Don’t ask Willie McGinest who the Patriots might pick at No. 29 tonight in the NFL draft. He readily admits he has no idea.
The former top Patriots draft pick (No. 4 overall in 1994) and New England’s first draft pick under Robert Kraft’s ownership, didn’t want to speculate on who the Patriots might select. But he did zero in on what positions the team should target.
“That’s tough. I think DB was one, I think they did that in the offseason bringing in [Darrell] Revis and [Brandon] Browner,” McGinest said. “We’re a little light because of injury, what happened with [Tommy] Kelly, and Vince [Wilfork], those guys — [Jerod] Mayo. I think it’s important to have that building block at the front seven. So I think if you’re going to find somebody, you’re gonna need that impact player at rush end or DT.
“Our issue is if you’ve got Chandler Jones going, if you got [Rob] Ninkovich going, you’re going to probably need somebody inside too as well, to press the pocket and cause havoc inside,” McGinest continued. “We’ve seen what the one-man show with the Texans can do, J.J. Watt. Just think if he had somebody on the outside on a consistent basis with him, causing havoc.”
And McGinest threw his hat into the wide receiver camp.
“All the Patriots fans always want a big-time receiver so Tom Brady can throw the ball for 5,000 yards and make big plays down the field,” he said. “I think they have a good core group of guys, young guys. I just don’t think there’s that super No. 1 guy yet on the team. You got [Rob Gronkowski] when he’s healthy. I guess he’s the No. 1 guy when he’s healthy, but not at receiver.”