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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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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    Yes, life is a lot easier for Brady when Gronk is on the field. Teams have to give Gronk additional attention, he’s a monster over the middle, which opens things up for other receivers. Pats would do well if they addressed the TE position (one of the top 4 TEs) in the draft. Brady needs two top TEs to maximize the effectiveness of the offense. Pats may draft a TE early on then draft another one in the later rounds…or through UDFA.

    • Cyrus Geller


  • Willy

    The problem with the TE’s this year is there is only 1 that clearly has a 1st round grade & that’s Ebron, who is expected to go within the top 10-12 picks. So with that the Pats would have to move up to acquire a player that really isnt worthy of giving up extra picks for. IMO they will get a TE but it may not be til the 2nd or 3rd, maybe even the 4th round. I’m fine with anyone of; Austin Seferian-Jenkins,Troy Niklas or CJ Fiedorowicz. If the Pats pick a WR in the 2nd round, they may lean toward using more WR’s going forward & less TE’s, we’ll see.

    • Cyrus Geller

      I like Amaro. I think he is first round material.