By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on April 30, 2014
Every NFL team targets certain players in the first round and use a big draft board to keep track of them. But, what happens if those players are selected before their chance? In that case, the team may have to settle for lesser talent. Here are five worst-case scenarios for the New England Patriots' first-round draft pick.
The DT position is a deep position in this year's draft. There is a lot of talent, especially in the first round. If players like Aaron Donald, Louis Nix and Ra'Shede Hageman are gone, then the Patriots can still select a promising DT in DaQuan Jones. He's explosive and brings a valuable skill set to the field.
The cornerback position is not that deep, but there is plenty of talent in the first couple of rounds. If CBs like Darqueze Dennard, Kyle Fuller and Jason Verrett are unavailable, then another underrated option is Lamarcus Joyner. Joyner may be small, but he's physical and plays like he's 6-foot-2. At 5-foot-8, he is an aggressive hitter. He can play safety and adds a lot as a kick returner.
The WR position is talented up and down the board. If first-round talents such as Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson and Kelvin Benjamin are already selected, then Paul Richardson is viable option. Richardson isn't very physical and does drop some passes. However, he's a legit deep threat with great straight-line speed, terrific route-running ability and has outlandish athleticism.
The Patriots could certainly use a pass rusher this year. There aren't many to choose from, so they could go fast. Trent Murphy could be a steal in this draft. He is projected as a mid-round pick, but has an extremely high ceiling, drawing comparisons to Jared Allen. Murphy isn't a bad option if the best DEs are selected.
New England needs to add depth to the TE position. TE is another position that is very deep. Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are among the top TEs. If they are not available, C.J. Fiedorowicz would suffice. Fiedorowicz is an attentive blocker and can drive down field and make plays. He's got big hands that allow him to catch anything in stride.
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