Monday, May 01, 2006

Patriots make a surprising move

Well, just as I predicted, the Patriots can't be predicted. I certainly wasn't expecting them to trade up in the second round to get a wide receiver! With 7 of their 10 picks, the Patriots took offense over defense, and their first pick a running back.

Strange things are happening in Foxboro.

Corey Dillon and Kevin Faulk are aging half backs with plenty of issues. So, perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise that Belichick and Pioli went for a running back with their first choice. And with Givens leaving in the offseason, a new wide receiver was a necessity.

But there were a lot of holes in the secondary last year. Admittedly, most of the holes came from a slew(sp?) of injuries, not talent. But once injured, most players have trouble staying on the field.

It was definitely an interesting draft this year.

Round Pick From


1 21 Assigned Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota
2 4 Assigned Chad Jackson, WR, Florida
3 22 Assigned David Thomas, TE, Texas
4 9 Detroit Garrett Mills, TE/FB, Tulsa
4 21 Assigned Stephen Gostkowksi, K, Memphis
5 3 Oakland Ryan O'Callaghan, OT, California
6 22 Assigned Jeremy Mincey, DE, Florida
6 36 Compensatory Pick Dan Stevenson, OG, Notre Dame
6 37 Compensatory Pick Le Kevin Smith, DT, Nebraska
7 21 Assigned Willie Andrews, S, Baylor

And, BTW, I really, really don't understand the Patriots obsession with drafting tight ends.

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