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Today, we preview another need for the Patriots: WR.
For reference, here’s a reminder of where the Pats stand before the draft, in terms of picks:
1. Round 1, Pick 29
2. Round 2, Pick 27 (59 overall)
3. Round 3, Pick 29 (91 overall)
4. Round 7, Pick 20 (226 overall, from Buccaneers)
5. Round 7, Pick 29 (235 overall)
After losing Wes Welker and releasing Brandon Lloyd, the Patriots went to free agency to sign Danny Amendola and Donald Jones, then resigned Julian Edelman. However, the failed attempt to acquire restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders from the Steelers suggests that Belichick would still like some more depth at wideout. Tight ends Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski are both doubtful to be ready for the start of the season, adding more urgency to the need at wide receiver.
The Pats’ recent history drafting receivers is not encouraging, but fortunately this year’s draft class should include some worthy talent late in the first round. The Texans, who pick two spots ahead of the Patriots, are almost certain to go for a receiver, but that would still leave the Pats with their choice of California’s Keenan Allen, Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins, and either one of Tennessee’s top two wideouts, Justin Hunter and Cordarelle Patterson.