May 29, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams (93) adjusts his helmet at the Minnesota Vikings OTA at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

If The New England Patriots Sign Kevin Williams

Earlier in free agency, the New England Patriots were tied to former Vikings’ DT Kevin Williams. After months on the open market, the 33 year old lineman told the Patriots to ‘look me up’, which the Patriots did earlier this week. If the Patriots decide that they will sign Williams to a contract, it will make drafting Dominique Easley in the 1st of this year’s draft basically pointless. Easley was drafted to be a line pusher, and to be depth behind Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly, both of whom are getting up there in years and are coming off significant injuries.

Drafting Easley in the 1st is a problem because he’s another recovering injured player being added to a position full of recovering injured players. A first round rookie should not be coming off of 2 ACL surgeries in under 3 years. I understand that the Seahawks had their eye on Easley and when the Patriots took him at 29 they didn’t know what to do. While that is pretty cute and all, it was a bad decision on its own. If the Patriots decide to sign Williams to a contract, it could spell the end for someone like Armond Armstead or Jake Bequette (mainly because we should assume Bequette will be cut anyway). It would also mean that Easley will be pushed further down the depth chart since he’s rehabbing his 2nd ACL surgery right now. I’ve heard the term “damaged goods” being thrown a lot by Patriots fans, and while I love what Easley can do while he’s on the field, the team doesn’t need a defensive version of Gronk.

Williams was a staple on Minnesota’s D-line, has played all 16 games 8 times in his career, and has never played less than 14 games since entering the league. If signed, he’ll be ready to go, and we all know the best kind of ability is availability.

If Williams is signed and makes the team, it will make Easley a waste of a first round pick for 1 huge reason: What’s going on at tight end. When I was watching the draft and saw that the Patriots pick was in and they didn’t trade it, I was thinking “yes, they’ll get a Tight End right now and be done with it”, but nope. Instead I watched on day 2 as all the tight ends went off the board, and rather than picking someone to help Brady, we get his replacement. This was the year that the Patriots should have traded back; they could have traded with the Vikings or another team and got an early 2nd and another round pick. That 2nd round pick could have be used to get someone like Troy Niklas or ASJ (the Patriots had little interest in Amaro even though I wanted him more than any other TE), and they still could have picked up Garoppolo.

I don’t know what’s going to happen with the roster, where they’ll go with TE or if they’ll bolster the DL with Williams.

In Bill we trust…I guess.

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  • Mattia Rizzo

    Hilarious when they traded with Houston and the latter drafted Fiedorowicz, last viable TE for me… I agree with you except for Amaro, I want a TE that can block, running game is life if you wanna win a SB.

  • Mopus

    From what I gather, the Patriots had interest in ASJ, and to a lesser extend Niklas. After that, they didn’t really care about any other TE. As for blocking TE, Amaro can block when asked, he was just rarely called upon to do so. ASJ was less willing of a blocker.

  • Ken

    If there’s one thing the Seahawks have made very clear, it’s that you can never have enough defensive linemen. I’d love it if we signed Williams, the guy can still play and wants to win. I’m not confident Tommy Kelly makes the team, coming off a torn ACL and restructuring his contract so we save money if we cut him. But hey if they are all healthy that’s great, competition is a good thing. And Easley has the ability to kick out to DE on 1st and 2nd downs to spell Jones and Nink. Having too many quality defensive linemen would be a great problem to have this year, especially after last year.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Depth along the front is one of the most important things you can have in this league. The Pats could have used it last season.

  • Paul V. Suffriti

    I’m not sure the Pats want to feature a two headed monster as much as they want to use the other weapons available, Dobson. Edelman, Amendola,Lafell, Vereen, and the surprise WR to emerge from camp. They really need a very good blocking TE to establish a top running attack. BB did the right thing by picking a possible elite defensive player in Easley. Brady will be alright with the weapons he has to work with (see last year). The defense needs to pressure the QB on almost every play and drafting Easley was smart…signing Williams can only be a plus…it will give the over thirty D-line players a breathier while the pressure remains constant on the QB….I’m all for Williams competing for a spot on the roster…hope they sign him.

    • Cyrus Geller

      Assuming it is for a small amount of money, I agree. The real strength of this defense will be the secondary, so any added skill BB can find elsewhere is sort of like a bonus. With that said, having Easley in the fold really brings up the talent of the front four.

  • bob shannon

    Personally, Brady wants to play until he’s forty, he’s not going to do it without a top five defense. I would have drafted a top safety with my first pick. Then a running back and a wideout for my first three picks. DE’s & DT’s were plentiful in round four. I liked round six and seven to fill in some spots, but the top five defense is where the Pats need to be. The offense will be ok as long as the don’t turn the ball over. Let the defense win the game for you and allow the running backs to manage the clock. Ten Years and counting BB..

    • Cyrus Geller

      Adding Dominique Easley really helps out that defense. Yes, he has injury problems, but if healthy, he will help elevate the Pats pass rush to an elite level.

  • bob shannon

    One other thing sign Kevin Williams and if the Law Firm becomes available sign him too. Cut that other guy Ridley who can’t hold onto the ball. I’m out.