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Another Look at Some Draft Needs for the Pats

ESPN breaks down the latest needs in the AFC East with the draft just over a week away, and Gary Horton of Scouts. Inc. has some thoughts on the Pats and what they need.

ESPN Insider subscribers can thumb through Scouts. Inc. founder Gary Horton’s files on AFC East teams entering next week’s draft.

Horton uses his 20 years as a talent evaluator in college and the NFL to break down what he sees as strengths and weaknesses for each club. There are two sets of analyses: team overviews and team draft needs with explanations.

Here are some highlights (aside from reprising my Lurch impersonation in a former “Caption this” photo) from each piece:

Intelligence is a prerequisite for Bill Belichick’s defensive players because he needs to change his schemes often to mask deficiencies, particularly when it comes to pass rush.

The third-biggest need in Horton’s mind is finding an athletic replacement for left tackle Matt Light.


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