Here are needs going into 2010 free agency and the 2010 draft.
1. OLB/DE: Aside from Tully Banta-Cain the Patriots generated almost no pass rush ranked 23rd (The worst for a playoff team, the second being the Jets at 18). With Seymour gone, Jarvis Green a free agent, and Adalius Thomas likely/hopefully to be cut this is the position where the Patriots need the most help.
Free Agents include Shawne Merriman, Thomas Howard (A guy I like a lot), Rocky McIntosh, Jason Taylor, Mike Vrabel, Julius Peppers, Elvis Dumervil, and Richard Seymour.
Rookies include: Sean Weatherspoon (Versatile can play both ILB and OLB), Sergio Kindle, Rennie Curran, Greg Hardy, Carlos Dunlap, Corey Wootton, Brandon Graham (very solid player)
2.*NT: A nose tackle is only needed if Wilfork is not resigned. In a 3-4 defense the NT is the achor of the defense and is key to stoping the run. How we handle his contract situation may play a big role in free agency and the draft. Myron Pryor has shown some brightness but Ron Brace looks like he can't handle NFL linemen.
Free Agents include: Aubrayo Franklin, Ryan Pickett, and Tony Brown
Rookies Include: Gerald McCoy, Terrence Cody, Marvin Austin, Geno Atkins, Lawrence Marsh.
3. WR/TE: Randy Moss on the decline, Wes Welker returning from injury, and no prominent 3rd receiver this position needs a lot of help. Julian Edelman is a bright spot in the lackluster group of receivers in New England under Welker and Moss. For the TE's Watson is a free agent and Baker is a primarily a blocking TE, the patriots need a balanced TE that can also be a miss match against LB's.
Free Agents Include: WR: Antonio Bryant, Steve Breaston, Kevin Walter, Jason Avant, Chris Chambers. TE: Owen Daniels, Tony Scheffler, Anthony Fasano.
Rookies Include: WR: Dez Bryant, Arrelious Benn, Brandon LaFel, Marshawn Gilyard, Eric Decker, Golden Tate, Jordan Shipley. TE: Jermaine Gresham and then the other guys.
4. G: Running game has been soft and pass protection has been lack luster, with possible free agents Stephen Neal and Logan Mankins this position could be a future problem.
Free Agents Include: Jahri Evans.
Rookies include: Rodney Hudson, Sergio Render, John Jerry, Mike Johnson, Dan Doering.
5. RB: Aging RBs including Laura Maroney with fumblitis.
Free Agents include: Cadillac Williams, Darren Sproles, Mike Bell, Willie Parker, Jerome Harrison.
Rookies include: Jonathan Dwyer, C.J. Spiller, Jahvid Best, LeGarrette Blount, Toby Gerhart.
6. CB: Weak group include Wilhite and Wheatley. Bodden is a free agent, Springs is old, Butler is a bright spot.
Free Agents: Carlos Rogers, Dunta Robinson, Marlin Jackson.
Rookies: Patrick Robinson, Joe Haden, Kyle Wilson, Javier Arenas, Ras-I Dowling.
7. MLB: Guyton is a free agent, need some depth.
Free Agents: Barrett Ruud, Kirk Morrison.
Rookies: Brandon Spikes, Rolondo McClain.
8. P/K: Hanson is terrible and Ghost is inconsistent.
Free Agents:Jeff Feagles, Sebastian Janikowski, Jeff Reed.
Rookies: Matt Dodge, Zoltan Mesko, Brett Swenson, Josh Arauco.
9. OT: Matt Light also declining, Kazur is bad, Vollmer is the best.
Free Agents: Jared Gaither, Mike Gandy, Winston Justice
Rookies: Adam latoski, Charles Brown.
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