FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 12: Vince Wilfork 75 of the New England Patriots watches the action from the sidelines during the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium on August 12, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
At 31 years old Vince Wilfork has worn some of the tread off his tires, and though the New England Patriots have solid depth at defensive line, outside of Wilfork they could use some upgrades.
Kyle Love and Brandon Deaderick are solid players, but the draft offers some intriguing options that could help upgrade the Patriots at defensive tackle and end.
The two gap system the Patriots employ generally requires tall and lengthy players who can shed blocks while defending their gap responsibilities.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the 2013 draft isn’t a good one for quarterbacks, but if you’re looking for defensive linemen, you’ve come to the right place. Howe writes:
‘The chance to pair Wilfork with a similar attacker would instantly improve the Pats’ front. A violent defensive pairing would be helpful, but the opportunity to use more of a rotation, limit Wilfork’s reps to save his long-term endurance and, ideally, not suffer too much of a drop-off would be a luxury. This draft has those answers, and the starting-level interior talent stretches further than the class of edge rushers.’