By Chris Warner
Today we preview potential Pats picks for defensive linemen, one of the team’s biggest areas of need (emphasis on “biggest”).
While New England boasts human doorstops Vince Wilfork and Kyle Love, the team has had a difficult time tracking down a long-term solution for a third upfront defender. Veterans like Gerard Warren have filled in well, but the Pats need a young run-stopper who can occupy blockers and provide consistent pressure.
The Patriots have two picks in the first round (27 and 31 overall), two in the second (48, 62), one in the third (93) and one in the fourth (126). They traded away their fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks.
DAY ONE (Round One)
Overview: Some strong talent at the top here, opening up the possibility of a major rookie contributor making his way to Foxboro.
Michael Brockers, LSU (6-6, 322). Though Brockers’ combine events don’t necessarily jump at you, his size and technique have called to mind none other than former Patriot All-Pro li...