Patriot Pre-Draft Needs Analysis: Wide Receiver

The Patriots receivers have dominated the NFL for two years under two great quarterbacks. While the loss of Jabar Gaffney will hurt, the nucleus of the corps is coming back for more. With Tom Brady returning, look for good production out of these players:

Randy Moss
Can only stand to benefit from the addition of Joey G and the return of Tom Brady.

Wes Welker
World Wide Wes is the cog that makes this iteration of the Patriots offense turn. He doesn’t allow teams.

Joey Galloway

The speedy veteran will hopefully be rejuvenated by the talent around him, as so many have been when they play in the Patriots offense.

Greg Lewis

The former Eagle will be looked at to stretch the field and create space for Wes Welker in four wide situations.

Sam Aiken
Was used as a #5 receiver in 2008 and will continue to be used there and on special teams.

Matthew Slater

Didn’t contribute much to the offense in 2008, but was an important part on special teams.

The following WR prospects have been contacted or worked out by the Patriots:
WR Juaquin Iglesias
WR Aaron Kelly
WR Johnny Knox
WR Mohamed Massaquoi
WR Derrick Williams

Draft Analysis: While the Patriots are relatively set at the position, don’t expect Bill Belichick to pass over a good value if someone like Jeremy Maclin or Michael Crabtree somehow fell to the Patriots. Also look for a second day prospect to be picked if one of their targets is available.

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One Response to “Patriot Pre-Draft Needs Analysis: Wide Receiver”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Maclin would be ungodly.

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