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Patriots Draft Analysis: Last 3 Rounds

With the 170th pick in the draft, the Patriots chose George Bussey out of Louisville University. Bussey is an undersized tackle at 6-3 and the Patriots will likely move him to guard. Bussey is very tough and durable, starting all fours years at Louisville and will always finish his blocks. Also a plus, Bussey played in a very pro-style offense at Louisville, so his transition to the Patriots should be smoother than most. Look for him to get some work in on the practice squad but he could very easily be called up if someone along the line suffers an injury. Remember that almost all Patriots offensive linemen become free agents at the end of the 2009 season.

Interestingly enough, the Patriots selected long-snapper Jake Ingram out of Hawaii University. Ingram was the consensus #1 long-snapper in the draft this year but I was a little puzzled by this pick as the Pats picked up free agent Nathan Hodel out of Arizona during the off season. Despite this acquisition, look for these two to battle it out in camp for a spot on the team.

With their next pick, the Patriots chose nose tackle Myron Pryor out of Kentucky. Pryor is a GREAT nose tackle but this makes me very nervous that in drafting him and Brace, the Patriots are not looking to bring back Vince Wilfork. I am all for bringing in young talent, but Wilfork is the absolute rock of the 3 man defensive line and trying to plug this whole with a rookie might not be the best solution. I do not want to take away from Pryor, he should do very well and could possibly even beat out Brace for the #2 nose tackle position on the team.

At pick 232, the Pats could have stolen Kent State’s Julian Edelman. Edelman was a quarterback for Kent State, but will probably switch to wide receiver, or a back to initiate the wildcat for the Pats. With the departure of Ellis Hobbs, also look for Edelman to return kicks. Edelman will have a lot of roles on the team but it will take some time for him to become comfortable in the Patriots system. I am actually overwhelmed this year with the ludicrous amount of offensive weapons the Patriots have (read: yes, they have more than 2 years ago) and because of this, the coaching staff will work very hard to work the versatile Edelman into the lineup.

Finally, with the last pick in the 7th round, the Patriots chose defensive lineman Darryl Richard out of Georgia Tech. I feel that Richard will be used as a defensive end, and I really like this because of the lack of depth at DE for the Patriots. Richard is very hard-working and heady (very characteristic of a New England draft pick) and even has the ability to take on double teams from offensive linemen. Because this is his first year, look for Richard to get his time on the practice squad, and eventually move into the game day lineup in future years.

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