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.
|PATRIOTS DRAFT BOARD|
|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.