The New England Patriots should target a deep threat in the first round in the NFL Draft which hasn’t happen for this team since 1996, when they took Terry Glen from Ohio State, number 7 over all. It doesn’t matter if New England resigns Wes Welker or not, because either way they need to draft a big, tall, strong, deep threat Wide Receiver in this year’s draft. New England has not had a legit deep threat since the Randy Moss days. They need a play making, deep threat that can take the top off defenses. The Ravens took away the Patriots short passes, forcing New England to try to go deep, and they could not. If the Patriots get a deep threat then the only way to slow down New England’s offense would be to sack QB Tom Brady. A deep threat would help tremendously this offense which has bogged out in the last two AFC Championship Games, and last year Superbowl, and help New England beat physical style defenses.
This year’s WR Draft is deep, and I really like this year’s class when it comes to deep threats. There are 3 strong first round WR threats, and one of them is even projected not to go till the second round. One guy New England could get is Keenan Allen from Cal. The routes he ran in College was NFL style routes. He was running a lot of screens too, which puts you in the mind of what the Patriots do a lot of, so he fits the Patriots style. He showed to be able to go up in jump ball throws and make the catch, good hands, and good speed for a big wide out. Allen is Pro ready but he might not be their for the New England Patriots since the Browns, Rams, and Jets all might target the wide out. Some rankings have Allen as the number 12 over all prospect in this year’s draft. If he was to fall to the Patriots though, what a pick up for the New England.
Just because the draft experts have players ranked as the best over all in their position doesn’t mean they are going to go first, the player they have ranked 5th best could go first, usually NFL teams see players differently from NFL draft experts. Now, I can’t truly believe that WR Justin Hunter is the 65th overall best player, and the 10th best WR. Justin Hunter is 6’4, 200 pounds, projected to go in the second or third round. That is insanity because your talking about a massive WR who is an absolute stud at wide out. I think playing for Tennessee, a team who struggled in all phases on offense probably hurt him in the eyes of the draft experts, but that wasn’t Hunter’s fault by any means, I’m a huge SEC fan, and watched Hunter, and was in awe by this kid. He is so good, deep threat with a big frame, jumping ability, great hands, and speed. Everything you look for in a deep threat is found in Hunter. Hunter might be my favorite WR in this year’s draft, and I have been wanting him since football season started lat year. If New England feels Hunter will still be there in the draft for their second round pick, then they should take DeAndre Hopkins with their first pick and take Hunter with their second. Let’s say New England resigns Welker, then you would have two deep threats, Welker, and the two tight ends. Vision this, Hunter on one side, Hopkins on the other, Welker in the slot, and Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez as the tight ends. What an offense that would be, and when is the last time Tom Brady had not one, but two deep threats? I would say with confidence then, good luck to NFL defenses stopping the Patriots offense. I don’t think Hunter would be there for the Patriots second pick, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable with waiting, but New England should have a good feel about how quickly Hunter will go, if they don’t think he makes it far in the second then take him with your first. If they feel he will make it to them easily in the second then wait for him. Justin Hunter would be an instant upgrade at WR though, therefore needs to be taken by the New England Patriots.
DeAndre Hopkins is another first round talent that could land to the New England Patriots. Hopkins and Hunter are the more realistic options for the New England Patriots because Kennan Allen is probably going fast. Hopkins and Hunter though are just as good of an option as Allen is because they are just as good as he is deep. DeAndre Hopkins is 6’1 200 pounds with the speed of Mike Wallace. Hopkins has good hands, and the ability to get separation deep, and he is a true play maker at the receiver position. He helped the Clemson football team to score a lot of points and left Clemson with school records in touchdown catches and 100 yards receiving games.
The New England Patriots have options, clearly, especially in the first round to take a big wide receiver, to me I prefer Justin Hunter, but wow, imagine picking up both Hopkins and Hunter. I don’t think a team could get both, but I would sure hope Hunter is a Patriot by the end of the draft.