The Patriots spend their first-round draft pick on a defensive lineman
It’s too soon to give you a name—we’ll leave that to the Mel Kipers and Mike Mayocks of the world a few months from now. But it’s evident that the interior defensive line is a need of primary importance to the Patriots. Vince Wilfork (pictured) is 32 years old and trying to come back from an Achilles’ injury. Tommy Kelly, 33, was lost for the season in November with a knee injury. And while a cast of unknown fill-ins and street free-agents has put in an admirable effort, it’s tough to tell whether Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones, and Joe Vellano are worth keeping around. The dream scenario for the Patriots is to hit the jackpot just as they did in 2004, when they stole Wilfork with the 21st overall pick.