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Patriots perspective in NFL Nation mock draft

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NFL Nation mock draft: Patriots select DT Eddie Goldman

Patriots reporter Mike Reiss breaks down his first-round selection.

BRISTOL, Conn. -- The 2015 NFL Nation mock draft aired on ESPN this afternoon, with reporters on campus to make their selections in general manager-like fashion. It was a long wait for the New England Patriots at No. 32.

The picked turned out to be Florida State defensive tackle Eddie Goldman.

Earlier Monday, I shared 10 players that projected as possible Patriots fits at No. 32, and in the mock draft, five of the 10 players on that list were already off the board.

So that left me with Goldman, offensive linemen Jake Fisher (Oregon) and Donovan Smith (Penn State), receiver Jaelen Strong (Arizona State) and Virginia linebacker Eli Harold as options.

I ultimately narrowed it down to Goldman and Fisher, and after consulting with a few scouts who have studied the players more than me, Goldman got the nod with the caveat that one scout questioned if he would be available in the actual draft.

One of the questions with a player such as Goldman is if he is more of a "two-down" player in the sense that he might come off the field in obvious passing situations. He's described by media analysts as a strong player against the run who might have some limitations as a pass-rusher.

So when a team like the Patriots is in sub packages 73.5 percent of the time, as was the case in 2014, some might ask, "Would a player like Goldman be worth the value of a first-round pick?"

I still think Goldman could factor into sub packages at times while teaming with Sealver Siliga and Alan Branch to form a solid trio inside. Then the Patriots could come back later in the draft and address some of their other need areas, such as offensive line.

Big, powerful defensive tackles with upside are often hard to find, and I think this would be an ideal scenario for the Patriots.