Here's an interesting question for you: last year, the Pats entered the draft with four late comp picks, and a fairly clear understanding that there would be no comp picks in 2008. Yet, after taking Brandon Meriweather and then trading away four consecutive picks, the Patriots then used every single remaining pick on players that--to any rational observer--had little chance of making the roster.* So, my question with respect to 2007 is this: which do you think is more likely, that this was the Pats' strategy entering the draft, or that they tried to trade into 2008, and just couldn't find any good offers? And now, in 2008, the Pats enter the draft knowing that--in all likelihood--they will once again be flush with comp picks in 2009 (and even better than the ones in 2007). Do you think that will affect their utilization of the late picks? *Yeah, I'm still bitter that the Pats lost Justin Rogers because of Belichick's older LB fetish. (Just what the hell did Chad Brown contribute that was more worthy of a roster spot? ) But it's not all that germane to my argument.