2006 New England Patriots Draft Preview
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Team Name: New England Patriots
2005 Record: (10-6) Made Playoffs
2006 Draft Order: (21st Pick)
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Cornerback: The Patriots needed to draft one in 2005 but passed. Now with Asante Samuel and Ellis Hobbs not being elite backs, and Tyrone Pool and Chad Scott getting older the time is now to use that first pick on an elite defender.
Linebacker: Matt Chatham and Willie McGinest and both gone. The rest of the line backing crew is old and none of the backups figure to be more than role players.
Wide Receiver: New England lost 3 of Tom Brady's targets in Tim Dwight (New York Jets), Andre' Davis (Buffalo Bills), and David Givens (Tennessee). The Patriots did sign Rechee Caldwell from the Chargers but drafting a wide receiver is a must.
New England has done very little in free agency and has a ton of holes to fill. In addition to the three areas we focused on above you can throw running back into the mix as well. Corey Dillion is starting to age as a running back and becoming brittle as him missing 4 games due to injury indicated in 2005. The backup Kevin Faulk is just a situational back and is also old.
They do have 4 day 1 picks and focusing on the linebacker, cornerback, wide receiver, and safety positions will be a must. If New England was able to draft an elite inside linebacker this would allow Chad Brown to move over to his natural outside linebacker position. This will allow for a little more flexibility for the Pats and their quest to return to elite status.
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