As the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints prepare for their Super Bowl clash the rest of the NFL take some time off and prepare for the upcoming 2010 season.
Over the past few years the New England Patriots have had some questionable drafts (i.e 2005-2007.) Last years draft looked promising with future starters Sebastian Vollmer, Darius Butler, and Myron Pryor showing improvement as the season progressed.
This years draft looks to be one of the deepest in years, especially considering the Patriots needs.
The Patriots most apparent need is consistent pass rusher opposite of Tully Banta-Cain who had a phenomenal season despite the little exposure he has. Banta Cain will be a free agent but for the purpose of this mock draft let’s assume that the Patriots resign him ( as well as Leigh Bodden.)
The next Patriots need is a 3-4 defensive end. When Richard Seymour was traded prior to the opening game last year the Patriots struggled to find a consistent pass rusher at the DE position, look for the Patriots to fix that with the bevy of 2nd round picks they have.
Do you know who the Patriots third receiver in the 2009 NFL season was? No? I don’t either. The lack of consistency at the third receiver position for the Patriots hampered the overall efficiency of their offense. Joey Galloway, Julian Edelman, Sam Aiken, Brandon Tate, Isaiah Stanback, all started for the Patriots at the third receiver position this year, if the Patriots don’t fix the third receiver position via free agency this year, look for them to fix it in the draft.
Now without further ado here is my first crack at the Patriots’ 2010 4-round NFL mock draft.