As of April 9th the patriots had many, many needs, as documented (whined about) at length. Let's see how we did. QUARTERBACK ROBINSON - a developmental quarterback. WIDE RECEIVER HOLT - a starting top level WR to stretch the field opposite Moss PRICE - a developmental WR (to compete with Tate) TIGHT END GRANKOWSKI - a first round quality solution HERNANDEZ - a second round quality solution; he is also an h-back OFFENSIVE LINE LARSEN - the #3 center available as a devlopmental OL; 4th rounder per dryheat44 WELCH - a developmental OT; 6th round quality per dryheat44 RUNNING BACK Clearly, the team judged that the time is next year. We already have a young starter, three solid veterans and a developmental back. DEFENSIVE LINE Lewis - a very good veteran Warren - a JAG veteran, a former #1, should be a reasonable #7 DL Deaderick - a late round DE that dryheat44 had as a late 3rd or early 4th round talent Weston - a Practice Squad DT LINEBACKER Spikes - a GREAT ILB pick, may allow us to try Guyton outside (we also have McKenzie) Cunningham - our young solid OLB DEFENSIVE BACK McCourty - We needed a corner; the value was there in the first; belichick got his man and in effect picked up a 2011 2nd rounder by moving down in the first. PUNTER Mesko - long hang time and the best at dropping the ball behind the 20 ================= BOTTOM LINE Are you kidding???!!! We got almost evertything we wanted for Christmas. We didn't get a premier pass-rusher. I take it that Belichick didn't like who was available. And we didn't get a the 4th round running back that folks wanted, even though such a player probably wouldn't have played much in 2010 (we'll take care of RB next year). We met our needs. We ended up with 6 top 100 players (per Gosselin) and a starting punter!