When it comes to the New England Patriots’ draft board, I can’t help but think of Bill Belichick holed up in his headquarters giddily maneuvering players up and down like Dr. Frankenstein assembling mismatched body parts to resurrect a monster from the dead.
“Hehe, if I slot a receiver in Round 1, I can add depth along the defensive line after that. Or if I go for an offensive lineman early, I can let Vollmer walk and spend that money on defense. No, wait, I’ve got it! If I take a defensive lineman first, I can address wide receiver next, then add depth along the offensive line in the later rounds. Yes! It’s alive! Muahahahaha! My draft is alive! Oh crap, my Junior Mints melted all over my hoodie.”
Or something like that.
In any case, the Patriots are once again on the cusp of capturing another Super Bowl title. With most of their roster intact, they can afford to be picky (no pun intended) with their selections and address specific needs.
Here are 10 players who have elevated their draft stock through impressive workouts at the NFL combine and individual pro days, outstanding work during Senior Bowl week or high production this past season.
Many of these players would be welcome additions to any NFL roster, but all of them hold even more appeal for the Patriots and their team needs.
*Note: All NFL Combine stats were taken from www.nfl.com/combine.