BB has always believed that the quality of the receivers doesn't mesh with the number of wins. He'll almost always pick a great offensive or defensive lineman over a wide receiver or a quarterback. Examples: Richard Seymour, Ty Warren, Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Chandler Jones. I'll throw middle linebacker into this pile: Donte Hightower, Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes.
Also, when BB drafts lightweight players they often as not don't work out. He has a touch with big uglies and not so much with rookie bantamweights. Why should he sink a third rounder on a wide receiver if those picks don't work? It's not that BB and the whole scouting staff is particularly bad at picking lightweights, they just aren't particularly good. Perhaps nobody in the entire NFL is particularly good at picking wideouts because the entire position is overrated. It's like an expert stock market trader trying to pick a good buggy whip company out of the universe of buggy whip companies. The deck is already stacked the wrong way. I might add that BB has never used a first round pick to nab a good quarterback, although Tom Terrific was as good an afterthought as any pick in NFL history and the Matt Cassel pick netted a reasonable profit in the end.
When we look at the wideouts on the roster, they come from the seventh round (Troy Brown, Julian Edelman) or sometimes they are picked out of the bargain bin. Jabar Gaffney was sitting at home by the phone one November when he got the call.
Randy Moss was some losing team's malcontent at the time he signed. A good number of reasonable wideouts used to play for teams with terrible records, usually for teams with bottom of the NFL quarterbacks. Danny Amendola has worked with a lousy QB and every defense understood that Amendola was the team's only offensive weapon. Wes Welker was once a really good player on a really bad Miami offense. Miami lowballed him as a restricted free agent and then the Patriots tossed out a (relatively) high bid for Welker.
As a rule, beware of the guys who dance. They didn't always earn their touchdowns. Somebody else was key.
So, it's always possible that the Pats have their scouting straightened out and that their guy will be hanging when their turn pick rolls around, but don't be surprised if the Patriots pass on wide receivers.
Did BB really draft
Taylor Price 3rd
Brandon Tate 3rd
Chad Jackson 2rd
Bethel Johnson 2rd ?