.... the first round draft made by the Patriots will be a linebacker. I recieved an email from a certain Mr Perillo today, and he said the following: "... the more that we are assessing the Patriots, and the feedback that we are getting from the get-together is that the current coaching staff have already earmarked their first priorities. From what I gather, Bryant and Merriweather are competing for a starting place alongside last years starter. In addition to this, we have to look at the recent additions made by our coaching staff. It stands to reason that we are pretty well equipped in this department in relation to others. I feel that the draft at Corner Back is deeper than last year and we could well look at picking up an upgrade for our secondary in the second or third round. If I had to choose where we are drafting, it'd be at either inside or outside linebacker. Adding depth to our Offensive Line and a Tight End may be a priority, but I can't see us drafting with our first pick here. But then again in our mock draft, I didnt get any of our picks last year and I don't see anything changing this year."