Right now, the Patriots hold the 29th, 59th, 91st, 226th, and 235th selections in the 2013 NFL Draft.
1st (29)- Robert Woods, WR, USC 6'1" 201 4.42 40 Proj. Late 1st-Early 2nd
Ideally, the Patriots should try to shop this pick because it is very likely that Cordarrelle Patterson, Tavon Austin, Keenan Allen, DeAndre Hopkins, and Justin Hunter will be off the board before the Patriots pick at #29, leaving USC WR Robert Woods as the best WR on the board (IMO he won't be on the board much longer). While Woods isn't the best athlete in his draft class, Woods can do all the little things right for a WR. He is a willing run blocker, runs precise routes, can run almost every route in the route tree, and can find ways to get open against DBs all over the field. Woods is not a true X (split end WR that works along the sideline) as most people have wanted the Patriots to draft since Randy Moss was traded in 2010, but can line up as an X, Y, Z, or even in the slot if needed. Woods is noted as a cerebral type WR because he lacks the elite athleticism to attack the deep part of the football field. The Patriots' offense tends to favor the more cerebral WRs like Deion Branch and Wes Welker vs. the big athletes like Chad Jackson and Taylor Price (I didn't include Randy Moss because he is actually a smart football player and is the big athlete). With injuries and questions surrounding Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and Danny Amendola's abilities to play a full 16-19 games in a season, having a receiver that can do some of the things those 3 can do will be a good insurance policy. Woods profiles more as a player the Patriots can motion across the formation and force the defense to show their hand in coverage. Woods will occasionally struggle vs. press CBs when isolated 1 on 1 against them, but that can be remedied with stacked WR formations and well-timed picks and rubs.
2nd (59)- Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn 6'4" 255 4.58 40 Proj. Early-Mid 3rd
Lemonier (pronounced le-mon-wah) is a very intriguing prospect as a defensive end. He has great measurables for a DE/OLB hybrid, measuring in at 6'4" 255 with long arms (34 1/2") and big hands (10 1/8") and great closing speed with a sub 4.6 40. Lemonier has more value for teams looking for a 3-4 OLB that can rush the passer and drop into coverage. Considering the Patriots occasionally do transition from 4-3 to 3-4 at times and play a hybrid front, having a player who can play both DE and OLB at a good level would be a plus. There have been questions about Lemonier's effort in 2012, since after recording 5 sacks in the first 3 games he only got 1/2 a sack for the next 9 games. Lemonier has a very good first step and good burst off the line with a speed rush (10-yd split of 1.56). However, there are still questions about his ability to play the run game as he has been cited with lack of great upper body strength (sounds familiar with Chandler Jones last year) and can get washed out of plays by TEs and RBs. However, he does have some good upside in his pass rushing abilities, as he recorded 2 sacks in a very tightly contested game vs. LSU. His athleticism and upside is something the Patriots should take a flyer on, because the weaknesses in his game are issues that can be fixed with good coaching from LB coach Pepper Johnson and DL coach Patrick Graham.
3rd (91)- Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma 6'1" 194 4.32 40 Proj. Early-Mid 4th
Kenny Stills is a really interesting prospect at the WR position. A 3-year starter at Oklahoma, Stills worst season he hauled in 61 passes. In 2012, Stills caught 82 passes for 959 yds and 11 TDs, a season he himself calls subpar. With that type of attitude of a very decent season being "subpar" Stills can be labeled as either a perfectionist or a pessimist depending on how you spin it (if 82 for 959 and 11 is subpar I'd like to see a season he calls good). Stills does come with maturity issues such as getting flagged with dumb false start penalties and getting arrested in 2011 for DUI. Stills projects as a potential starting X in the future, but will mostly be buried on the depth chart his rookie season in all likelihoods. Stills does have good route running potential that needs to be more refined because the Patriots system demands very precise routes. IMO Stills is the sleeper pick in the WR class because he has top end speed that allows him to separate from most DBs down the field and plays more physical than his frame would suggest. It is possible for Stills to bulk up another 5-10 lbs but still run sub 4.40. His main competition this year will be WR Donald Jones, who signed as a free agent in March.
7th (226)- Micah Hyde, CB/S, Iowa 6'0" 197 4.52 40 Proj. Late 6th-Early 7th
The Patriots come into 2013 being almost relatively set at both the CB and safety positions for the first time since 2006 (or 2004 depending on how you feel about 2006). Micah Hyde would be good value late in the draft because of his versatility to play both CB and safety like Devin McCourty and Tavon Wilson. With BB's ties to Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz, it is likely that BB would spend a 2013 selection on a player that can provide good depth in the backend of the defense. Hyde has decent size for a CB at 6'0" 195 and would likely have to make his mark on special teams. His main camp competition will be CB Marquice Cole.
7th (235)- Jonathan Stewart, ILB, Texas A&M 6'4" 242 4.65 40 Proj. Early-Mid 7th
Jonathan Stewart is an interesting pick for the Patriots. They are very deep at the LB with Mayo, Spikes, Hightower, Fletcher, and Rivera lined up at LB with safety Adrian Wilson potentially being a sub package LB. Stewart has good size for a LB and has scheme versatility as ILB in 3-4 as well as OLB and MLB in 4-3. If Stewart were to make it on the roster, he would have to carve out a niche on special teams, but with ILBs Brandon Spikes and Dane Fletcher set to become unrestricted FAs following the 2013 season, it never hurts to add depth.