Nov 16, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders tight end Jace Amaro (22) catches a touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Baylor Bears at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Jace Amaro, Or Louis Nix III?

Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive lineman Louis Nix III (1) warms up prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Now that the Patriots are finished making big moves in free agency (or so we think), it is now time to turn our full attention to the draft. New England still has a few big holes in their roster, but I think they can be filled easily if they draft correctly this May.

The big question is, if both are available, should the Pats draft tight end Jace Amaro, or defensive tackle Louis Nix III.

In terms of pure talent, I think Amaro has the edge over Nix. He has the size and athleticism to become a star in this league, and he has the production to back it up. Nix on the other hand, is a pure run stopper. He doesn’t bring much in the passing game, and while the Pats may not need that, it would be hard to use a first round pick on a two down player.

It may come down to which position the Pats feel is the most vulnerable, and if Vince Wilfork is cut, then the interior of the defensive line is definitely the weaker of the two positions.

Obviously this decision isn’t up to us, and we will see what Bill Belichick and company decide to do, come draft day.

What do you think New England should do in this year’s draft? Comment with who you think they should select.

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    Louis Nix III will most likely be taken before the Pats make their pick. Pats will not trade up to get him. Amaro has the better chance to still be on the board when they pick….take Amaro and create a nightmare for the opposing defense with Gronk lining up opposite him. Amaro can line up anywhere and create a mismatch.

    • Cyrus Geller

      I agree, but the middle of that defense still would need help. Have to upgrade that area if Wilfork is released.

  • Cataclysm Bitb

    If anything I would like to Pats to trade up to get two 1st round picks like they did two years ago. Get Amaro, Nix and/or Hageman. Then we would only need a Guard/Center to fix the O-line. And a LB and SS for depth.

    • Cyrus Geller

      That could be an option, but I don’t think BB would do that again for these two players. That would be a great infusion of talent if BB decided to do it though.

  • Mattia Rizzo

    No easy answers. The DT class is deep enough to find good value in the second or third round (the question would rather be the value at nose tackle), still I’m not in love with the idea of picking Amaro. There’s different reasons for that, first of all I think they need an all-around TE because Gronk clearly can’t stay healthy. Secondly because maybe they can find a gem in really late rounds like Jake Murphy (I can obviously be wrong with this guy but you got the point). Last but not least because drafting Amaro could really mean using the first round pick when thinking at all the needs the team has (NT/DT, SS, CB depth, LB depth, 1 or 2 TEs, C, G, maybe WR), I would rather play it safe and trade down. To tell you the truth I’m not completely sure I would stay still and draft Nix if available, but I’d rather use the pick on him than on Amaro.

    P.s.: CB-depth is for a good reason, Revis is just rented for now and Browner is slow and we don’t really know how dependable he can be at this point.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Always can use CB depth. BB will probably go after a few defensive backs come May.