2013 NFL Draft: Top 5 Priorities for the New England Patriots
Tom Brady walks off the field
We don’t identify the NFL draft with the New England Patriots. The Patriots have been on top for so long, they are rarely in the conversation when it comes to top draft choices. As is the case in 2013, New England will be choosing near the end of round one in the number 29 spot.
Many would view the 29th spot in the draft order as slim pickin’s, but not head coach Bill Belichick. The genius behind the AFC’s reigning evil empire is more than happy to find low-cost hungry football players that he can mold in the Patriot way.
This year will be no different. Belichick will be looking to fatten up his defense. A defensive-minded coach who has lived in the lap of luxury with future hall-of-fame quarterback Tom Brady (who he found in the sixth round, by the way), Belichick will draft defensive backs and defensive lineman this year. New England needs depth in particular at corner back and having a few more play making linebackers on the team wouldn’t hurt either. At least that should be his plan.
The Pats have lost good wide receivers through free agency the past few seasons and the Foxboro faithful are tired of watching Brady leave the field with his head hanging as he has done after four Super Bowl appearances over the past dozen years. So grabbing a quality wideout to help get Tom terrific back to the big game is on New England’s board as well.
Here are the New England Patriots top five priorities for the 2013 NFL draft.
Cornerback and defensive back depth is something the Patriots covet. They’ve added a few young guys recently like Alfonzo Dennard, but look for them to add to this position early.
Vince Wilfork is a wonder, combining size, speed and strength. Another interior lineman or fringe rusher available would be too hard for Belichick to resist.
Free agency has killed the Patriots at the wide receiver position. Signing Danny Amendola was huge, but Tom Brady needs a big play deep threat.
Belichick loves tough playmaking linebackers. Although it is tough to tell who can actually take that position to the next level in the NFL, Belichick can certainly find one to coach up.
Several teams drafting ahead of New England are in the market for a wide receiver. If an experienced big program playmaker like Robert Woods of USC is available, don’t be surprised if the Pats pull the trigger.