17 Linebackers and DE's could be in top 40
The rush will be on for DE's and LB's. This an incredible Day One at these positions. Much depends on Belichick's draft board and how the draft runs, but having four picks between 20 and 50 will be sweet (I expext to move up from 58).
TEN OUT OF REACH PLAYERS
I expect the following players to be long gone.
QB Stafford, Sanchez
OT Smith, Monroe, Oher, Smith
LOOK AT THE BOARD AFTER THE TOP TEN (29 players) We get can two at 23 and 34.
HALF the board is composed of linebackers and defensive ends.
I'm sure that several of these are NOT on the patriots board. Also, I expect some players not on this board to be drafted before 34.
OT Britton, Beatty, Meredith
WR Harvin, Maclin, Hicks, Heyward-Bey
DB Davis, Smith, Butler
RB Moreno, Wells, Brown
DE Jackson, Hood, Gilbert, Johnson
OLB/DE Cushing, Ayers, Matthews, Barwin, Maybin, Brown, Sintim, English
ILB Maualuga, Laurinitis
Linebackers or defensive ends are likely to be the best value available (or close) when we draft at 23 and 34, although we might have to add a pick to move up for the player we want. Some of these players could be still left at 47, although I wouldn't expect it or count on it.
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