that wants to get quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, like the Vikings."

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The Pick: Dominique Easley, DL, Florida

Expert picking: Josh Norris, Rotoworld

What they're saying: "Easley is a top-10 talent but has two ACL tears to his name on opposite knees. Played at a high level this season after the first one. I still think top-40 [projection], like Cornelius “Tank” Carradine."

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The Pick: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Expert picking: Evan Silva, Rotoworld

What they're saying: "I don't think it would be the Patriots making this pick, but I do believe Bridgewater will ultimately go in the first round, likely to a team that trades into the back end. Bridgewater's smallish stature and hand size are concerns, but he commands the pocket with composure and delivers the football with precise accuracy in game settings. Some team will view Bridgewater as a potential starter."

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The Pick: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

Expert picking: Mike Mayock, NFL Network

What they're saying: "If the Pats stay put, Amaro makes a ton of sense. At his size he's a glorified wide receiver who can split wide or play in the slot, and gives Brady another young weapon."

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The Pick: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame

Expert(s) picking: Todd McShay, ESPN and Peter King, Sports Illustrated

What they're saying: "Tuitt is a top-15 player in this class based purely on talent; the issue with him has been proving he can play with consistent effort. If the Patriots are confident they can get the most out of him, he could be a steal here, given his versatility, physical tools and the Pats' need along the defensive line." -- McShay
"Everyone I’ve talked to said some version of, “Oh, New England’s trading out.” Which I buy. I also would buy tight end Jace Amaro here. I do not buy Ra’shede Hageman. Too boom-or-bust. Tuitt’s a very strong Patriot kind of versatile tackle and 3-4 end with the ability to play outside, a la Vince Wilfork." -- King

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The Pick: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

Expert(s) picking: Mel Kiper, ESPN and Pete Prisco, CBS Sports

What they're saying: "They could go a few different directions here. I do think Pryor is a good fit given a need at safety, but I could also see the Patriots targeting a defensive lineman such as Ra'Shede Hageman or Stephon Tuitt. And another sleeper here would be Carlos Hyde, a top-15 talent who takes a big value hit because he plays running back. But he'd offer an element the Patriots don't have on the roster. That all said, Pryor makes sense, would be a good value here, and can help the defense in the short term." -- Kiper

"The one thing they lack in the secondary is the big thumper. He could be that guy." -- Prisco