Last week, a discussion amongst the readers of Musket Fire ensued about whether the Patriots should try and trade for Broncos WR Brandon Marshall. After both sides were heard, readers got to vote in a poll about whether the Pats should try to make the trade. By a large majority, Musket Fire readers would like to see Marshall in Patriot blue. The final results were 63% in favor of trading for Marshall, 37% opposed. Brandon Marshall’s remarkable talent seems to overshadow any concerns fans may have about his attitude or commitment to the team. Wide receiver is a major need for the Pats, and if they cannot fins what they are looking for in the draft, they may very well make a play for a veteran receiver, and with Marshall having experience in the Patriots’ system playing under Josh McDaniels, he does make sense. I’m not sure, with locker room dynamics being such a focal point this offseason, that the Patriots will pull the trigger, but they’ve taken chances before.
The last time Tom Brady had very little to throw to in the receiving corps, the Patriots traded for Wes Welker and Randy Moss. One other possibility that would send tremors through the NFL would be if the Pats drafted Dez Bryant, should he free fall due to off-field issues. They brought in Bryant last week for a visit, and if they feel comfortable with his off-field issues, don’t be surprised to see the Pats draft him if he’s sitting there at #22. One thing that can be exciting and frustrating at times with the Pats is that you never know what they’re going to do on draft day. Be it trading for veteran players, moving back in the draft, or accumulating picks for next year, there’s always some movement. With a plethora of 2nd round picks and an extra first in next year’s draft, I expect there to be some movement come draft day. Add to that the fact that Round Two is the night after Round One, there will likely be more trades as teams reset their draft boards. This could very well be the most exciting drafts in years.