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2013 NFL mock draft: Keenan Allen to New England Patriots

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The Patriots are making sweeping changes at wide receiver this off-season, and could use a top-flight talent.

Jason O. Watson

Hey, you guys - Wes Welker doesn't play for the New England Patriots anymore! Hadn't you heard that? Oh, a billion times? Yeah, us too.

The Patriots may have even preferred to replace Welker in the lineup with Danny Amendola, but they've also gotten rid of Brandon Lloyd, who never really solved the team's need for a viable threat on the outside of the formation. Enter Keenan Allen.

Team Player Position Height Weight Class
29. New England Patriots Keenan Allen, California CB 6'2" 206 JR

Dan Kadar: "The Patriots have added three new wide receivers this offseason: Danny Amendola, Donald Jones and Michael Jenkins. Amendola is obviously Wes Welker's replacement in the slot. On the outside, Jones is more of a fourth wide receiver and Jenkins may not make the roster. To concisely state it, the Patriots don't have a No. 1 wide receiver. Allen projects out as a No. 1 target just as well as DeAndre Hopkins or Cordarrelle Patterson. He just doesn't get the hype because he missed the offseason process while recovering from injury. That should push him into this range of the first round.

"If the choice isn't wide receiver, it's highly likely the Patriots would take yet another cornerback highly. Aqib Talib is set on one side, but Kyle Arrington and Alfonzo Dennard aren't suitable No. 2 corners to play the outside. Given the way the board is falling in this mock, Jamar Taylor of Boise State or Blidi Wreh-Wilson of Connecticut would be sound choices. A defensive lineman like Sylvester Williams of North Carolina would be worthy of consideration."

Rounding off the day at 3PM ET are the Atlanta Falcons and our friends over at The Falcoholic. We're 24 hours away from the completion of Round 1, as well.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
22 Damontre Moore OLB Texas A&M 6'5" 250
23 Cornelius Carradine DE Florida State 6'4" 276
27 Barrett Jones C Alabama 6'4" 305
29 Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame 6'1" 241
30 Jesse Williams DT Alabama 6'3" 323

2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

No. Team Player Pos. College
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Geno Smith QB West Virginia
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
7 Arizona Cardinals Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
8 Buffalo Bills Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
9 New York Jets Chance Warmack OG Alabama
10 Tennessee Titans Dee Milliner CB Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
12 Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant CB Washington
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
14 Carolina Panthers Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
15 New Orleans Saints Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
16 St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
18 Dallas Cowboys Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
19 New York Giants Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
20 Chicago Bears Arthur Brown LB Kansas State
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
22 St. Louis Rams Jonathan Cyprien S Florida International
23 Minnesota Vikings Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
24 Indianapolis Colts Datone Jones DE UCLA
25 Minnesota Vikings Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
26 Green Bay Packers Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
27 Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
28 Denver Broncos D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
29 New England Patriots Keenan Allen WR California