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    I tried to think like the FO does. Here's my shot:

    Resign Moss, Gaffney, Gay, Bruschi, Wright
    Renegotiate/extend Colvin, Kelly Washington

    Lose Samuel to FA. I love the guy, but BB has constantly let his DB's go rather than offer huge money. I expect a fair offer, something like 5 mil a year for about 5-6 years with a bunch of guaranteed money, but Asante will bolt for the huge 7 mil a year over 7 years with 15 mil guaranteed. Hopefully he takes a hometown discount but I doubt it.

    Don't pick up Stallworth's option. Great teammate, great YAC threat, but both Moss/Gaffney are more valuable better investments. CJ should be able to fill in this role somewhat next year. He'll have no more excuses.

    Lose Seau and Brown to retirement.

    FA acquisitions:
    LB Victor Hobson, Jets: Experience in a 3-4 in multiple positions. Physical, strong at the point of attack. Has produced quietly in a similar defensive scheme. Will play inside for us. Dansby, Suggs, Briggs will all be too expensive. Another option who is probably even more likely is Keith Brooking if he gets released from Atlanta.

    Draft:
    -trade down to around 10-12. Add a pick for next year

    1) CB Malcom Jenkins, Ohio St.

    Productive, physical corner, Can turn and run. Good ball skills and athleticism (the two big keyes for NE corners). Experienced and mature. Will start off as #3 corner but should work his way up the depth charts quickly.

    2) RB Steve Slaton, West Virginia

    Faulk is one of the keys to our offense. If he ever goes down or retires the offense will take a serious step back. Slaton could be groomed as his replacement in 2-3 years. The kid is a little small, like Kevin, but has tons of speed and elusiveness. He is also a great receiver. Obviously he would need to work on his pass blocking, but what college RB doesn't. Most importantly, he's a huge big play threat and can return kicks. I don't think BB really wants to use Maroney or Hobbs or Welker as kick returners, Slaton could fill that job well. This pick could be a Peyton Hillis

    3a) S/CB Jon Hefney, Tennessee

    Very underrated player. Small, but very athletic and particularly instinctive. Played both corner and safety and excelled at both. Great tackler, excellent ball skills. Will probably never start, but could be great and very effective immediately in nickle/dime packages.

    3b) DT Trevor Laws, Notre Dame

    Has played 4-3 and done so effectively. He's played both end and nose in the 34 and produced as well. I'm sure he'll get a glowing review from Weiss as well. He reminds me a lot of a former BB/Pioli pick now doing pretty well with the Browns - Ethan Kelly. He's equally as athletic and powerful but has better technique. A nice backup for the nose and to spell VW once in awhile.

    4) OLB Bruce Davis, UCLA

    IMO, the closest thing to Bruschi you are gonna get. Intense, great hand play, explosive around the edge with an array of pass rush moves. Is used to attacking and engaging bigger players. Got some experience this year dropping into coverage and looked fairly comfortable doing it. Will probably need a few years for a complete transition, but should be a good STer right away and a nice pass rushing option should we need it. This is probably the earliest I see a LB being selected. Any earlier and the value just won't be there as the learning curve is just too steep in this defense.

    5) P Durant Brooks, GT

    Don't know much about him, only that he's the consensus top P. BB doesn't seem to have a problem trusting the kicking game to young players, so why not.

    In later rounds look for an OL or two for the pipeline, maybe a young WR for the PS and try to stockpile picks for next year.

    QB: Brady, Cassell, Guttierez
    RB: Maroney, Morris, Faulk, Slaton
    FB: Evans, Eckel
    WR: Moss, Welker, Gafney, CJ, Washington, Bam
    TE: Graham, Thomas, Brady
    OL: Light, Mankins, Koppen, Neal, Kazcur, O'Callaghan, Hotchstein, Yates, Britt
    DL: Seymour, Warren, Wilfork, Green, Laws, Wright, Smith, Thomas
    LB: Colvin, Vrabel, Bruschi, Thomas, Hobson, Alexander, Woods, Davis, Izzo
    CB: Hobbs, Gay, Jenkins, Hefney, Richardson
    S: Harrison, Sanders, Meriweather, Andrews
    ST:Gost, Paxton, Brooks

    Thoughts?
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    You probably mean Watson at Tight End and not Graham, right?
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    Yeah, sorry about that - a little bit of a brain fart on that one
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    I have to see more of Jenkins at the combine, but as of right now I would pass on him. Instead of drafting Slaton, I would sign UFA Mewelde Moore, who is a good punt returner and 3rd down back.
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    Agreed. I had my eye on Moore before he signed with the Vikes. I'm leaning trading back a few spots with a QB needy team and then taking Gholston. I don't know if he will be around that late though. The only QB needy team that I see close to the Pats are the Panthers but that might be too far to wait. Thoughts?
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    Free Agency, Retain, Moss, Gaffney, Washington, Johnson all retained.
    Keith Brooking or Brandon Chillar, Lose Assante Samuel, Pick up a aging brian Kelly, Ty Law, or Shawn Springs for a discount.

    Draft round 1

    7. Chris Long, Vernon Gholston,
    or slight trade down Kenny Phillips

    Round 2 Dan Connor, Everybody is shocked that he has fallen this far, and although he doesn't have alot of 3-4 experience he is all football player and heart, Patriots swipe in right now.

    Round 3 Oaklands pick Beau Bell

    round 3 our pick Best Cornerback on the board

    Continue to draft cornerbacks, O lineman
    Project at wide receiver from some unknown school
    end of draft grade A plus
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    All def. picks in the first 3 rounds. I gotta beleive that at least 1 pick in those rounds is on an off. player. Either a RB or OL.
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    This would be ideal. But teams realize that DWare and MErriman were the best picks of the '05 1st rd, and if Gholston blows up the combine as expected 4-3 teams will be looking at him very high as a DE. Trading back would be very risky. My sense at this VERY early stage is stand pat and take CLong, JLong, Gholston at #7. If they are gone, trade down, since there are few other elite talents in the draft. Probably between #6 and #20 the talent is equal and only the salaries are different.
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    I wonder if after the combine, the Pats will feel that they will have to move upto to get him especially if Chris Long is off the board and to get him before the the jets.
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    I doubt very serious they would move up to take a player not with the money that is onvolved with take ing a player that high more then likely if they don't think thye can get one of those players there they will move down add a pick or two and take someone that is just as good but didn't blow up the combine. I personly think the combine as too much imporatnace on it who plays in shorts and t-shirts
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