Mel Kiper Jr.: Patriots' biggest need is WR, could target Braxton Miller

Ryan Hannable
February 22, 2016 - 7:27 am
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[caption id="attachment_106264" align="alignright" width="400"]Mel Kiper Jr. said the Patriots could target Braxton Miller in the NFL draft. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports) Mel Kiper Jr. said the Patriots could target Braxton Miller in the NFL draft. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)[/caption] When it comes to the Patriots and their potential needs this offseason, there are a few positions that come to mind: offensive line, wide receiver, tight end and running back. But of all those positions, ESPN NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. feels the biggest is at wide receiver. He also said there will be some impact players available when the Patriots first pick at No. 60 since they do not have a first-round pick. "I think it's a wide receiver," Kiper Jr. said on a conference call Monday. "They need a true 6-foot-1, 6-foot-2 wide receiver. I think if you look at what they have for the depth at that position, which is OK, not great. The first round is not good at all, but there are some guys that aren't going to go in the first round that are going be interesting. "Braxton Miller -- he's a kind of guy -- they like versatile players, [Bill] Belichick does. Braxton Miller. I think another guy to look at would be Leonte Carroo from Rutgers. He could still be there. Michael Thomas, Ohio State, could still be there. Pharoh Cooper, from South Carolina. "I think there's going to be some really nice options from a true wide receiver standpoint available for the New England Patriots. I think that is what they have to go after. They have other needs obviously, but I think a true wide receiver is important." For more Patriots coverage, visit weei.com/patriots.