The First Shot

Good morning! Welcome to a new daily feature here at Musket Fire. The First Shot will provide you with a healthy helping of links to the top Patriots-related stories around the internet to get your day started. Enjoy your breakfast, your morning coffee, put off your morning’s work (just keep an eye out for the boss), and get your early morning football fix. The links begin after the jump…

As for the running backs taken, let’s look at the draft process. Four outside linebacker candidates were off the board before the Patriots took Nate Solder. Seven potential five-technique defensive ends were gone by the time the first pick in the second round came around. In total, 13 players for either spot were gone by time they selected Shane Vereen. While I could see a case for Dontay Moch or Justin Houston late in the second round because of their pass-rush credentials, Belichick might be looking to free agency for his pass rusher.



Topics: 2011 NFL Draft, New England Patriots, NFL, Patriots Draft Picks, Ryan Mallet, Shane Vereen, Tom Brady

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