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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Sleepers Who Fit Perfectly With New England Patriots

Draft Sleeper Fits for New England Patriots

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Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots are notorious for taking off-the-radar sleepers earlier in the draft than expected. Sometimes it works out well (Rob Gronkowski, Logan Mankins and Devin McCourty) and sometimes it does not (Tavon Wilson, Ras-I Dowling and Taylor Price).

I can almost guarantee that Belichick will take at least one player sooner than most expect at some point in the 2014 NFL Draft. Here are some options.

5. Howard Jones, DE/OLB, Shepherd

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5. Howard Jones, DE/OLB, Shepherd

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While he will likely need some time to develop, Howard Jones has the skills to become an elite level pass rusher in the NFL. Incredible length and speed allow him to fly around the edge on his way to the QB. Jones did not dominate the Division II level the way you would like to see out of a small school prospect, but his skills are obvious. Pass rusher is one of the biggest needs for the Patriots heading into the draft, making the fit ideal.

4. Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

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4. Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

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Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 225-pounds, Brandon Coleman is the biggest WR prospect in this draft. His combination of size and athleticism is something that scouts dream of. While he is raw and must become a more consistent performer at the next level, Coleman has No. 1 WR potential. The current WR corps for the Pats is solid, but a potential No. 1 is something they are lacking.

3. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

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3. C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

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Due to injury issues of Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots will very much be in the market for a TE in this draft. C.J. Fiedorowicz seems like a great fit for the Patriots. While he does not have elite level athleticism, Fiedorowicz is the best blocking TE in the class, runs sharp routes and has reliable hands. He is a better athlete than he gets credit for, and at 6-foot-6, 265-pounds, he is a red zone option at worst.

2. Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State

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2. Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State

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Deone Bucannon is an athletic, hard-hitting safety who would be a perfect fit with the Patriots. Strong safety is one of the biggest needs that the Patriots have in this class, and Bucannon is one of the best. He has very good speed, is solid in coverage and is not afraid to lay to wood on receivers coming over the middle. Bucannon could be the enforcer in the middle of the Patriots' defense that they desperately need.

1. Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU

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1. Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU

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Kyle Van Noy is a versatile linebacker who would seem to be a perfect fit with the Patriots. He is commonly considered a second-round prospect, but I think Van Noy has first-round talent. He has the athleticism and awareness to rush the passer, defend the run and the pass all very well. Belichick loves versatility, making him an obvious fit. Predictions are always tough, but I could see the Patriots taking Van Noy at the end of the first round.