The New England Patriots crashed-and-burned in the playoffs after a 14-2 regular season record this season, which was best in the NFL. The Pats one-and-doned for the second year in the row, and will watch the Super Bowl at home.
The attention now goes off the field as the team prepares for the offseason. The source of great interest for the Pats fans is the 2011 NFL Draft. The Patriots hold three picks within the first 33 selections (Nos. 17, 28 and 33) in the draft.
The draft has some good offensive linemen and is loaded with talent along the defensive line. Coincidentally enough, both will be positions the Patriots will look to upgrade this season.
Rushing the passer and helping Vince Wilfork along the defensive line is necessary. Also, the futures of Logan Mankins, Stephen Neal and Matt Light are questionable right now; whether any or all of them return to the team is up in the air. The team will need replacements immediately, and if they do return it can’t hurt to groom them because they are closer to the end of their careers than the beginning.
Who will the team consider to grab with one of their three top picks?