Originally Posted by MaineMan
I'd go for Saffold in the 2nd or 3rd (using one of the picks we're likely to get for a Franchised-and-uphappy Wilfork). Retain Light until we see how Saffold will work out. If he meets fairly high expectations in camp, then trade Light (and maybe a 2011 pick) to GB for Kampmann.
There is no need to trade Light for Kampman, NE just needs to have the most attractive Free Agency offer.
I concur that using a first round pick on Bulaga is unnecessary. Saffold is one of many college tackles whom NE might draft in later rounds who are nearly as good as Bulaga; Saffold's description reads remarkably like Mankins' and Kaczur's in terms of his grasp of technique, athleticism, power, and nasty disposition on the field. In short he's Scarnecchia material and not the only kid in later rounds whom Dante might like for his Big Man Dancing Academy.
Assuming Mankins is retained with an RFA tender:
--- LT - Light/Vollmer/Kaczur/LeVoir/Bussey - depth: Excellent.
--- LG - Mankins/Connolly/Wendell/Orhnberger/Bussey/Light/Kaczur - depth: Excellent.
--- C - Koppen/Connolly/Wendell/Orhnberger - depth: Excellent.
--- RG - Open/Connolly/Wendell/Orhnberger/Bussey/Kaczur/LeVoir - starter: Unidentified - depth: Excellent.
--- RT - Kaczur/Vollmer/LeVoir/Bussey - starter: Competitive - depth: Excellent.
--- And this is before any veterans signings or draft selections to create camp competition.
As of 12 Feb, NE's first round selection might better be directed at critical need areas such as Defensive Line, Outside Linebacker, or Wide Receiver.