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  1. OsloRhino

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    .... 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."
     
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    I think their are alot of signs that would point to LB....maybe this will finally be the year.
     
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    Sounds like someone to ignore :D
     
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    More talk of Meriweather at CB doesn't excite me. And none of the ILB excite me for our #1 pick either.
     
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    The PFW guys really don't have any more insight than anyone else. I remember them being on WEEI about 20 minutes before the Pats picked Mankins saying the one thing they were sure of is BB did not value interior lineman enough to ever draft one on round 1.
     
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    The guy can't even spell Meriweather right.
     
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    How about a post title that describes the content instead of a time wasting tease?
     
  8. NePatriots

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    Here are a few reasons why BB won't draft a linebacker day 1

    Disclaimer: the article is from my website.
     
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    If we dont draft not one but a couple of good young fast LB's or aquire a T.Spikes next year our defense will flat out be slower and get worse then last year especially with the loss of Asante, anybody who thinks different doesnt know what the hell he or she is talkin about.
     
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    Respect your opinion, but people have said that for the last few years... what is wrong with getting the likes of Avril, Bell, or Wheeler on Day 2?
     
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    This goes to the question I was about to ask...

    Why do so many people spell his name with two R's?

    He was a first round pick, and the name is on the back of his jersey.
     
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    Avril's a likely second round pick, so it would seem he's likely not going to be available for one of those second day selections.
     
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    Thats a possibility, I'd say he is an early 3rd round pick (2nd day starting this year)
     
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    Good points but I have to say for years people were saying Bill doesn't draft Ol high, specifically guards, but went ahead and did it..

    If the pats draft a LB, I don't see it at #7.. If they trade back.. yes I see it
     
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    I know, they also changed the length teams are on the clock in both the first and second rounds.

    Getting back to Avril, I think he's a mid to late second rounder, and has a better chance of being off the board before the 62nd overall selection.
     
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    Well, it is not as if we saw him on the field that much last year to get a good look. I chalk it up to the same reason so many would put an "s" at the end of Samuel.

    Anyway, I would doubt drafting an inside linebacker in the first round, since there seems to be lacking true first round talent for that position. I could see Rivers if the team trades down. But I would greater expect a OLB/DE. Based on free agent spending we know the FO will pay for guys to go and knock down the QB. Colvin being gone would suggest another guy is needed.

    I would still think the logical thing would be OLB in rd 1, CB in rd 2, then start mining rounds 3-5 for some ILB.
     
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    Truth be told, none of us (including PFW) have any clue what the Pats will do but in this case I agree with them, I think the Pats will choose an OLB at #7 (Long, Gholston, Harvey, Groves).

    I disagree with the premise of your article, as of right now I think they take a OLB in round 1 and then at least one more in rounds 3-5.
     
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    Bill's predictable unpredictability is fun to be around... I don't disagree that we may draft multiple LB's rounds 3-5 or even if we trade down in Round 1. I just think at #7 and #62 we won't get the value that BB needs at the LB position.
     
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    Agree. IMO, AD will return to ILB, at least on 1st & 2nd downs, and share calls with Tedy. His acquisition labels him as the next captain after a yr of getting the system down. A rookie on 1st & 2nd should function and we'll have to live with a few mistakes in setting the edge. It is imperative they draft a LB candidate with more up-side than has been done in the past. 2nd day LB draftees have proven to be little more than adequate STers.
     
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    He suffers from a bad case of Matt Cassell syndrome. It's untreatable, alas -- just ask Willie McGuinest.
     
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