2010 Patriots Needs: Defensive Line

2010 Starter Need: High
2010 Depth Need: Low/Medium
2009 Unit Grade: B

Vince Wilfork
Signed Through: 2015
2009 Grade: B+

Ty Warren
Signed Through: 2013 ($5.5m, 5.7m, 6.3m, 5.8m)
2009 Grade: C+

Mike Wright
Signed Through: 2012 ($1.7m, 1.8m, 1.7m)
2009 Grade: B

Jarvis Green
Signed Through: UFA
2009 Grade: C

Myron Pryor
Signed Through: 2012 ($422k, 507k, 592k)
2009 Grade: B

Ron Brace
Signed Through: 2012 ($962, 1.15m, 1.34m)
2009 Grade: D

Darryl Richard
Signed Through: 2012 ($320k, 395k, 470k)
2009 Grade: I

The Patriots defensive line, once the stalwart of Super Bowl champions, seemed to be missing something in 2009. The Patriots received little if any pass-rush from their starting defensive ends, getting the best pass rush from backup Mike Wright.

Run stopping was decent, but Vince Wilfork injuries hampered his ability to anchor and fend off two or three blockers. Ron Brace showed some promise as a 2-gap defender, but Myron Pryor easily out-played him. Pryor is also better suited to play in a one-gap scheme if the Patriots make that transition.

Look for the Patriots to bring in one or two versatile defenders to get the d-line back into form.

2010 NFL Draft Potential Targets: Everson Griffen, Corey Wootten, Alex Carrington, Carlos Dunlap, Dan Williams, Terrence Cody

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2 Responses to “2010 Patriots Needs: Defensive Line”

  1. Anonymous says:

    That defense was a joke last year. The super bowls they won in the past was won with good defense along with Brady’s arm. At times last year that defense just played horrible. Seems the Jets are making all the right moves in the off season. Good coaching from Rex.

  2. Anonymous says:

    FYI – I heard they are flying Te’o-Nesheim out for more interviews this week.

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