NEPD Editor: James Christensen
A team that finished the 2011 NFL Season with a Super Bowl loss obviously doesn’t have needs in the sense that some teams have. That isn’t to say that the Patriots roster can’t be improved on.
In this open thread, we’ll discuss what is THEE biggest need for the Patriots on draft day.
In my opinion, there is one thing separating the Patriots team from their goal of winning a fourth Lombardi trophy – a devastating defensive lineman.
A lineman of Fletcher Cox’s caliber makes every single player around him better. Fellow defenisve linemen suddenly are free of double teams. The linebackers are that much cleaner due to the extra attention paid to the line. The corners have a half second less of coverage responsibility. Safeties don’t see tight ends go out, because they are chipping on the DE.
If the Patriots can improve the defense at all three levels with just one pick, I think the cost of trading up is worth it.
If New England could only address one need in the 2012 NFL Draft, which position should they draft?