NFL Draft 2012: Best and worst team-to-player fits


When newly drafted players join their NFL teams this season, the coaches, system and competition each encounters will have a huge influence on how quickly they can make an impact. Here’s a look at the best and worst fits for players drafted in 2012. Note: this isn’t an assessment of good or bad picks, but rather an analysis of the best and worst marriages between player and team with regards to maximizing each player’s potential.

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New England Patriots reach to grab Illini Tavon Wilson in 2nd round

New England certainly needs help in their secondary. They have WRs playing DB for them that’s how short-handed they are. Remember Julian Edelman covering Anquan Boldin in the AFC Title game? Troy Brown actually played some defensive back too; even though he was a wide receiver by trade. And the Patriots legend fittingly announced this pick Tavon Wilson from the Illini, tonight in the 2nd round of the NFL draft.

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New England Patriots: most interesting team in 2012 NFL Draft?


Doesn’t it seem like the New England Patriots go out of their way EVERY season to trade down and acquire more picks? Every year, they’re a fun team to watch on draft day, because they always seem to end up with more picks than anyone else. In 2012, even more so, because they have four picks in the first two rounds.

And even though they were just one Wes Welker drop, or perhaps one inexplicable Tom Brady interception, away from winning the whole thing, they still have a ton of needs (as losing to the worst world champion in sports history taught us). First and foremost are DB, pass rushing in the front seven, depth at OT and OG, and maybe another running back.

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New England Patriots 2012 draft preview: breaking it down

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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