My 2011 NFL Draft Wishlist

Just so you know where I’m coming from.

Picks the Pats Have:

17, 28, 33, 60, 74, 90, and their 4, 5, and 6.

Picks I want them to use:

At least #17- the fourth round. Don’t really care if they want somebody in the last two or they trade them…

What I want in a perfect world:

If they make seven picks, just for example. I want three players distributed between defensive tackle, defensive end and pass rushing outside LB. Whoever works for Bill works for me so long as “whoever” isn’t a high second rounder at HB that gets released in four years and goes on a blunt ride in STL with his Glock 9mm. I also want two tackles and a guard. Not three offensive linemen of Dante’s choosing, not a bunch of sixth round fat tight ends who he turns into serviceable starters in a year and a half. Two tackles and a guard.

Why do I want these things?

For two reasons. First of all, the game is won and lost in the trenches and I was reminded of this in the most painful and lasting way imaginable on Sunday. Secondly, and this is particularly directed at the offensive line, competition isn’t just good. In the NFL it is vital. I don’t know if Logan Mankins is coming back, I hope he is. But whether he is or is not, there is nothing wrong with putting a talented group of guys together in camp and saying, “hey, show us who wants to play. We want to dominate the line of scrimmage, which five guys will do it?” (Oh, and I want Matt Light in a plastic bag at the bottom of Crocker Pond) Continue reading