Oct 29, 2011; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish wide receiver Michael Floyd (3) makes a catch and runs the ball in for a touchdown against the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

WR, defense top Patriots' draft list

Mike Mayock discussed the Patriots’ draft needs with Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, and it’s not terribly surprising. According to Mayock (and common sense), the Patriots need WR help, and improvements almost across the board on defense.

One name that we’ve seen get thrown around a lot is Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd. He may be available for the Patriots with either the 27th or 31st pick, and he would add another dimension to their offense.

Another thing Mayock mentioned, which everyone should keep in mind, is that it’s highly unlikely that the Patriots will keep both of their first round picks. That’s common practice for the Patriots, who seem to trade down almost every year.

If the Patriots choose find a WR in free agency, they can use the draft to focus on defense. Rams WR Brandon Lloyd is one option, and his agent is already ready to talk turkey. Lloyd has a history with Josh McDaniels, and that could be a huge help for the Pats.

I can’t even lie about that. I’m tied to McDaniels. He uses me differently than other offensive coordinators used me in my entire career. He uses me as an every-play receiver. The short game, mid-range game, gimmick passes, deep balls. I do everything in this offense as opposed to other coordinators who would just run me off as the deep guy; run me off into double coverage and then say I’m not open. So I really like how Josh uses me within the offense. . . . I want to be used in ways where I feel comfortable and I can be successful and Josh knows how to do that.

That was Lloyd, back in December when McDaniels was still with the Rams. If he still feels that way, it might be easy for the Pats to get him on board.

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