NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
With just nine days until the draft, we have reached the penultimate group in the Big Board Series. This one will cover one of the Patriots biggest needs in the draft, the pass rushers. As I have stated before, the Patriots tend to stay away from the one trick pony guys. They would rather sacrifice some production from a pass rushing standpoint to get a guy who is a little more versatile. This group will contain Linebackers and Defensive Ends from college and probably will be asked to play both as a member of the Patriots. The other group will be the off ball Linebackers. With the Patriots trading Jaimie Collins during the season, they team could use another athletic playmaker to pair up with Dont’a Hightower. They do have some guys who filled that role admirably last season, so it is not a pressing need, but one the Patriots could look towards the future and add a guy.