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  1. DefenseRules

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    http://patriots.scout.com/2/491259.html
    What do you guys think. There was a drop off when Wilfork left the field. It wouldn't hurt to have a little more depth.

    I hope the mods don't mind that I posted the entire article.
     
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    Sure we need depth at NT. There is a kid from Stanford, can't remember his name, that might be around in the thrid or forth. I really liked his work when I was able to see him.

    He could rise as the draft gets closer.
     
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    The season just ended a week ago and an Internet site is saying who the Pats are looking to draft? No offense to the poster but I find this very unlikely. That's the only thing I hate about the draft. Every Internet site in the world tells you who the Pats are looking at. This is a team that doesn't even tell you when one of their players is injured and if they are, what the injury is. Christ, Corey Dillon could have had a broken leg for all we know. In my opinion, if there is one team in the NFL who isn't leaking out draft info, it's the Patriots. I just think there is nothing to write about at this moment so people start telling us who the Patriots are looking to draft. Even though the Senior Bowl, combine and personal workouts haven't taken place yet. Call me crazy but I thought those were important steps in the draft process.
     
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    Everything you say is true.

    But, it has been obvious to everyone that we need a viable backup for Vince. If he goes down with an injury we are hurting.
     
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    I thouht it was a bad move when they released Traylor.
     
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    I think we should use all of our draft picks on the secondary. I'm only half-joking too :(
     
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    Oh no, I agree 100 percent with you, I'm just saying I'm suspect of the article naming a particular player the Patriots are looking at already. I'm sure Pioli and Belichick have just started to sit down with their scouting department to go over everything and it's just a little early in the whole process to say the Pats are eying so and so. That's all I was saying. Picking up a backup NT makes perfect sense but I imagine the Pats have their eye on many players, both in the draft and free agency.
     
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    Wright was the backup NT in camp. Many times I openly wondered why we didn't pick up a veteran NT if Traylor wasn't good enough to contribute. aj suggested the plan that the team used, using Seymour and Warren, a radical change from 2004. I guess I'm stubborn, but I still think that we need either a veteran or a draftee that bb thinks can step right in, or both. NT is critical to the success of the 3-4. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with Wilfork's play, that a breather once in a while wouldn't solve.

    BTW, I also think that we might look at DE, if the value is there. It is still not clear that Hill will be a success at DE.
     
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    True enough, but there are a very few NT candidates in this draft. Fifita is one who may be around in the third round who could be developed to back up Vince, it's not too hard to project - if you actually take the Patriots' draft philosophy into account instead of playing mindless mock games with the RB flavor of the day.
     
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    That would be Babatunde Oshinowo. A smart player, but not as strong as you'd think for his size or very fast. He doesn't translate to the pros that well and has little upside. Somebody who we should look at is Montavous Stanley, from Louisville, or even another smart guy, who is a little smaller hovering around 300 pounds which would be underclassman John McCargo from NC St. who was overshadowed by Mario Williams and Manny Lawson.
     
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    I'd like to see how Wright develops as he gets his technique down. Hill is a decent run stuffer, but his pass rush is nothing to get excited about. Ty is the slowest DL off the ball, but he still gets a good push on the pocket that I haven't seen from Hill. We should be looking at both NT and DE for the chance to upgrade if the opportunity presents itself, no complacency.
     
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    Despite his height and reach I thought Hill was drafted with DT in mind. Pass rush shouldn't be as critical.

    Still, if they are looking for a backup for Wilfork it doesn't say much for what the Pats think about Hill.
     
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    Hill plays one position, LDE behind Seymour. Wright and Klecko are at least able to take a series at NT or either DE and be productive.
     
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    You are confusing looking at with drafting. Don't be suspicious when an article says the Pats are looking at a player,and spokewith him at the shrinegame. It is likely they are looking at a zillion players now.

    That doesn't say they are draftingFffita, only that they are looking at him. This shows they are also looking at NTs.

    These reports give us informatin as to who the Pats are lookingat, and that is good
     
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