5 players Patriots should target in 2016 NFL Draft
3. Braxton Miller
Miller is another intriguing prospect who Pauline has connected with the Patriots’ pre-draft thought process.
Imagine how scary the Patriots’ offense would be with a player like Miller playing alongside Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Dion Lewis.
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Frankly, the Patriots’ offense suffered without a consistent playmaker not named Edelman or Amendola or Gronk. Brandon LaFell never fully shook the case of the dropsies that he debuted with in Week 7 against the New York Jets, and while Keshawn Martin is a solid player, he’s not exactly tearing defenses apart.
Miller would have plenty of desirable opportunities to display his open field running ability in such a loaded offense. The problem is, the Patriots just aren’t very good at drafting and grooming wide receivers.
Deion Branch and Julian Edelman are pretty much the only success Bill Belichick has experienced in the wide receiver drafting department. Most of the time, wideouts taken in the draft by the Patriots don’t pan out—just look at Bethel Johnson, Chad Jackson and Taylor Price.
But you can’t score if you don’t shoot. Who knows, maybe Miller is the next quarterback-turned-wideout to become a star, following in the footsteps of Edelman.
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