29. New England Patriots: S Taylor Rapp (Washington)
Both of New England’s starting safeties (Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty) are over the age of 30. Rapp fits the bill tremendously in a number of ways. For one, he’s a highly intelligent player. He played at a program (Washington) most recently known for its secondary play. Rapp is a violent hitter, and isn’t afraid to crash down on run plays. Most impressively, he plays the game extremely hard. All of these traits likely would be appealing to Belichick and the Pats.
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28. Los Angeles Chargers: DT Dre’Mont Jones (Ohio State)
The Chargers are facing the possibility of replacing longtime pro Brandon Mebane within the interior of their defensive line. Mebane is 34 years of age, and certainly isn’t the player he once was. Jones would be a fantastic replacement. As we saw in the Rose Bowl, Jones is excellent in using his hands to disengage blockers. He’s a high-level athlete, and has the frame to add additional weight. Jones would mesh very well up front with the likes of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa.
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