For the next ten days, until the 2011 NFL Draft is upon us, we’ll be going over ten positions that the Patriots might look at. We’ll give you who the Patriots should choose early, late (snooze), or not at all (refuse).
Chime in with your choices in the comments section.
Choose: Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
If the Patriots are in the market for a physical corner that also has some safety ability, than Dowling is their guy. He is a great tackler that is also adept at re-routing receivers at the line of scrimmage. He’ll thrive playing man, but can also play zone.
Durability is Dowling’s main concern, although he does tend to gamble at times. After the middle of the 2nd round, Dowling would provide some great value.
Snooze: Curtis Marsh, Utah State
Marsh has only played cornerback for two seasons, and is still learning the nuances of the position. He has flashed some great talent though, showing off some fluidity and physicality at the line.
A fourth or fifth round pick on Marsh would not be a waste.
Refuse: Curtis Brown, Texas
Put succinctly, Brown is a soft player. He is a poor tackler that excels in off coverage, not being able to effectively jam receivers at the line. This is not the type of corner that the Patriots need to start targeting again.
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