After a productive Day 1 that saw the Patriots get much younger on the defensive side of the ball, Patriot fans are salivating looking at the four third round draft picks to start off Day 2.
The Patriots have the following draft picks on Sunady: 73, 83, 89, 97*, 170*, 207*, 234*. (*-compensatory picks can’t be traded)
One problem is that the Patriots would have a problem fitting 8 rookies onto their active roster, which is sitting pretty good already. Therefore, look for some packaging of picks to move up in the 2009 Draft, or to move some picks to 2010.
Here are the top four priorities that I feel the Patriots need to address on Day 2 of the NFL Draft.
1. Stock up for 2010 – The Patriots need to get an extra 2nd Rounder with one of their 3rd Round draft picks. I can’t imagine a Patriots draft without having additional picks somewhere.
2. Address DE/OLB – There are still many good 5-technique DE’s out there, and even a few conversion guys. Everette Pedescleaux and Jarron Gilbert head up the DE’s left, while the Patriots will have to search around for some OLB talent – Perhaps Julius Peppers? Nah…
3. Upgrade WR depth – Juaquin Iglesias, Johnny Knox, Mike Thomas, Brandon Tate and Louis Murphy are all receivers that could compete for a roster spot.
4. Number 3 QB – Rhett Bomar and Stephen McGee are both signal callers that would compete for the emergency QB spot. Good QB’s provide value later in their careers as well, a la Matt Cassel.