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Looking back and ahead

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  April 29, 2011 04:06 PM

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Some picked up pieces last night and today about the Patriots in the first round:

  • The Patriots had a lot of conversations with teams about moving up in the draft but it didn’t pan out. It’s not known who they were targeting, though Missouri LB Aldon Smith was high on their board and would have been a consideration but he went higher (7th to 49ers) than most imagined. Team might have given thought to moving up to get eventual pick Nate Solder.

  • From what I gathered, North Carolina OLB Robert Quinn was not cleared by the Patriots medically. He had a benign brain tumor in high school and some teams did not clear him.

  • As much as NFL people thought Cal DE Cameron Jordan was a perfect fit for the Patriots’ scheme, it does not appear as though the team thought the same. They viewed Jordan as an optimal 4-3 end though he could fit in any scheme.

  • Same goes for Purdue’s Ryan Kerrigan.

  • The rookie wage scale, now or in the future, did not factor into the Patriots’ strategy.

And looking ahead to tonight’s 2-3 rounds when the Patriots have five picks:

  • Running backs are high on the Patriots’ list today. There’s a bunch of them that are grouped together. Ryan Williams, Mikel LeShoure, DeMarco Murray and Kendall Hunter are optimal fits for the Patriots’ profile but 6-1 Daniel Thomas is an intriguing athlete.

  • Besides Von Miller, none of the linebackers have gone yet. Jabaal Sheard, Justin Houston, Akeem Ayers, Martez Wilson and Brooks Reed all fit the Patriots’ profile at outside linebacker.

  • The Patriots did not view the 5-technique players taken at the tail end of the first round – Cameron Heyward and Muhammad Wilkerson as much different than the players still available: Allen Bailey, Terrell McClain, Marvin Austin (big character risk), Jarvis Jenkins, Lawrence Guy and Kenrick Ellis, among others.

  • If the Patriots are going to trade out of 33 for a 2012 first rounder, the most likely candidates are the Raiders and Redskins to jump the Bills and Bengals for Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick and/or Ryan Mallet.

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