1st round, 29th overall
Patriots should pick: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
With Julian Edelman still unsigned, Matthew Slater is the only wide receiver who returns to the Patriots from the 2012 season. The Patriots already addressed the departure of Wes Welker by adding Danny Amendola.
At 6-1 and 214 pounds, Hopkins would provide the big-bodied deep threat on the outside to address the departure of Brandon Lloyd. He averaged 17.1 yards per reception as a senior, proof of his ability to stretch the field. He was also a big-time scoring threat for Clemson last year, registering 18 touchdowns – twice as many as he had in his first two seasons combined.
His foot speed isn't elite, but his size and strong hands make him a great jump-ball receiver, and he has great quickness to get open. Comparisons to the likes of Falcons receiver Roddy White and Colts receiver Reggie Wayne are fair from a skill-set standpoint.