This mock draft is done under the assumption we sign Brandon Lloyd and Laron Landry with our remaining cap space.
Pick 27: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
At 6'3" and 216 pounds, Jeffery is a very physical wideout. He gives the Pats a long-term target for Brady to complement Gronk, Hernandez, and Welker. Jeffery was a top-10 talent coming into this year and poor QB play let him slide into the late-1st/early 2nd range. I like that Jeffery is able to beat man or press coverage in a variety of ways. I see him as a huge upside pick as well as a guy with a reasonable level of polish. Honestly, I see a lot of AJ Green in him. Nick Perry would be the pick here, but I don't see him falling to pick 27. Others I considered here were Peter Konz and Fletcher Cox.
Pick 31: Trade for a 2013 1st and a 2012 2nd
There is a lot of good talent in the late-1st range as far as defensive players go, but I can't really pick one that is a perfect fit or an extremely undervalued player. By trading this pick, I'm keeping the tradition of having multiple 1st round draft picks in pretty much every draft.
Pick 48: Kendall Reyes, DE/DT, Connecticut
Reyes is my favorite of the 3-4 5 techs or 4-3 3 techs, whichever is needed. He is big (6"4" 300), athletic (he had quite an impressive combine but was overshadowed by Dontari Poe), and is capable of making plays behind the line of scrimmage. I see him as a better version of Fletcher Cox who comes in the 2nd round
Pick ??? (2nd Round from trade): Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia
Irvin is my favorite player in the entire draft. He already has an NFL ready skill, edge rushing, but has the size and athleticism that gives him the potential to develop into an elite OLB. In my opinion, he is comparable to Von Miller and Aldon Smith. This gives the Pats something they badly need: an athletic pass rusher.
Pick 63: George Iloka, FS, Boise State
I chose Iloka over Harrison Smith because I simply think that Iloka is much more versatile. Both are starting caliber safeties (at least, on the Pats), but Iloka has the size and athleticism to cover big WRs, line up at OLB to cover elite TEs, and has the coverage skills to break up potential big pass plays. Iloka could be the "jack of all trades" man in the secondary, something that BB loves and something that the Pats need.
Pick 95: Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State
Even with the likely resigning of one of the Dans, drafting a Center is prudent for the present and future. Outside of Konz, who is certainly elite, I would put Brewster and Ben Jones on the same level, but Brewster will be available at pick 95. He is big and has pretty solid technique, so if we let Dante do his work we can have our O-Line set for the future by 2013.
Pick 127: Donte Paige-Moss, DE/OLB, UNC
An injury forced Paige-Moss to slide back to the late rounds, but he was once slated as high as a mid-2nd round pick. He's got the size that BB desires at 6'4" 260, and is capable of playing both DE and OLB. He is a pretty solid all around player, and although Zach Brown may be coveted for his speed, and Coples will be coveted for his upside, Paige-Moss was the best player on UNC's Defense last year.
I would give this draft an A-. It gives Brady an elite target who can easily beat man coverage, adds 3 solid players to the front seven, and adds depth to the O-Line and Secondary. The weakness would be that I only added one guy to the secondary, but I am not overly impressed by any of the CBs available and Iloka is the only Safety worth picking because of the overall weakness of the class.