The Patriots had back-to-back picks in the third round (89 and 90 overall). They traded their pick at #89 overall for the Carolina Panthers‘ second round pick in 2011. The Patriots are once again stacked during next year’s draft, as they now have 2 first-round picks (theirs and Oakland’s from the Seymour trade) and now 2 second-round picks. That’s a pretty good trade and the type Bill Belichick loves to make. Adam Schefter from ESPN tweeted the following: Today the Patriots have made four picks, four trades and came away with an extra 2 next year. Nobody works draft board better.
At the 90th selection, the Patriots went offense and selected WR Taylor Price from Miami-Ohio. Price has 4.4 speed and is 6 feet, tall, bringing together some freakish athleticism and good hands. The biggest concern with Price is the fact that he doesn’t always run the crispest routes and cannot always disguise the routes he’s running. Here’s NFL.com’s take on Price:
“Price has rare speed for a bigger receiver and has garnered a lot of attention as his senior season progressed. He is explosive off the line and breaks down the cushion on defenders before they know it. He can avoid the press and shows the ability to get in and out of his breaks with the kind of burst that separates from even the best of cover corners. He makes acrobatic catches and looks very comfortable when reaching out to pluck the ball away from his body. He still needs some work on setting defenders up and selling fakes, but there is a lot to work with on this guy, and some team is apt to take him earlier than the public expects.”