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Sports Illustrated's Don Banks Talks Patriots Draft Strategy

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The NFL draft is approaching, which means analysis from around the country is still going strong. Here, Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks talks about what the Pats may do in the first round come Thursday.

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Banks says that he thinks the Patriots will attempt to address the defensive line early in the draft. I agree, given that it is a position of need for New England, but I personally think that looking at drafting a tight end should be equally as important for Bill Belichick and company.

Rob Gronkowski will hopefully be back for week one, but there is nobody behind him that is effective in the passing game. Tom Brady’s aerial attack was at its best when he had two tight ends that could take advantage of mismatches in the middle, particularly in the red zone.

I am not saying that New England should completely neglect the need for help along the defensive line, but rather make sure they add talent to the tight end position as well.

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