8. Jairus Byrd, S, Buffalo Bills
The Patriots tried their luck with one Oregon safety from the 2009 draft class in Patrick Chung, and that experiment failed miserably. But his safety partner with the Ducks, Jairus Byrd, might fair better in New England. Byrd is a heavy hitter with good playmaking skills in the secondary. His 18 interceptions in just four NFL season stand out as something that could pique the Patriots’ interest.