3rd round, 91st overall
Patriots should pick: Kiko Alonso, LB Oregon
Picks that make you go, "Who?!"
Yes, the Patriots have invested heavily in their SEC linebacking corps of Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes and Dont'a Hightower, but there's still a certain level of athleticism that's missing from the group. Alonso brings that athleticism as well as the versatility Bill Belichick loves in his linebackers, with the ability to line up inside in a 3-4, or in any spot in a 4-3.
There were some concerns with Alonso early in his career, as he had two alcohol-related incidents and suffered a torn ACL all within his first two seasons, but he got past that to be a productive player in Oregon's defense.
He's not ideal in run defense, lacking the strong base to hold the point of attack, but he has the instincts to make plays in the backfield, logging 14 tackles for loss as a senior. He has the speed, size and athleticism to stay with tight ends over the middle and running backs out of the backfield. He has great ball skills, as well, with six interceptions and nine pass break-ups over the past two years. The Patriots could really use a nickel linebacker with Alonso's skill set.