Originally Posted by mgteich
Do you think we drafted for need?
No, I think as always BB drafted for the player that would have the most impact on the team. This is not always by need, or by best player available, but a combo of the two.
If the Pats drafted by need, they woukld take the player they needed next.
Had Maroney not been available, would they have taken the next best RB?
Were they trading up to get Chad Jackson (Best Player Available) or to get a WR. If jackson had gone to th Redskins at Pick #35, would the Pats still have traded up to pick the next best WR at #36?
No, of course not. Nor were they locked into a TE with pick #86. Thomas was simply the player who would have the biggest impact on the team.
If instead of picking RB-WR-TE, had we picked ILB-CB-OLB, you might still be saying BB picked for need.
Whatever he picked you could say he picked for need.
But he picked, as he has said repeatedly, the player that would help the team the most.