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Posted on: April 2, 2009 12:09 pm
Edited on: April 3, 2009 11:53 am
 

The Pats have 4 picks in the first 58 selctions, including 3 in the 2nd round. I'm hoping they can fill some holes and strengthen some areas for next season. I think the biggest need going into the draft is LB. They traded Vrabel and Bruschi is getting older, so I think they need to get younger and more talented at that postion. I also think the Pats need to add a versatile edge pass rusher who can play DE and OLB. A WR who is big and can play oppisite Moss would help too. Here's what I've come up with.

 

Rey Maualuga/LB/USC

Maualuga probably wont fall to the Pats at the #23 pick, but if he does they need to draft him. They could build a a LB unit around Mayo and Maualuga. The Pats also drafted Shawn Crable an OLB out of Michigan last year, who could add skill and youth to the Pats LB unit. They need to get younger at LB and Maualuga would be a perfect pick for them.

 

Aaron Maybin/DE/Penn State

Maybin is a very versatile DE/OLB who would fit perfectly on the Pats 3-4 defense. He's a edge pass rusher, I think the Pats need to add in the draft. At 6-4/248, he can play DE and OLB. I think he's got a bright future ahead of him in the NFL and would be a great pick for the Pats.

 

Brian Cushing/LB/USC

Cushing is another USC product at LB. I don't rank him as highly as Maualuga, but he's extremely talented and could be drafted higher then Maualuga. He has good size to play either ILB or OLB. He's 6-3/243. He also ran a 4.77, 40 at the USC Pro day, which isn't blazing speed, but not a bad 40 time. I think he would be a good pick for the Pats.

 

Kenny Britt/WR/Rutgers

I think Britt would be the perfect WR opposite of Moss. He's 6-3/218 and ran a 4.56, 40 at the combine and a 4.40, 40 at his Pro Day. I have a feeling, he's going to be a big time WR in the NFL and the Pats need to get more talented and younger at WR. Drafting Britt makes a lot of sense for the Pats.

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Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 3, 2009 11:58 am
 

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I was thinking either Britt or Nicks. Both are big and talented. I'm sure at least one of them will still be on the board at #34, so maybe take a LB or DE at #23 and a WR at #34. Of course two defensive players with the first two picks wont hurt either.




Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: April 3, 2009 11:55 am
 

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Haha I didn't even notice that I spelled Brain Cushing, Brain Crushing. I fixed it.Wink 




Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: April 3, 2009 8:45 am
 

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I think it's safe to say you have identified the correct position of need for the New England Patriots. Their linebacking corps last year just wasn't very good...outside of Jerod Mayo. Mike Vrabel was given away because he just wasn't effective. 

I like how you took Brian Cushing's name and made it Crushing...very clever. And Ray Maualuga would fit in nicely. I think Cushing or Maualuga would be perfect in the 3-4 scheme. 

The Pats won't even get a sniff on Aaron Maybin, unless they move up in the first round about 15 spots. 

I can say, without a doubt, the Pats will not draft a WR in the first round. Maybe one of their three second round picks, but the hype right now says Kenny Britt will be long gone. 

I'm looking for someone like Hakeem Nicks.  The Pats have Randy Moss, Wes Welker and now they have added Joey Galloway to really round out the WR position. Throw in Greg Lewis and Sam Aiken and I think they are fine. But a big, quality route-runner like Nicks might give them a big possession receiver that they don't already have. 

Maybe he's around at 47. I still think they will use the 23rd and 34th picks on defensive players. 



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