Originally Posted by dryheat44
I've never heard of this site, but anybody who has a 3-round mock on 1/3 is all right in my eyes.
Chris Johnson (RB East Carolina)
Terrence Wheatley (CB Colorado)
I really like Jon Goff, and would be extremely happy if NE landed him at the end of round two. I'd like to draft Maualuga in round one (hopefully with a minor trade down), but Goff is the next best thing, and we don't even know if Rey's declaring. The Patriots don't exactly have a track record for taking LB's early either.
When it comes to DB's in the first round, I'd rather trade down a few spots and select Cason (with development he could take over Samuel's role, and he's dangerous with the ball in his hands).
I've always liked Kenny Phillips, but Sanders seems to be developing into a decent player, and Meriweather will be a good Safety, so NE might go another direction. There's a few reasons why I believe they'll select a Safety within the first three or four rounds though...
Sanders will be a free agent after the 2008 season (If he continues to develop there could be some good offers on the open market), Rodney's getting close to retirement, and Wilson's likely gone.
Now, if NE stays at 7th overall I'd expect OT's, and DL's to get some consideration. Remember, BB & Pioli like to build from the trenches out, and they've been able to develop DB's selected in later rounds.
At OT Matt Light gets the job done (for the most part), but NE could use an upgrade over Kaczur and O'Callaghan. I'm not saying they suck, but a top level OT would likely be an upgrade. If this OT proves to be an outstanding player, it would also give NE more flexibility with Light.
Wilfork's a beast at NT, but he's also a free agent after 2009. Hopefully NE extends him, but having a backup plan wouldn't be a bad idea (we can't just assume he's resigning).
NE could also use another DE to develop behind Seymour and Green (both free agents after 2009). I thought Kareem Brown could develop into a nice player for NE, and Pioli thought they might have stolen him in the fourth round, but he couldn't get onto the field, and found his way out of town.