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Chad Reuter Four Round Mock Draft: Patriots Still Getting Defensive Players

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There's a mock that included the New England Patriots!! This is not a drill!

NFL.com's Chad Reuter broke down four rounds of the NFL draft, which is no easy feat, and the Patriots have three draft picks (the third round compensatory pick is not included).

60. New England Patriots: DeAndre Houston-Carson, FS, William & Mary

The Patriots taking a safety early on isn't out of the question. Duron Harmon is a free agent after the 2016 season and he was essentially the team's fifth defensive back for the majority of the season. The 2nd free safety role is crucial because it allows Devin McCourty to move closer to the line of scrimmage to defend tight ends on passing downs. But the idea of a 2nd round free safety will probably rub a lot of people the wrong way, especially after the selection of safety Jordan Richards last season.

92. New England Patriots: Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

Nassib is a fantastic prospect and falls under a similar category of 2015 4th round pick Trey Flowers- a player that appears athletically limited, but just manages to produce. The big question is why? The Patriots have their rotation of Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones, and Jabaal Sheard. They have their new additions from 2015 in Rufus Johnson, Geneo Grissom, and Flowers. Where is Nassib going to fit on this roster?

With Colorado State wide receiver Rashard Higgins still on the board, it would be painful to see the Patriots pick a "sit-and-wait" player with their first two picks.

124. New England Patriots: Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida

Taylor is the son of former Patriots running back Fred Taylor. That's a plus. He's a player that can run, catch, and block in a rotation. That's a plus. He's very highly regarded by his coaches. That's a plus.

But no, no, no, no. Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon is still on the board. If you take a running back, it has to be Dixon.

Taylor has a history of injuries and is only 205 lbs, which is far below the weight of what Bill Belichick likes in his hammer back. It's a big question of where Taylor fits in on the Patriots roster because he doesn't stand out in any real oh, that's his role! type of way.

Check out the full mock here.