Crossing My Fingers for Jason Taylor

Aaron DodgeAnalyst IApril 25, 2009

DETROIT - OCTOBER 26:  Jason Taylor #55 of the Washington Redskins looks on during the game against the Detroit Lions on October 26, 2008 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Domenic Centofanti/Getty Images)

Not to lump myself with the mass of dissatisfied Patriots nation, but...well I too am a little dissatisfied as the first day of the 2009 NFL Draft comes to an end.

In Bill Belichick I will always trust, but man anyone else still not comfortable with the idea of Pierre Woods starting and Gary Guyton being our backup option in the middle? I like both of the guys don't get me wrong, but I'm sure as heck not comfortable enough to like them as possible starters yet.

I figured our need at either or maybe even both linebacker positions would be addressed on day one and they weren't. The defense did get a little better with the additions of CB Darius Butler, S Patrick Chung, and NT Ron Brace. All players will at the very least add some depth to their respective positions and possibly help out on special teams at the bare minimum come regular season.

The second day is still very much in the future and the Patriots know how to find gems in later rounds, but the lack of a LB on the first day has me really wondering what our starting line up will look like and it gets me hoping mightily for Jason Taylor.

I'm off the Peppers bandwagon. If it happens great, but I'm sick of the story because nothing has come of it and nothing appears to be able to come of it. So I return to the Taylor idea. It has been reported that if Miami doesn't want him he would heavily consider New England. It has also been reported that after the draft the Dolphins would be deciding on Taylor's future with their team.

So it's my hope at this point that the Patriots can do one of two things or even both if they want to really make my day. One, find some proven pass rushers in the later rounds. Two, sign Jason Taylor for a year or two to hold a spot for a youngster. If neither happens I'm gonna be one heck of a complainer about this year's draft until I'm hopefully proven wrong.



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