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Pre-free agency Patriots mock draft roundup: Experts predict cornerback will be taken in first round

Ryan Hannable
March 13, 2018 - 10:31 am

NFL free agency officially gets underway Wednesday afternoon when the new league year begins, but the legal tampering period began on Monday.

Perhaps equally as important for the Patriots this offseason will be the draft, as unlike in past years they need to draft several impact players for 2018.

Of course a lot can change between now and the draft, but here's what a few of the draft experts predict the Patriots will do with their first-round pick, No. 31 overall as we enter free agency.

ESPN's Todd McShay: Lorenzo Carter, OLB Georgia
NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah: Harold Landry, DE, Boston College
NFL Media's Chad Reuter: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
NFL Media's Lance Zierlein: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang: Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa's Don Banks: Sam Hubbard, DE Ohio State
CBS Sports' Will Brinson: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
CBS Sports' Chris Trapasso: Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida
CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson: Jaire Alexander, CB Louisville
Good Morning Football's Peter Schrager: Sony Michel, RB, Georgia
Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado

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