The Pats have No. 33, today’s first pick, with two other second rounders and two third rounders to follow.
New England addressed its protection issues in round one (as I suspected), so Nate is still waiting on his Clay Matthews–type linebacker. So what will Belichick do today? (Don’t worry, Nate, I’m wearing a Patriots T-shirt as I write this.)
D-line is another area of need. (DE Mike Wright led the Pats lineman in sacks with 5.5. Eleven-year veteran DT Gerard Warren was second with 3.5.) DE Da’Quan Bowers and DT Marvin Austin are still on the board.
As are LBs Akeem Ayers and Brooks Reed.
But after yesterday’s bizarre QB run, the Washington Redskins must be chewing their fingernails over whether TCU QB Andy Dalton will be chosen by the Bills with the 34th pick or by the Bengals with the 35th pick. If Dalton is gone at 34, might Ryan Mallett follow? That would put a lot of pressure on Arizona to use No. 38 on Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick. And that would leave the Skins without a chair when the rookie-QB music stops.
Looks to me like No. 33 could easily be parlayed into a 2012 first-rounder, plus a 2011 sweetener.