5 Prospects the New England Patriots Must Target on Day 3 of the 2014 NFL Draft

5 NFL Draft Prospects for the New England Patriots to Target Late

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The New England Patriots seem to find a good player or two late in the draft every single year, and I see no reason why it will be any different this time around. They may not always be popular picks, but Bill Belichick and the rest of the decision makers for New England obviously know how to target players who fit their system.

Here are five prospects for the Patriots to target on the last day of the 2014 NFL Draft.

5. WR Brandon Coleman

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5. WR Brandon Coleman

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This WR class is very deep, and while they do not have a huge need at the position, I cannot see the Patriots passing on all these talented receivers. At 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, Brandon Coleman seems to be exactly what New England need at WR. He has all the size and athleticism you could dream of in a player. Coleman is inconsistent while catching the ball, and his speed is just average for a WR. That said, he could be a huge weapon for the Pats.

4. DE/OLB Aaron Lynch

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4. DE/OLB Aaron Lynch

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The Patriots struggled rushing the passer last season. Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich make for a solid starting duo, but there is zero depth behind them. Aaron Lynch is a very risky prospect, but he has the skills to become an elite NFL pass rusher. Lynch showed his upside at times in college, but poor attitude seemed to get in the way most of the time. The risk is certainly there, but so is a ton of reward.

3. DT DeAndre Coleman

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3. DT DeAndre Coleman

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The Patriots need to add depth at the DT position in this draft, and DeAndre Coleman appears to be a nice potential value. He seemed to underperform a bit in college, but Coleman is a very athletic player for a man of his size (6-foot-5, 314 pounds), and is not afraid to do the dirty work. He also brings versatility across the defensive line, and that is a must with the Patriots, as they run a ton of different fronts.

2. QB Tom Savage

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2. QB Tom Savage

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With Ryan Mallet trade rumors popping up all over the place, the Patriots seem likely to be in the market for a backup QB. Also, Tom Brady is 36, and not getting any younger. It might be time to start grooming his replacement. Tom Savage could be the perfect guy for the Patriots to take a shot on late in this draft. Savage has a huge arm, but struggles with consistency. I say, let Brady take him under his wing and see what happens.

1. RB Tyler Gaffney

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1. RB Tyler Gaffney

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The Patriots rotate their running backs as much as anybody in the NFL. Because of this, they are always looking for players at the position. Tyler Gaffney is a tough and physical runner who was very productive at Stanford. He is an intelligent player who can catch the ball out of the backfield and pass block fairly well. Gaffney also showed surprising athleticism and speed at the combine, which makes him even more intriguing late in the draft.


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