Why the New England Patriots should think outside their system when making draft decisions - espnBoston - Mike Reiss Interesting column by Reiss. He notes that the Pats were in their base 3-4 alignment for just 40% of their snaps last season, and were in a sub package with five or more defensive backs 57% of the time. He says that formation is what "sunk them", based on their ranking last in the NFL on 3rd down. From there he says the Pats should get away from only scouting players that would appear to be fits for a 3-4 and look at 4-3 prototypes as well. Reiss also says that although the Pats have done well looking for three- and four-down players, they would be well served to consider two-down players in this upcoming draft.