New England Patriots: Five 2016 NFL Draft Targets

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Nov 29, 2014; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive back Will Redmond (2) blocks a pass to Mississippi Rebels wide receiver Vince Sanders (10) during the game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State, Sr.

5-foot-11, 185 pounds

Projected Round: 2-3

The Patriots clearly have issues at the cornerback position. The combination of Malcolm Bulter, Tarell Brown and Logan Ryan are getting the team by, but it is quite clearly the most obvious need on the roster. Long gone are the days of Darrelle Revis shutting down receivers on the outside in New England, and the Patriots need to add more young options to try to grow on their roster at the position.

Will Redmond is an interesting draft prospect who would seem to fit what the Patriots are looking for. While Redmond does lack some size, he shows obvious speed and athleticism on the field. He shows great technique in coverage, and always seems to be in the right place. High football IQ and great awareness skills.

Redmond can be overpowered by big and physical receivers, and is not exactly willing to step up and defend the run. However, his natural skill-set for the position is obvious, and he has shown a strong ability to play press man coverage.

The Patriots need to find players with shut-down upside at cornerback, and Redmond certainly fits that bill.

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