23. New England Patriots: Brian Cushing, OLB, USC Cushing is the type of versatile athlete the Patriots crave. He has the shown an ability to not only get after the passer but can also hold the edge and contain the run game. He lacks great upside, but Cushing is a smart, instinctive defender who will fit right in with the Patriots' dynamic 3-4 defense. The National Football Post | 2009 NFP Mock Draft =========== Love the pick and wouldn't mind seeing them grab his teammate Clay Matthews with their second rounder.