Previous 10 Selections:
18. Cincinnati Bengals - LB Paul Posluszny
19. Tennessee Titans - WR Robert Meachem
20. New York Giants - LB Lawrence Timmons
21. Denver Broncos - WR Ted Ginn Jr
22. Dallas Cowboys - CB Chris Houston
23. Kansas City Chiefs - QB JaMarcus Russell
24. New England Patriots - CB Darrelle Revis
25. New York Jets - DT Justin Harrell
26. Philadelphia Eagles - WR Dwayne Bowe27. New Orleans Saints - CB Aaron Ross
Needs: LB, S, CB, WR
Considering: Jon Beason, LB, Miami (FL); Jarvis Moss, DE/LB, Florida; Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami (FL); Dwayne Jarrett, WR, USC; Anthony Spencer, DE/LB, Purdue
Thought Process: With the 24th pick, the Patriots drafted Darrelle Revis to shore up the cornerback situation, for now. That left the linebacker and safety spot as the glaring weaknesses. Rodney Harrison and Eugene Wilson battled injuries last season at both safety positions forcing James Sanders and Artrell Hawkins to pick up the slack. But with Meriweather the only safety I could justify taking with this pick, I will have to pass and hope the Patriots grab one later in the draft. I still can't get the image of Meriweather stomping on some FIU player(s) in the OB.
On to the linebacker situation...
The Adalius Thomas signing allows the Patriots a little flexibility at the linebacker position. I expect Mike Vrabel to move inside with Tedi Bruschi, while Rosevelt Colvin and Thomas man the outside. An improvement over last year, but there isn't much depth after these four. Much like Saints fans and Fred Thomas, the sight of Eric Alexander playing LB in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship still haunts me.
With that in mind, the New England Patriots, as usual, will go with versatility on this pick.
28th Pick, New England Patriots: Jarvis Moss, DE/LB, Florida
With the ability to play DE or OLB, I am sure Belichick will enjoy finding ways to use him on defense and special teams.
Who would you have selected?
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