The fact is that ALL D's are behind the offenses at this point. It used to be that a 4000 yd season for a QB was a once in a decade event.....and in 2009 there were four or five guys with 4000+ seasons, The Polian rules and interpretations have emasculated defenses (IMHO), and its going to take a while, or some new rules/interpretations for the Defenses to catch up.
So while even Pats fans would admit that their D has has holes, so does EVERY ONE else.....including the Jets Go find a web site of a team that isn't looking to upgrade their pass rush.
IMHO the Pats are in good position, in the deepest draft in a decade. What they will do, is anyones guess. As a loyal Pats fan, who has followed the Pats draft closely during BB's tenure, I can safely say that the only thing we can predict, is that what we THINK will happen....usually won't happen. I'm thrilled with Sebastian Volmer, but I didn't see his name mentioned once associated with the Pats (or anyone else for that matter) in the run up to last year's draft.
Common wisdom would have the Pats picking the best OLB pass rusher prospect or the best 3-4 DE available with their first 2 picks. After that the best WR/TE (but not both) and then go with BPA after that.
1. (22) - Sergio Kindle - OLB - Texas
2 (44) - Jahvid Best - RB - California
2 (47) - Rob Gronkowski - TE - Arizona
2 (53) - Lamarr Houston DT/DE - Texas
4 (119) - Andre Roberts - WR - The Citadel
6 (190) - Joe Webb - WR - Alabama-Birmingham
6 (205) - Mike Kafka - QB - Northwestern
7 (229) - Kade Weston - DT/NT - Georgia
7 (231) - Charlie Tanner - OG - Texas
7 (247) - Aaron Berry - CB - Pittsburgh
7 (248) - Fendi Onobun - TE - Houston
7 (250) - Arthur Moats - OLB - James Madision
This is what Beerfish picked for the Pats in your mock. It has several picks I love and some I wouldn't take, but all in all it was good job.
I would most disagree with RB and TE picks that high. I just can't see it. Maybe if Mathews was there, but not for Best. Corey Wooten is the 2nd round DE that I was looking at. I'm not familiar with Houston.
I thought the Andre Roberts,. Mike Kafka, and Arthur Moats picks were excellent value picks, and very typical of the guys BB goes after late. (I'm not familiar with Onobun, Berry, tanner, and Web
I can see us moving up if Morgan slides a bit. BB still values an elite DE prospect over a good OLB prospect. Kindle is good, and I'll be happy to get him, but he's not an elite prospect. Morgan has a better shot at being "Richard Seymour" than Kindle has of being "Willie McGinest"
Bottom line: I would hope the Pats come away with 4 guys who can contribute right away in the rotation in 2010 and start in 2011. I'm also hoping that they trade at least 2 of those picks into 2011 or use them to move up to get specific players.
I DO NOT want to see them trade down to accumulate even more picks in this draft. IMHO there is room on the roster for about 5-6 rookies. I'd hate to see them pick a lot of guys who have no chance of making the Pats, even though they might be good enough to play in the NFL (like in 2007)