Well the NFL is officially in a lockout and negotiations have yet to progress. As for the Patriots, they need to focus on this year’s draft regardless if there is going to be a season next year or not. The Patriots had a terrific season last year and do not have too many hole’s within their squad. They did have some very interesting team stats however….
The Pats ranked 30th against the pass allowing the 3rd most pass yards per game against them. Only the Redskins and Texans allowed more Pass YPG. On the contrary, the Pats led the league with 25 interceptions. They also had the 7th most pass deflections and the most interceptions returned for a TD. So it is obvious the Pats have some talented/athletic defensive backs that can make plays, but what does that mean for them allowing so many pass yards per game? Well it really is tough to say. This was a very, very young squad on defense and aside from letting up so many yards per game, they played extremely well together. Since they are so young, they are really only going to get better. Personally, since they are still in the developing stages with most of their positions, I think the only real need would be a DT to possibly get some work in with Wilfork. The other possible defensive option is a very versatile/explosive DE. The Patriots defense does not really have a dominant playmaker besides maybe Mayo and I think a playmaking DE/LB could certainly help.
As for the offense, the Patriots dominated. They ranked 1st in the league in points scored per game, which was a little surprising in my mind with the loss of Moss and a real deep threat. Since the Pats just drafted 2 dominating receiving TEs, I don’t really see them going with a receiver, at least in the first round. If they want to become a real dominating offense and start running the ball a little more, they are going to need a solid RB. Green-Ellis and Woodhead were great compliments to one another, but if the Pats want a real ground attack they are going to need to upgrade at the RB position. The O-Line is certainly getting older, though still looking very good, but there is always a need to improve.
So the Patriots have two picks in the 1st round and there is a big debate on what to do. They can keep both their 1st round draft picks and take a solid RB and DT; they could trade up to get a stud DE; or they could continue their strategy of trading down to get a few more picks. In my opinion I think the Patriots should trade up and get a stud DE/LB. Over the last 2 seasons the Patriots have had 24 draft picks. Lots are doing well, but I think this is the year you go out and get a player that can make a big/immediate impact to this team. Von Miller out of Texas A&M comes to mind as a perfect impact player. He would fit wonderfully in the Pats’ 3-4 scheme and could become that enforcer player the Pats need. He is most likely a top-10 pick, but since the Pats have so many selections this year, they could certainly find ways to trade up.
What is everyone else thinking? I believe in trading up to get a big impact defensive player that should help with their passing yards against them. That’s my opinion and I want to hear yours. Please post away…
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Written by David Reid