So, I was reading the thread in this section today about us drafting a pass rusher, and how the selection of an offensive tackle or a defensive end would send us in the opposite direction and it set me into a bit of a mini-rage fit about some of the stuff being said by Patriots fans recently. So, rant time: First and foremost the draft is an inexact science, players combine numbers, physical measurements, college tape only goes so far in determining who is going to excel at the pro level. I've been guilty of this too, trying to pigeon hole a player based on some numbers they put up in shorts. That's simply not how the game works, the game requires someone who's strong in physique and strong mentally to be a great player, and the truth is you can never know a persons mind till they are instructed to do something exact. Despite that, drafting players is still the best method to infuse a team with talent - significantly better than free agency. Which is the exact reason the Patriots trade [down] so frequently. Belichick knows the value of these picks and isn't going to squander them on a player he's not absolutely certain of, which is exactly why all this crap about packaging picks to move up in the draft to select guys that are relative unknowns isn't something to take lightly, yet I've heard claims from fans and members of the media saying that we should just up and trade 17, 28 and anything else necessary to get Robert Quinn (For example). I hate to break it to some of these people, but this team needs elite talent not just at pass rusher but at a variety of positions. Our defensive line has gotten blown off the line of scrimmage the last few years, our interior offensive line has been getting rag dolled by even the most mid level defensive fronts we've faced, and our secondary has been wildly inconsistent at best until McCourty showed up, and heres to hoping that him and Bodden can change that. To the people saying we need to draft a pass rusher or its complete and utter doom you really need to re-evaluate this team. We have a variety of needs that need attending and the person you blame for not being aggressive enough with picks is the entire reason this motley crew of players [Outside of Brady] has put up the incredible win record they have. Belichick is doing an incredible job with what he has, and he's traded the way he has the last few years to bring in youth that will keep making this team better. This isn't a "DRINK THE KOOLAID" rant, but more of open your eyes to the fact that this draft thing isn't an exact science; we're working with human beings here not machines. Last year I was livid they passed on Kindle for McCourty, and I was still pretty irked they got Gronkowski over him again in the second but then I realized something as the season progressed: It's not the position that matters in the draft but the player drafted. If we leave the 2011 draft with a C, WR, and DE in the first rounds I won't bat an eye lash initially, I might wish they had drafted that DE/OLB conversion prospect, but if the WR puts up a productive rookie campaign, the center plays at a high level and the defensive end helps shore up our defense will you complain? I know I won't. This team needs high talent at basically every position but TE. Filling those other less flashy needs is going to be just as important in the long run as the potential of pulling a Ditka and ending up with the next Vernon Gholston or Demarcus Ware. To act like this team has one need is complete denial. /end rant.