The offseason can be a crazy time in sports. Thankfully, the combine marked the beginning of the end of the long NFL offseason.
Yes, kickoff is still months away but this is when organizations work to put together the best team possible for the upcoming season. The New England Patriots have their work cut out for them and so do I.
There were plenty of good questions in today's New England Patriots mailbag. Without any further ado let's get to them.
Ronald Osborne Jr. asks: Should Julian Edelman move to DB full-time next year considering there might not be room for him at wide receiver?
I think that is dependent on what happens in free agency. If the Patriots go out and nab a top wide receiver such as Brandon Lloyd then the move to defense makes sense. But if they focus their attention on grabbing top defensive talent then you have to move Edelman to receiver full time.
Julian Edelman is a very interesting player. There are not many talents that can play on both sides of the ball. In the best case scenario the Patriots front office is able to grab wide receivers and defensive players from the draft or free agency and Edelman can play both sides of the ball as a backup.
That is, after all, what he is best at.
Scotty McGraw asks: What do you think the running back core will look like in 2012?
Well, starting running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis is headed for free agency. We will start with him. In my eyes bringing The Law Firm back is a no brainer. The Pats will never rely on a running back to be a game changer—their passing game is just too good. Green-Ellis fits in perfectly with New England and the Patriots way.
He can protect the ball and provide breaks from passing plays. Green-Ellis isn’t explosive but he is a hard runner and just doesn’t fumble. I mean he never fumbles. That in itself is the appeal of Green-Ellis.
The Patriots should bring him back in 2012 but if another team makes an enticing offer, the Patriots probably won't be able to match it.
Most of the Patriots are easily replaceable. That is just the Patriots' way. If Green-Ellis leaves then Danny Woodhead, Kevin Faulk and Steven Ridley are more then prepared to fill that hole.
Jim Doherty asks: The Patriots need help at defensive line, defensive back and wide receiver. What players should they pick up to fill these needs?
The draft is the best place to pick up young talent and the Patriots should look there first. They're lucky enough to have two first round picks. The front office in New England has to use these picks to rebuild their crumbling defense.
With the 27th pick in the first round I see New England grabbing linebacker Nick Perry out of USC. Perry is a fantastic player who dazzled at the combine. He will provide youth and talent to the New England defense. To compliment this pick the Patriots should choose defensive end Jared Crick from Nebraska.
These two young studs will be able to kickstart the rebuilding process on defense. That being said the Patriots should try and nab two key free agents. They need a wide receiver and defensive talent. The two I have in mind are former number one pick Mario Williams and Rams wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.
Lloyd knows the system and he and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are able to produce great results. If the Pats can get Williams and Lloyd in addition to a great draft this fan will be very excited for the upcoming season.
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