Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College
One of the most glaring needs for the Patriots in the draft will be to draft a talented player on the edge. Last season, getting pressure on the quarterback was an issue, and that issue was really shown with Dont’a Hightower being out for most of the season.
The Patriots will certainly be happy to have Hightower back, but they still need to add depth on the edge. Hightower has a lot of versatility, but the Patriots might need him to be on the inside rather than on the edge. With that being said, getting help on the edge is needed.
One of the options for the Patriots will be Harold Landry from Boston College. Landry had a huge junior season at Boston College, as he totaled 16.5 sacks. Landry decided to return for his senior season, but it wasn’t nearly as good as the season before. Largely due to injuries, Landry was only able to total 5.0 sacks in eight games.
Even though his final season in college was a letdown, Landry is still a top prospect at the position. Adding a player on the edge will be important for New England, and they very well could use the 23rd overall pick to address it.