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Positions of need: Guys the Patriots could explore in rounds 2 and 3

04.29.11 at 12:19 pm ET
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The Patriots filled a position of need by selecting Colorado tackle Nate Solder with the 17th overall pick Thursday, but tackle was certainly not their only need. After picking up the 56th overall pick in the deal that sent the 28th pick to the Saints, the Pats will have five choices on Friday. Here are the positions they might address, and which guys they could consider.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER
- if considered a fit: Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson
– Brooks Reed, Arizona
– Justin Houston, Georgia
– Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh
– Akeem Ayers, UCLA

CORNERBACK
– Brandan Harris, Miami
– Aaron Williams, Texas
– Ras-I Dowling, Virginia

RUNNING BACK
– Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
– Jordan Todman, Connecticut
Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech

DEFENSIVE END
– Greg Romeus, Pittsburgh

WIDE RECEIVER
Torrey Smith, Maryland
– Tandon Doss, Indiana
– Greg Little, North Carolina
Randall Cobb, Kentucky
– Titus Young, Boise St.

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