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Predicting anything Bill Belichick will do, other than scowl or wear a hoodie, is impossible. Clearly, the Patriots need help virtually everywhere on defense, although they should be a runaway winner in the AFC East even if they skip all their picks. Now that would be different for Belichick.

MATT ELAM, S, FLORIDA

30. ATLANTA (13-3)

After giving lots of thought to Alabama RB Eddie Lacy, Atlanta backs off and turns to a defensive unit damaged in the offseason by cuts and defections. With visions of defending Brees and Newton twice a season, they go for …

DESMOND TRUFANT, CB, WASHINGTON

31. SAN FRANCISCO (11-4-1)

The Niners almost won the Super Bowl, and they are loaded heading into the draft. So much so that they don’t have to flinch about grabbing the best guy on their board. No selection for need here.

JESSE WILLIAMS, DT, ALABAMA

32. BALTIMORE (10-6)

The 2013 Ravens already don’t resemble the team that won the championship. Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Dannell Ellerbe, Paul Kruger and Bernard Pollard _ all gone. But GM Ozzie Newsome is one of the best talent evaluators around. He’ll get this pick right.

KEVIN MINTER, LB, LSU