I don't know many of these players and I'm sure you guys have more imput than I do. Anyone we take in the first 10 picks( if BB doesn't trade down) should be a Good player to help us. Thoughts New England Patriots: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas I can't believe New England will go 19-0 and draft in the top five come next April. How ridiculous is that? Whom do the Patriots take up here? They don't really need anything, except for a cornerback if Asante Samuel leaves. But it's still too early to select any corner. The Patriots may decide to pick the best player available, which is easily Darren McFadden. If they're scoring 41 points per game right now, how sick are they going to be with McFadden and Laurence Maroney rotating at running back? . NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (F/ SF) β Chris Long, DE, Virginia Wow. Who got the best of this trade? Joe Staley better be a pretty darn good player. The Pats will seize this rare opportunity to take the best guy on their board. While some defensive players may be ranked a little higher, Long is accustomed to the 3-4 scheme and will add youth along the defensive line. His no-quit motor and versatility fit perfectly into the New England system. 8 Patriots Kenny Phillips Safety Miami FL It just doesn't seem fair that the Patriots could have a top ten pick next year thanks to the 49ers. If they are picking this high, expect them to target a defensive back for the second year in a row. They've moved Brandon Merriweather to cornerback, so there's still a need to depth at safety and Phillips has the ability to be Rodney Harrison's replacement. Jake Long OT Michigan Note: The Patriots look unstoppable. Imagine if they get their hands on the top tackle in this years draft? Laurinaitis, James, ILB Ohio State The Patriots are not only the best team in football; they are by far the smartest. Trading a late 1st rounder last year to the Niners was a steal, and it looks like they are going to get an opportunity to grab a top 5-10 pick. The problem, and a real good problem at that, is that the Pats are loaded and donβt need any real help. The positions that could use some upgrading are ILB where they have an aging Bruschi and Seau, and also CB where they run the risk of losing franchise player Asante Samuel. Because the value is best with Laurinaitis, I have them going with him. He is a perfect fit for their defensive scheme and will become the next great LB in their system, as he is in my opinion just as good of a prospect as Patrick Willis. There will be a lot of temptation to grab McFadden here, but the Pats have a very deep RB stable and I think they will hold off. If I were the Pats I would look to acquire multiple picks and trade out of this spot as a lot of teams will want to move up to grab McFadden and they can certainly get a LB or CB later in the first round. Dan Connor, LB, Penn State If there's any team in the draft that's likely to trade down, it's New England. But trading into or out of the top five is VERY difficult due to salary cap ramifications. So what is a powerhouse team like New England going to do ? If they're at the #4 spot, trading to #5 makes sense (if the team at #5 is interested) , but projecting trades is an exercise in futility. Either way, I imagine that the Pats would take the best linebacker in the draft. Connor is a remarkably talented LB who would be a great fit for a talented-but-aging Patriots linebacking corps. Keep in mind that Tedy Bruschi and Junior Seau will be free agents following this season.