Pre-Super Bowl 7-round New England Patriots 2018 mock draft, with trades

STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 7 : Quarterback Mason Rudolph
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GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Head coach James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions is dunked with Gatorade by safety Marcus Allen /

Round 5, Pick 150 (via CLE *Hypothetical): S Marcus Allen, Penn State

If New England moves up into the 5th round, it seems like almost any position is an option. They don’t have a huge need for a safety, but Penn State’s Marcus Allen could still be a fit. He isn’t a flashy player, and he needs some improvement in his ball skills, but he fly up and be physical in the run game. As a senior, he played in 13 games for the Nittany Lions and he had his best season with 71 total tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 pass breakups, and 1 interception. Allen was a much more well-rounded player this season than he had been in the past. Still, he’s not viewed as a top prospect, making him available in the 5th round. The Patriots can afford to take a chance here.

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Though pass rush is the biggest need for the New England Patriots, they could address even more aspects of the defense within the secondary and at linebacker. The search for a potential Brady successor could also potentially end if they find a quarterback that they like. Do you agree with these mock draft pick for the Patriots in the NFL Draft? Let us know if you do, or do not, on Twitter @CandCFanSided or in the comments below.