As we get ever closer to draft weekend, as projections flood the ether, you start to realize the mock-draft process can be (should be?) more art than science.
Mock drafts will certainly use data to lay out their selections. We'll do that here. But the most interesting mocks seem to be more about trying to decipher philosophies, thought processes, and finding historical examples of what teams like and dislike. They go beyond the numbers.
If you can predict picks accurately based on athletic testing results and statistical production, all the power to you. But, in my experience, sticking too tightly to those can be a humbling exercise.
So in this mock we'll try to go beyond what the numbers tell us. We'll try to get creative. And in so doing we'll try to give you a relatively realistic picture of how things could play out for the Patriots at the end of this month.
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