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Some early mock drafts

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  • Monty Rodrigues
    SI s Don Banks: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2006/writers/don_banks/01/27/mock.draft.1/index.html He s currently got us taking S Darnell Bing (USC) at #21.
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      SI's Don Banks:

      He's currently got us taking S Darnell Bing (USC) at
      #21. The 6'2", 220 junior has the following comments
      listed for him:

      What in the world are the Pats doing picking in the
      20s? Isn't it a league rule they have to choose 32nd?
      New England got by in the season's second half with
      journeyman NFL cornerback Artrell Hawkins filling in
      at safety, but with Rodney Harrison a question mark
      following knee surgery, Bing or one of the tightly
      bunched cornerbacks make sense.

      CB Ashton Youboty from THE Ohio State University.
      Comments: All good things must come to an end and
      while the Patriots still have a very good team you can
      see that age, free agency, injuries and the loss of
      assistant coaches have begun to catch up with them.
      Gone are the days where they can afford to simply take
      the best player available because, like most teams,
      the Pats have needs to address and holes to plug. The
      most glaring weakness for the second straight year
      would appear to be in the secondary, where they are in
      desperate need of an infusion of talent at cornerback.
      Ashton Youboty has a great blend of size, speed and
      athleticism and you can't discount the success that
      other Buckeye cornerbacks like Antoine Winfield, Shawn
      Springs, Nate Clements and Chris Gamble have had in
      the NFL. In other words there is a good chance that
      this is a safe pick because other Ohio St. alums have
      transitioned to the next level with great results.
      Linebacker is also a need for New England with some of
      their veterans like Willie McGinest and Tedy Bruschi
      getting older and starting to show some wear. On
      offense wide receiver is going to be a concern,
      especially if David Givens leaves as a free agent, and
      an upgrade over Brandon Gorin at right tackle sure
      wouldn't hurt either.

      Thomas Howard, LB UTEP
      The Patriots have three starting linebackers over the
      age of 30, and Howard’s great speed and athleticism is
      a great fit for the Patriots’ defense.

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