This is unexpected. Our friend Dan Kadar at Mocking the Draft has completed another mock draft and now we're seeing some similarities across draft analysts.
The wide receivers are falling.
Similar to the mock draft from ESPN's Todd McShay, Kadar has most of the offensive skill players falling into the second round. Unlike McShay, who had Ohio State's Braxton Miller joining Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell as the only two receivers taken in the first round, Kadar has Ohio State's Michael Thomas in the first round.
But that's it. Every other wide receiver is available. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is the only other offensive skill player taken in the first round, with Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry still on the board. This draft board really points in the direction of the Patriots bolstering their offensive skill positions.
The same five offensive tackles are off the board as in McShay's draft, which means that the Patriots probably would avoid the position until the later rounds.
New England would probably also trade down in this scenario to try to pick up a few more early third round picks to compensate for the lack of a first round pick. The Patriots could very well look into double dipping at wide receiver with Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo, Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard, and Colorado State's Rashard Higgins all still on the board.