Draft Prospects Who Would Fit Perfectly with the New England Patriots

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Draft Prospects Who Would Fit Perfectly with the New England Patriots
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Come April 25, the New England Patriots decision-makers will be hunkered down in a war room for the NFL draft.

Behind the closed doors, head coach Bill Belichick, director of player personnel Nick Caserio, football research director Ernie Adams and other minds will debate the importance of a prospect's value and fit.

Yet contrary to popular belief, the best player on the board doesn't always make for the best player in any team's system. It comes down to how well a team can utilize a player.

This leads us to the element of fit.

A player's fit hinges on his ability to fulfill a role based on his strengths and weaknesses. Fit has less to do with freakish athleticism or college statistics than it has to do with what a prospect can contribute in a particular scheme.

In other words, you don't draft a 250-pound defensive end to play the 5-technique in a 3-4 defense. And you certainly don't draft a sluggish 350-pound offensive guard to play in a zone-blocking scheme.

With this importance of fit at the forefront, here is a non-inclusive look at five perfect matches for New England.


All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.

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