2nd Round Options for the Patriots

The first round gets all the hype, but champions are built in the 2nd – 7th round. The Patriots have had amazing skill in 1st round picks, having no busts (injuries exlcuded) since 1992 and Eugene Chung.
We haven’t had the best track record with 2nd round picks lately, as Eugene Wilson (one great season notwithstanding) , Chad Jackson, Bethel Johnson, and others come to mind. Of course Matt Light and Deion Branch were right before them, so maybe we just hit a tough stretch.
Due to this year’s depth, we will have some impressive talent available to us when we use the 62nd pick in draft.
Chris Johnson – RB – East Carolina
This guy can burn. As we saw last year, having a healthy RB is essential to opening up the passing game on a consistent basis. Our line can block and the speedy Johnson should be able to be a great change of pace in the future.
Curtis Lofton – ILB – Oklahoma
Lofton may not fit the perfect mold of a Patriots linebacker, but he is a good tackler that would bring solid depth to a thin position.
Andre Caldwell – WR – Florida
His eyes aren’t as big as brother Reche’s, but his game may be bigger already. He put up some nice numbers in the swamp, and Urban Meyer and Bill have a mutual admiration society going on.
Brandon Flowers – CB – Virginia Tech
With Asante Samuel and Randall Gay bolting for GREENer pastures, the Patriots will be looking for help in the secondary. Flowers is a guy who could blossom in the right system.
Charles Godfrey – CB – Iowa
This guy is a player. Having watched him in person over the last 4 years, I can say that he reminds me of a young Asante Samuel. He breaks on the ball really well and shows good tackling instincts. Coach Kirk Ferentz and Bill Belichick go way back.

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