Patriots: biggest players in NFL Draft’s 2nd round

patriots logoBy Paul M. Banks

It’s hard to believe that a NFL playoff team from last season has so many holes to fill this draft. It’s even more unfathomable when considering the same team finished 2007 as the only 16-0 team in NFL history. Yet they have many needs (3-4 DE/LB, WR, TE, RB, OL) to fill just three years later.

Time to start rebuilding the New England Patriots, who possess 12 selections in the 2010 NFL Draft, including four of the first 53. New England was awarded four compensatory selections with one in the sixth round and three in the seventh round. The Pats are without a third-round pick due to a trade with Oakland for LB Derrick Burgess.

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Corey Dillon hits a rough patch in life

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Woes for Patriots RBs (past or present) carrying over to off-the-field now

By Paul M. Banks

It was a very bad year to be a New England Patriots running back last season. The Pats’ “starter” Laurence Maroney (a 2006 1st-rounder out of Minnesota) was benched and presumable sent to Siberia after fumbling near the goal line the Jaguars. They may need to find a new man to carry the rock in the 2010 NFL Draft, which begins tomorrow night. And adversity is now spilling over to off-the-field, and affecting retired Patriots running backs.


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