Found April 19, 2013 on
The Patriots have one of the best groups of linebackers in the NFL, but they do still have a need at the position. Jerod Mayo had finished third in the league in total tackles (147) and was selected to his second Pro Bowl in 2012. Brandon Spikes had something of a breakout season with a career-high 92 tackles and quickly asserted himself as a force against the run. Then there was rookie first-round pick Dont’a Hightower, who totaled 60 tackles and six tackles for loss in 14 games and just continued to improve as the season went on. The trio played a big role in the Patriots’ defense allowing just 3.9 yards per rush on the season, which ranked sixth best in the NFL. But while they helped establish a prominent run defense, the group of linebackers also contributed to the NFL’s fourth-worst pass defense. So, while the Patriots have a group of very talented and capable linebackers, they could definitely use some help in coverage. There are a few quick, athletic linebackers in this year’...

NFL Draft Notes: Dolphins, Browns, Jets, Cardinals

Dolphins Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland isn’t “isn’t totally in love” with the idea of drafting Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson, even at No. 12 overall. Ireland reportedly “likes” Johnson, but has questions regarding his overall game. Ireland also sees some concerns as to how Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes would fit into their...
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