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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players the New England Patriots Must Avoid

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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players the New England Patriots Must Avoid

Bill Belichick
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The 2014 NFL Draft is extremely important for the New England Patriots. They must choose wisely and select players who can contribute and help the team win a Super Bowl this season. Here are five players the Patriots need to avoid in the upcoming draft.

5. Tre Mason

Mason
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5. Tre Mason

Mason
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The Patriots have a void in the running game to fill after the departure of LeGarrette Blount, but Tre Mason is not the solution. The Pats need more of a power back to replace Blount. He was a big body and able to push through the defensive line. Mason's game replicates Stevan Ridley's, so it would be a waste to draft Mason who would duplicate that style.

4. Jimmie Ward

Jimmie Ward
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4. Jimmie Ward

Jimmie Ward
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Safety is certainly need for the Patriots, but Jimmie Ward isn't the right player for the job. Ward would be duplicating Devin McCourty's skills: a steady player, but not a playmaker. New England needs a hard-hitting safety who can force the issue and intimidate receivers. Ward is not that type of player, plus he's a little on the short side. The Patriots should select Deone Bucannon later in the draft instead.

3. Dee Ford

Dee Ford
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3. Dee Ford

Dee Ford
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Pass-rushing help may be the biggest need on the Patriots' list. Dee Ford can get after the QB effectively, but he's undersized and a bit of a tweener. The Patriots have enough tweeners on their team and should be looking at bigger pass rushers in the Chandler Jones mold, not the Rob Ninkovich mold.

2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Austin Seferian-Jenkins
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You can't doubt ASF's skill and ability, but he is not the type of tight end the Pats are looking for. Seferian-Jenkins creates mismatches but isn't as physical as his size would indicate. He also doesn't possess the speed and power to be legitimate presence in the offense. The Pats need someone who will be a little more physical and pay better attention to detail like blocking and route running.

1. Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin
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1. Kelvin Benjamin

Kelvin Benjamin
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People become mesmerized when they see a wide receiver listed at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds. Kelvin Benjamin has some great tools and is a tough kid, but he wouldn't do very well in the Patriots' system. He's raw to say the least. He has a low IQ, doesn't run routes well and drops way too many passes. The last thing Tom Brady wants is another rookie receiver who can't catch a football. Besides, it'll be a while before Benjamin is an impact player.