Patriots looking to draft WR after losing bid for Emmanuel Sanders
After the Pittsburgh Steelers placed an original round tender on Emmanuel Sanders, the New England Patriots made a play for the wide receiver, willing to drop a third-round pick in compensation for the bargain. However, the Pittsburgh Steelers weren’t prepared to lose Emmanuel Sanders and by Sunday’s deadline, they matched the New England Patriots’ offer sheet with a $2.5 million salary, double the initial one-year, $1.323 million tender placed on fourth-year veteran.
With the departure of Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker, the New England Patriots are a little thin at wide receivers. Although Danny Amendola is a satisfactory replacement for Wes Welker, there are still questions about his durability. Moreover, the remaining group of Donald Jones, Michael Jenkins and Julian Edelman isn’t always that effective at striking fear in the hearts of opponents.
While wide receiver may seem like a priority for the New England Patriots at this stage, it is apparent that the team always never viewed Emmanuel Sanders as their top option and will now be exploring the draft for other choices.
The New England Patriots have five picks in the 2013 NFL draft, with the third-round pick they saved in the bargain for Emmanuel Sanders. Adding the right rookie in the NFL draft could make the New England Patriots’ group of wide receivers work.
But historically the team hasn’t picked a wideout under Bill Belichick with a first-round pick in the NFL draft. However, it remains to be seen if the New England Patriots will defy odds and go for a wide receiver with of their top round pick.