The scouting department should be doing their job and Bill Belichick should know what players are going to be on the shelf in the 2010 draft. And if they are, I think they will find that some players/positions can be passed on in 2009 and some players/positions can't. For example, defensive tackle seems like an extremely stacked position in 2010. Seems like there are at least 5 first rounders, including Suh (Nebraska), McCoy (Oklahoma), Marsh (Florida) and Cody (Alabama). 2009 has Raji and Perry that are, IMO, legitimate first round prospects. Brace, Hood and Gilbert look like they have huge upside, but it is funny how upside tends to burn teams that draft with that logic. As for CB, I don't really see a prospect that screams first round. I guess Vonte Davis, but because of his relations to Vernon Davis, I wouldn't pass gas in his direction. Jenkins should probably move to safety, but it all depends on the team I suppose. 2009 seems loaded with 2nd-3rd round talent at the corner position and I bet that at this time next year, it will seem that the same will be true for the 2010 draft. As for ILB, I think 2009 has some legitimate prospects. They all might be overrated, but they have all put in their time with their teams and are considered leaders and winners. Laurinaitis, Maualuga, and Beckworth. Spikes and McClain make 2010 an option to fall back on. With lack of depth next year, 09 might be the time to make a splash to find Mayo a younger sidekick. Tackle should be just as deep next year as it is this year, Safety should be a bit stronger with Taylor Mays and Kam Chancellor coming out, Guard will be the same, and QB will be stacked next year, including McCoy, Bradford and maybe Clausen (which is great because that will allow 3-4 prospects to drop the Pats way). If I were to guess, 09 would be the year to get that OLB like Barwin or Sintim. Drafting a DT seems questionable to me this year when there are going to be a bunch of them in 2010. WR is relatively deep this year with a couple sleepers that should be worth a look see. Obviously free agents (like Gaffney, Patten, etc) have sufficed in the past. As for Safety, I would have to have Taylor Mays. So if Bill can trade a couple second rounders or the 23rd pick for a top pick next year, I'll be very pleased. And if the Pats don't get Mays, they can grab Cody, the DT from Alabama.