NFL Draft Rumors: New Name For Patriots 31st Pick

The New England Patriots hold the No. 31 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday. Many believe that the Patriots will trade their spot in the draft order, but if they remain where they are, there may be a new prospect name in the mix.

Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports that the Pats may be interested in Vanderbilt Commodores cornerback Casey Hayward.

Like others, I expect New England to trade one of its two first-round picks. If they stay at No. 31, though, they have done a lot of work on corners. It would be a surprise, but I continue to hear strong reports on Vandy corner Casey Hayward. New England did a lot of work on him. If New England does deal with Cleveland, and move back atop the second round, then Howard may be in play there as well.

The Patriots definitely seem to be interesting in selecting a cornerback at some point in this year's draft. Hayward would be an interesting choice.

For news and information regarding the New England Patriots, please visit Pats Pulpit. For lots more on the 2012 NFL Draft, you can check out Mocking the Draft.

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