Post-Draft Review: New England Patriots
Devin McCourty (Rutgers Athletics)
Devin McCourty (Rutgers Athletics)
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted May 13, 2010


The Patriots were able to address various needs from both sides of the ball with their 12 selections in April's NFL Draft. However, a few more needs remain.

Pre-Draft Needs: WR, TE, OLB
 

Players Added

Round 1-Devin McCourty/CB - Cornerback wasn't a position of need, but McCourty's versatility probably became an attraction for New England. They now are really deep at the position.


Round 2-Rob Gronkowski/TE - Had he not had a low medical grade (back), Gronkowski probably would have been a first-round pick. He's easily one of the best tight end prospects available for the draft in the past few seasons.


Round 2-Jermaine Cunningham/LB - He should be able to make the successful transition from playing standing up at the collegiate level. Cunningham has a legitimate shot to start as a rookie.


Round 2-Brandon Spikes/LB - While he's known as a two-down linebacker, Spikes should be able to challenge for a starting job this season against ILB Gary Guyton.


Round 3-Taylor Price/WR - New England really needed to add one or two talented receivers in this draft. They added one with Price, who should have a chance to get into the top 4-5 of the rotation at this position.


Round 4-Aaron Hernandez/TE - Had he not had an off-the-field issue, Hernandez would have been selected in the second round. He'll give New England badly needed athleticism at this position.


Round 5-Zoltan Mesko/P - Mesko was the best available punter for this year's draft. He'll compete for the starting job against fellow undrafted free agent David King.


Round 6-Ted Larsen/C - Starting C Dan Koppen's contract expires after the 2011 season, so Larsen could have a chance to start down the line. This season, he'll compete for a job as Koppen's backup.


Round 7-Thomas Welch/OT - Welch could help his cause to make the final roster coming out of the preseason because he can play right or left tackle.


Round 7-Brandon Deaderick/DE - New England could probably have used one more developmental defensive end, so Deaderick fills that bill.


Round 7-Kade Weston/DL - The developmental defensive lineman figures to land a spot on New England's practice squad this season.


Round 7-Zac Robinson/QB - Robinson will compete for the No. 3 quarterback role this season.


Post-Draft Needs

Wide Receiver - Despite adding Price, New England probably needs to add one more developmental receiver. That position was a major weakness last season.
 

Outside Linebacker - The Patriots have no proven pass rushers left on their roster, so they probably need to add at least one to two more of them.



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