By Natalie Petitto on March 13, 2014
The New England Patriots are known for striking gold in the NFL Draft. Tom Brady was a sixth-rounder no one seemed to want until mad genius Bill Belichick came calling on draft day. The Patriots also struck gold with TE Rob Gronkowski in the 2010 draft. However, the Patriots have also made some big mistakes on draft day. Here are five they need to avoid this year.
Welker and Edelman may have beat the odds by being remarkable receivers for their size, but make no mistake, they are the exception. This not only goes for receivers, but defenders as well. The team has notoriously taken chances on undersized players on draft day, and one by one, those draft choices have fallen off the roster.
Yes, he’s a football wizard with thousands of plays committed to memory, but Belichick has been tooting his own horn for the past few seasons by thinking his magic touch will apply to any player he touches. The laughable addition of Tim Tebow in 2013 is proof that Belichick thinks he can turn a piece of toast into a football player. He can’t.
The NFL has been the talk of the media this past season, but for all the wrong reasons. We’ve seen a slew of players have their faces splashed across newspapers and websites -- not for touchdowns and interceptions -- but because of some truly horrendous off-field behavior. The Patriots were home to the worst of them all. The NFL is taking huge measures to take this spotlight off the league, and the Patriots need to do the same.
Gronkowski may be a beast, but he’s been wrecked with injuries for the past two seasons. While the Patriots may have chanted “next man up” after Gronkowski tore his ACL, you have to wonder if they really believed it. With Aaron Hernandez also gone, albeit for more sinister reasons, Brady needs a big TE who can match up with defenders.
Yes, Brady needs a solid receiving corps, but putting all your stock in Brady's ability to throw touchdowns isn't enough. He may be the "comeback kid," but the Patriots learned last season that he can't do it alone. Relying on Brady to throw a touchdown on every drive is a dismal plan. The Patriots need defenders who can limit plays on the other side of the ball.
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