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They have us taking Brian Leonard, FB from Rutgers. Absolutely crazy pick, which wouldn't surprise me if its true. At least some mock drafters are actually paying attention to the total unpredictability of the Pats.
One thing Scott Pioli and Bill Belichick do better than anyone else is find players who fit what the franchise is looking for not only on the field but off it as well. In fact, they aren't afraid to go against the grain, defy convention and maybe even take players a little earlier than expected if they have a conviction and that could be the case with Brian Leonard. A running back / fullback hybrid who swallowed his pride and assumed a complimentary role behind Ray Rice as a senior for the good of his Scarlet Knight team, Leonard would be an ideal compliment to Laurence Maroney and help to replace Corey Dillon. More importantly though Leonard is the type of versatile weapon the Patriots love to utilize and they could easily move him around to create mismatches, even potentially employing him in an H-Back role. Depending on what they do with their first choice in this round linebacker or defensive back are also possibilities here but Leonard sure looks like a classic Patriot pick and a nice fit for them in just about every aspect imaginable.
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I wouldn't be shocked or all that disappointed if we took Leonard. We could obviously fill a more pressing need with the pick but a lot of players on this team were chosen when many of us felt we needed to look at another position. A lot of those players are key to our success.
So if we took him, a guy I think will make a solid pro and would be a good fit in our offense, I wouldn't be complaining about how we needed a CB or LB. Again, we wouldn't have near the team we have now if we went into the draft focused on filling the most pressing needs first.
I'd be content with Leonard and a ILB in the first round =).
Faulk is Aging, Pass probably wont make the Roster, Evans is a pure FB who can run...Leonard is your backfields jack of all trades.. when faulks role diminishes, He will Be your Faulk, When Evans cant Pound it in with authority and Dillion is Missed - He will be that..When Maroney needs a breather, defenses won't be able to ease off...I feel Morris is more a ST'er--Emergency Back...I don't know..honestly no one does..but following BB era in drafts, you never know.. Hell it honestly wouldn't surprise me if we traded to the very bottom of the first, and got a high 2nd..
I agree BIG TIME. If anyone has paid attention the Patriots seem to take the best availabe at any position. If the #1 rated TE is on the board when it's their pick the Patriots will grab him regardless. At least it seems that way to me.