In response to mellymel3's comment:
There can be no doubt where the Pats think we lost the AFC Championship game...the interior O line...they are looking to make changes and solidify the O Line for the next several years to ease the transition from Mankins when his contract is up, in case Vollmer's leg is still a mess and if Cannon votes with his feet and leaves after his contract is up.
TE is a major problem right now.....Once Gronk left Hoo-man and Willaims could not get it done...unless Joe Don Looney Duncan can produce a miracle we are in deep trouble here...something has to be done with this position - maybe they'll pick someone up off the waiver wire during camp or the end of camp.
Easley, if his knees hold up, will be a revelation. If not, we still have depth on the D line if the boys are healthy enough to produce and stay on the field. Failing a good report from the docs and utility from the vets, we're in big trouble here and may not win the division.
LB is thin, thin, thin...I think this is why you'll see us in sub-defenses most of the time utilizing 5 DB's, and most often a 4-3 for our "regular" formation. I think we'll also see Nink in the middle from time to time...he does not rush the passer well any longer and we have to hope the two new corners can produce a far higher share of coverage sacks than last year...The kid from Iowa makes this team at LB, he's a two year captain and an academic All-American, a perfect BB warrior from a school he trusts and knows well.
White is a solid back who played against good competition every week and produced without fumbling...he catches passes out of the backfield and runs both inside and outside, plus he can pass block. He'll be here for his full ration of 2000 carries. I think one of the current backs does NOT make the squad and the name could shock all of us.
Thank the good lord above that Miami's O Line will be in disarray for most of this year and that the QB situation for Buffalo and NY are as usual, not good. If the many things we need to go well do go well, we win the division and maybe the AFC...otherwise, BB will hear it...loud.
Browner could be considered an LB since he'll probably never leave the field as a big nickel type option on the inside. The league has changed. Envision Collins and Browner as your coverage LBs. They signed a STs/back up LB from Washington named Josh Tull.
"Hull ran a 4.76-second 40-yard dash coming out of Penn State in 2010 with a 6.73-second three-cone drill and 4.07-second short shuttle — elite numbers for a linebacker. He has 25 career tackles in four NFL seasons, and he forced one fumble as a rookie with the Rams."
It's not what letters are next to the player's name, it's what the skill set is and how the player can be deployed on the field.
Buffalo's 1st two picks were good and the rest were terrible. The Jets did pretty good with their first two choices for once, but got little else other than low IQ NCAA prospects who looked like they already peaked.
Miami's entire draft sucked, IMO. Awful.