Re: Biggest Needs To Address In 2014 Draft
posted at 11/1/2013 8:32 AM EDT
Wendells actually been performing better as of late and given the players at C in the draft this year you might be looking at more of a long term project than someone who can step in right away. But there are some decent ones in the mid rounds that if given a couple years can take over the role nicely.
For me it goes:
DT/NT - Wilfork is in the last year of his contract and even if they extend him Kelly won't be around past 14', esp if his knees are starting to go. Armstead is still a huge question mark and we have no clue what he'll become so finding a long term solution to eventually replace Wilfork should be priority #1 and there are a couple fo good canidates that have to possibility to be around in the mid 20's to 40 rang
TE - To me this is the second priority on the list. Gronk is oft injured and we've seen the difference when we have a good TE vs when we don't so getting another good pass catching TE that can block to me is #2
G - Connolly is just about done and Cannon is better suited as a emergency RT if Vollmers injures continue. mankins contract is coming up too so we might have a need to double down on G's. Now I hope they get a RG this year in the mid rounds and target a LG next year in day 1/2 but you never know with BB
SS - Gregory is a decent one, the Wilson's need to be shown the door, and Harmon looks like a great nickel and dime option or possible swing CB but they need a true starting caliber SS. Preferable a larger one SS/LB hybrid that can flex in and out with Harmon and cover TE's
CB - Ryan looks good that has talent to develop into a starting CB (good call MB), Dennard is a good #2 the question is if Talib sticks around. If he does then I would just add some vet help (not named Cole) and see if you can get out from under Arringtons contract. If Talib can't be resigned it looks like the what 5th year in a row they need to grab a CB?
WR - Now some might call me crazy but there is a reason we haven't seen Boyce yet and I have a hard time believing it's because of a hammy or that the Pats are saving him to be a secret weapon in the playoffs. I think they are disappointed with his performance so far. Dobson hopefully continues to develop, Edelman is a good option but not a starting caliber WR long term, Amendola......................., Thompkins has disappeared, and the WRs they have on IR are unknowns. If they sign a vet this offseason no need to draft a WR otherwise I'd look to add a body with #2/3 potential at worst
QB - Mallets contract is coming up and we are starting to see Brady decline. It still might be a couple years away but if a good QB falls might be worth taking a look at them
RB - Blount and Bolden are kind of just JAGs at this point and it seems like BB doesn't trust Ridley at all. Vereen is oft injured (seems to be a pattern with Pats players) so who knows what this RB core will look like a couple years down the road. Might be good to look for a developmental RB in the mid to late rounds.