New England Patriots: Best Second-Round Prospect Duo

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Which combination of prospects would be the best for the New England Patriots late in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft?

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May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view of a helmet and NFL shield logo before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

In the middle of March, the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals came together on a trade that would send defensive end Chandler Jones out West. In exchange for Jones, the Patriots landed, talented, but under-whelming offensive guard Jonathan Cooper and the rights to the Cardinals’ 2016 second-round selection (61st overall).

Adding that pick to their own, and the Patriots now own back-to-back selections late in the second-round of the upcoming draft. Despite not having a first-round pick, the Patriots can now add actual impact talent to their roster this draft season. Those two second-round selections coupled with two third-round picks and a ton of late-round capital, gives the Patriots plenty of opportunity to improve their roster.

For now, we are going to focus on the Patriots’ options in the second-round by taking a specific look at possible combinations of players the team could land with the 60th and 61st picks. While it is not the first-round, the 2016 draft class is extremely deep in the middle rounds. This will allow the Patriots an opportunity to land some talented players late in the second-round.

To give credit where it is due, this idea comes from a recent post written by Phil Ottochican of USA Today’s BearsWire. Ottochican looked at combinations of players the Bears could select in the first and second rounds, and it helped give me the idea to look at combinations for the Patriots second-round selections. It is an interesting piece that is certainly worth checking out.

Which prospects will be available when the Patriots finally come on the clock late in the second round, and how will one selection effect what the team does with other? Continue on to find out, and be sure to check in at the end to let us know which combination of prospects is your favorite.

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