By Daniel Schmelzer @D_Schmelzer on March 14, 2014
Somewhat surprisingly, the New England Patriots landed Darrelle Revis off the open market quickly after he was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Revis will certainly help in the secondary and will allow the Patriots to go in another direction early in the draft. With many needs on the roster, the Patriots could go in a ton of different ways with the No. 29 overall pick. Here are 5 possible first-round scenarios.
Since Randy Moss left town, Tom Brady has severely lacked a No. 1 wide receiver to throw to. There are certainly some concerns, but Kelvin Benjamin has that kind of ability. At 6-foot-5, 235-pounds, Benjamin has great size for a NFL receiver. He has good speed and athleticism that helps him do a great job high-pointing the ball in the air. Benjamin has great upside and would be an instant contributor for New England.
Ryan Shazier is an athletic freak who would fit in well with the Patriots. He has the defensive versatility that Bill Belichick loves. Shazier is a good defender, great tackler and solid pass rusher. He could play on the inside or outside of New England's 3-4 and outside in the 4-3. He has crazy athleticism that will help him defend some of the great athletes at the tight end position. Ryan Shazier would be a great pick at No. 29 overall.
Most mock drafts have the Patriots taking Amaro with their first-round pick. He is a big and athletic TE with natural pass catching abilities. He does a great job of using his athleticism to get open and has very reliable hands. Amaro was never really asked to block in college, but he shows the raw skills to do so. The Patriots love tight ends, and I am sure they would get the most out of Amaro.
New England is not afraid to trade back and acquire more picks. Selecting 29th in the first round of the draft, I would not be surprised to see them trade out of the round. DE Stephon Tuitt from Notre Dame, DT Ra'Shede Hageman from Minnesota and WR Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt would be some possible targets in the early second round if they choose to do so.
Louis Nix and New England are a match made in heaven. The Patriots have a huge need at the defensive tackle position, and Nix is one of the best in the class. Plus, the fact that he can play the nose gives them protection against the probable loss of Vince Wilfork. At 6-foot-2, 331-pounds, Nix has all the size and strength that you could want. On top of that, he has incredible quickness and athleticism for such a big man.
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