Patriots Draft Potential: Pass Rushers

By Chris Warner

Today, we look at dominant pass rushers, creatures that have remained elusive to Coach Bill Belichick and his band of merry draftniks. The footballers chosen below aren’t meant as predictions (best to avoid those, judging by our track record); rather, they represent the level of talent available to the Pats in each round.

New England has two picks in the first round (27 and 31 overall), two in the second (48, 62), one in the third (93) and one in the fourth (126). They have traded away their fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks.

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Patriots Draft Potential: Wide Receivers

By Chris Warner

Our series on Patriots positions of need continues with a closer look at wide receivers. There’s a decent lineup of pass-catchers available beginning April 26, but Foxboro needs another pass-catcher like your grandmother needs another antique: only if a great one’s available at a reasonable price.

New England has 10 receivers on their current roster, but only two seem like locks to start (Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd). Special teams ace Matthew Slater is a receiver in name only. Last year, punt returner Julian Edelman touched only slightly more pigskin than a PETA volunteer. Veteran signees Anthony Gonzalez and Donte Stallworth are great pickups (oh, wait: it’s not 2007?).

Yes, the Patriots could use an injection of productive youth at the position. The question is, where do they look?

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Patriots Draft Potential: Running Backs

By Chris Warner

Our series on Patriots positions of need marches on with an inspection of available running backs. Though the team lost free agent Benjarvus Green-Ellis, second-year players Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen look primed to pick up much of that production.

New England returns Lil’ Danny Woodhead and adds fullbacks Spencer Larsen and Tony Fiammetta, the most fullbacks this team has had on the roster since 1978. (That’s not true, but you probably had to think about it.)

With youth and tested veterans at the position, would a draft pick end up as more than summer camp fodder? Let’s take a look.

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Patriots Draft Potential: Defensive Linemen

By Chris Warner

Today we preview potential Pats picks for defensive linemen, one of the team’s biggest areas of need (emphasis on “biggest”).

While New England boasts human doorstops Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love, the team has had a difficult time tracking down a long-term solution for a third upfront defender. Veterans like Gerard Warren have filled in well, but the Pats need a young run-stopper who can occupy blockers and provide consistent pressure.

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A Belichick Draft We Would Hate

by Chris Warner, Patriots Daily Staff

We figured we’d get this out of the way: the annual negative draft piece that spells out the mistakes of Patriots picks past.

Please remember these don’t work as predictions; rather, view them as what we’d consider unfortunate choices in Coach Bill Belichick’s draft history. We also include what might be heard in our household should any of the below actually unfold.

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