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What they’re saying

03.02.10 at 12:30 am ET
By isn’€™t batting an eye when it comes to the 2010 NFL Draft. From interviews with experts to original mock drafts to weekly looks at potential Patriots, this is the place to be leading up to draft weekend, April 22-24.

The NFL Scouting Combine is just about done, but the end of the event only gives life to more chatter regarding who could go where. Mock drafts have been abundant and wide-ranging, and though they are not necessarily indicative of what what will happen come late April, they grab the attention of football fans and even players (Florida cornerback Joe Haden said Sunday he was a big fan of Todd McShay and Mel Kiper because they put him in the Top 10) across the country. Here is what people over the last week have been predicting the Patriots will do in the draft:

Football Jabber, along with what appears to be the majority of the English-speaking world, likes Brandon Graham out of Michigan for the Patriots. The explanation?

“The Patriots need some rush on the outside and Graham can bring it. He tore it up at the Senior Bowl and has said that he is more than willing to move from DE to OLB if that is what a team needs. Jared Odrick may move here soon as a 3-4 Defensive End.”

NEPatriotsDraft updated its mock on Monday and project Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap to the Patriots. The site describes Dunlap as having the size required by Bill Belichick to play outside linebacker for the Patriots. also projects Dunlap to the Pats., also updated on Monday, likes Michigan cornerback Donovan Warren for the Patriots. Warren could have used some more seasoning at Michigan, but the site likes what he could bring to the Patriots as a returner.

There is a tossup as to who the second-best running back in this draft is, but projects the Patriots to take one in the form of California’s Jahvid Best, who ran exceptionally well in the 40-yard dash (4.37 official time). FantasyFootballXtreme agrees.

Weller and Bryan agree with what has had to say in recent weeks and project Clemson pass-rusher Ricky Sapp, who had an official 40-yard dash time of 4.7 seconds to go to the Pats. It is worth noting that he measured in at 6-foot-3, two inches shorter than expected and two inches below the Belichick Line.

Matt Falk of says that it “may be hard to pass on” Oklahoma tight end Gresham. It may also be hard for them to neglect defensive needs to address a position that they have already addressed twice in the first round since 2002 and last year in free agency. thinks that Sergio Kindle will fall to No. 22 and handle pass-rushing duties as an outside linebacker in the 3-4.

Lastly, likes Northwestern DE Corey Wootton for the Patriots. The site describes the 6-foot-6 Wooten as a “very solid all-around player who controls the line of scrimmage and can rush the passer.”

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