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Utah DE/LB Paul Kruger

connerman with the pick...

Well, it's time for the Patriots to address their linebacking core with their third pick in this year's draft. After grabbing a couple steals at this point with defensive end Robert Ayers and striking gold with the top running back in the draft, Chris Wells, in the first round, the Pats now resort to picking a solid player in a predictable spot with Utah DE/OLB Paul Kruger.

Kruger's raw ability is incredibly impressive with a frame that measures 6'5", 265 lbs and great speed to match. His technique drops him on some draft boards yet he was incredibly athletic and versatile in his career at Utah, with 7.5 sacks this year and ability to drop into coverage. That ability to rush the passer and drop back gives the Patriots defensive staff someone they can plan around and gives them another layer to attack with.

More than anything, Kruger is a high character player who's an older rookie, having spent a couple years in Kansas City on his Mormon mission. Some mocks have him going in the second or third round, but the Patriots need to address age in their linebacking corps with Tully Banta-Cain, Teddy Bruschi and Adalius Thomas all getting older. Sure Jared Mayo was a monster last season and Shawn Crable is in the mix as well, but Kruger along with Ayers gives the Patriots two playmakers on the defensive side to slowly bring in and infuse youth.

Round 1 is here.

Previous pick: S Louis Delmas

Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)

On the clock: Denver Broncos (Keyser Sose)

Click over for the schedule and current draft results.

Pick Round 2 Selection Date Approval Rating
1(33) Detroit Lions - UCrawford CB Darius Butler Weds., April 8th 48%
2(34) New England Patriots (From Kansas City) - connerman DE Robert Ayers Weds., April 8th 67%
3(35) St. Louis Rams - Lanier63 DT Evander Hood Thursday, April 9th 55%
4(36) Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway DE Connor Barwin Thursday, April 9th 68%
5(37) Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel OT William Beatty Friday, April 10th 67%
6(38) Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic C Max Unger Friday, April 10th 68%
7(39) Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns G Duke Robinson Monday, April 13th 72%
8(40) Oakland Raiders - mushin T Phil Loadholt Monday, April 13th 68%
9(41) Green Bay Packers - JasonM DT Ron Brace Tuesday, April 14th 62%
10(42) Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread DE Michael Johnson Tuesday, April 14th 60%
11(43) San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch DE/LB Larry English Weds. April 15th 67%
12(44) Miami Dolphins (From Washington) - shraggyj WR Kenny Britt Weds. April 15th 69%
13(45) New York Giants (From New Orleans) - ChiefsFan90s LB Clint Sintim Thursday, April 16th
14(46) Houston Texans - ChiefsDude FS Louis Delmas Thursday, April 16th
15(47) New England Patriots (From San Diego) - connerman DE/OLB Paul Kruger
Friday, April 17th
16(48) Denver Broncos (From Texans) - Keyser Sose Friday, April 17th
17(49) Chicago Bears - Holmeslice Monday, April 20th
18(50) Cleveland Browns (From Tampa Bay) - HIV2Elway Monday, April 20th
19(51) Dallas Cowboys - chiefsfan1384
Monday, April 20th
20(52) New York Jets - ??? Tuesday, April 21st
21(53) Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717 Tuesday, April 21st
22(54) Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56 Tuesday, April 21st
23(55) Atlanta Falcons - RedNose Weds. April 22nd
24(56) Miami Dolphins - shraggyj Weds. April 22nd
25(57) Baltimore Ravens - Ben S Weds. April 22nd
26(58) New England Patriots - connerman Thursday, April 23rd
27(59) Carolina Panthers - 808NaNz808 Thursday, April 23rd
28(60) New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s Thursday, April 23rd
29(61) Indianapolis Colts - craig in calgary Friday, April 24th
30(62) Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99 Friday, April 24th
31(63) Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH Friday, April 24th
32(64) Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33 Friday, April 24th