5 Players The Patriots Could Potentially Pick On Day 2 Of The NFL Draft

The Patriots rumors are growing around who New England will select Day two of the 2018 NFL Draft. The New England Patriots have pick #43 and #63 on Day two in the draft. The Patriots showed they still have a few chinks in their armor they need to strengthen to continue to dominate the AFC. The Patriots selected running back Sony Michel and Isaiah Wynn in round one so perhaps they focus on defense in round two and three. Here are five players the Patriots could select on day two of the 2018 NFL Draft:

5.) Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina State

Leonard became a top linebacker prospect this season in which he racked up 113 tackles with eight tackles for a loss, eight sacks, one pass batted, two interceptions and one forced fumble. He has good size and athleticism, but it will take him some time to adjust to the NFL level. New England needs players who can contribute right away, but he has a high ceiling.

4.) Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas Longhorns

The Patriots need to add linebacker depth and Jefferson would be a great fit. Jefferson has all the tools to be a game breaker against both the run and in coverage. Jefferson is finally starting to live to his potential as a dynamic linebacker, leading the Longhorns in tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks in 2017. 

3.) Sam Hubbard, DE, OhioState Buckeyes

Hubbard's physical skillset suggests he should be a first-round pick no matter what. However, his inconsistent production and sometimes questionable motor have some thinking he's a Day 2 prospect. New England was one of the worst teams at getting after the quarterback last season and need to find someone who can do that consistently.

2.) Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State Cowboys

If the Patriots decide to target their eventual replacement for Brady, Rudolph could be the guy they target. He has the size NFL teams covet, checking in at 6-foot-5, 235-pounds with functional mobility. He doesn't have the best arm in the class, but it's more than strong enough and he's best deep ball thrower in the group. He completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,904 yards, 37 touchdowns, and nine picks.

1.) Harold Landry, DE, Boston College Golden Eagles

Perhaps the most surprising player not selected in the first round of the NFL Draft is Landry. The athletic freak fell to round two and even though finding an edge rusher isn't the Patriots biggest need grabbing him at pick 43 would be a steal.

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