Originally written on Patriots Life  |  Last updated 11/13/14
Adam Schefter says that at least half of the teams in the first half of the first round want to trade down and two teams including the Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons are willing to move up. I make this point to tell you to not waste your time listening to the "experts" about which player NFL teams will draft. When it comes to being outside the first few picks, it is nearly impossible to tell who will be drafted and where. So instead of Kiper or McShay's big boards, just let me tell you the areas of need for the Patriots and a few of the top prospects. My number one need for the Patriots will obviously focus on defense and, more specifically, the coverage linebacker. As far as this draft goes, the general consensus is that this draft-class is thin at a lot of positions, but packed-full of good, solid linebackers. The Patriots defense has been in need of a coverage linebacker since Teddy Bruschi left. A team with a sub-par tight end can shred the Patriots all the way down the...
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