Patriots Bread & Butter: Wheat-ley and Mayo


To go with the linebacker they drafted at number ten, Jerod Mayo, the Patriots selected Terrence Wheatley (S, Colorado). Wheatley is a quick-twitch athlete that is in the in the same mold as former Patriot Asasnte Samuel — small, agile, great ballskills and an average tackler. That being said, Wheatley has some durability issues with his wrist, as he has had multiple surgeries. His size and strength will probably relegate him to nickel coverage, at least to start his career.

Wheatley is a solid pick that will start to fill a need at cornerback. Expect the Patriots to revisit the defensive backfield during round three, as there are multiple quality DB’s still available. Charles Godfrey, Dajuan Morgan, Reggie Smith, and Justin King are all still on the board. With two picks in the third round, expect one of them to be on another CB/S.

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