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News Blitz 4/30: Dissecting the Draft

A roundup of Patriots news

Everyone, it seems, has an opinion or some kind of reaction to how the Patriots drafted this past weekend.

We'll start with and ESPN blog post, which asks a question many followers of this team are asking: Did the Patriots do enough to help their defense?

"There were trade opportunities to move up in the first round to pick a defender," the article asserts, "but they elected to stay put and select offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn at No. 23. It turns out that pick was the pivot point that highlighted an obvious theme: It was a top-heavy defensive draft (to see four off-the-line linebackers go in the first 22 picks was rare), and then the bottom basically fell out of the high-end defensive prospect pool."

A Boston Globe writer comes right out and says New England should have done more defensively in the NFL Draft.

"This still feels like a squandered opportunity for the Patriots," the author proclaims. "The Patriots' defense, which forced just two turnovers in its last seven games and was shredded by the Eagles in the Super Bowl, surely could use more impact players, particularly in the front seven. But their first two picks were at positions that didn't seem like dire needs heading into the weekend."

On NBC Sports Boston's website, a Patriots scribe offers his analysis of the team’s weekend activity, starting with all the trading Bill Belichick did.

"Because [Belichick] invested in picks down the line, maybe he wants to be around for the foreseeable future. Maybe. But I'm not reading that much into it," the analysis reads in part.

Another take comes from the Boston Sports Journal.

"I argue," says the writer, "that what Belichick did in the 2018 draft represents a sizable gamble, but we don't know if his wager will pay off for several months."

In addition to the nine players New England drafted over the weekend, the Patriots also are believed to have signed nine more undrafted rookies to fill out their 90-man roster. offers a list of reported newcomers.

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