Ohio St. RB Chris "Beanie" Wells
connerman with the pick...
Before you cry foul, the bigger picture must be laid out. And it's easy to paint.
The Patriots have six first day picks (!) and, specifically, three second rounders coming up right after this pick. So while the collective brain trust online seems to point to some linebacking help - and certainly that's an obvious need for Bill Belichick's crew - there's an opportunity here that I can definitely see New England seizing.
If anyone looks the part of Adrian Peterson in this year's draft, it's Chris Wells. And while the Pats might have bigger needs elsewhere, they certainly can make up lost ground with so many picks on the way. Connor Barwin, Brian Cushing, Robert Ayers, Michael Johnson, Clay Matthews, James Laurinaitis, Larry English, Jarron Gilbert and Clint Sintim are all still on the board, so the Pats can afford to strike while the best running back in the draft is still available.
Sure, Belichick's offensive schemes make retread backs look great (Sammy Morris, anyone?). But it's clear Maroney wasn't the prime pick many thought he was and the Patriots continue to rely on older workhorses. It works, sure. But when an opportunity this perfect provides itself... well, this is why a team keeps so many draft picks handy to make sure it can maneuver as the draft falls and take advantage of what's there.
So if you're Bill Belichick and you can grab the top running back in the draft - one whose pure power and ability to break tackles can single-handedly change a game - and still hold five first day picks, you take that chance and you worry about bringing youth to the linebacking corps, defensive line and adding O-line depth later.
Previous pick: WR Hakeem Nicks
Read more: Scouting Report (Mocking the Draft)
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With six picks in the first three rounds (Rounds 1 and 2 are first day only now, right?), if I were New England, I would go Best Player Available. I really hate the Patriots getting such a good player with this pick, which means that it's probably a good one.
|Pick||Round 1||Selection||Date||Community Approval|
|1||Detroit Lions - UCrawford||LB Aaron Curry||Weds. March 10th||Forgot to do a poll|
|2||St. Louis Rams - Lanier63||OT Jason Smith||Monday, March 16th||67%|
|3||Kansas City Chiefs - TonyG88||OT Eugene Monroe||Monday, March 16th||56%|
|4||Seattle Seahawks - mikvogel||DT B.J. Raji||Tuesday, March 17th||46%|
|5||Cleveland Browns - HIV2Elway||WR Michael Crabtree||Tuesday, March 17th||37%|
|6||Cincinnati Bengals - mistamic||OT Andre Smith||Weds., March 18th||43%|
|7||Oakland Raiders - mushin||WR Jeremy Maclin||Weds., March 18th||38%|
|8||Jacksonville Jaguars - DThomasReigns||WR Percy Harvin||Thursday, March 19th||29%|
|9||Green Bay Packers - JasonM||
DE/OLB Everette Brown
||Thursday, March 19th||68%|
|10||San Francisco 49ers - Harry Feltersnatch||QB Matt Stafford||Friday, March 20th||61%|
|11||Buffalo Bills - ArrowDread||LB Rey Maualuga||Friday, March 20th||50%|
|12||Denver Broncos - Keyser Sose||DE Brian Orakpo||Monday, March 23rd||58%|
|13||Washington Redskins - Official Arrowhead Pride Parade||T Michael Oher||Monday, March 23rd||64%|
|14||New Orleans Saints - cmpotter||CB Vontae Davis||Tuesday, March 24th||46%|
|15||Houston Texans - ChiefsDude||CB Malcolm Jenkins||Tuesday, March 24th||61%|
|16||San Diego Chargers - Helmets||DE Tyson Jackson||Weds., March 25th||58%|
|17||New York Jets - NJChief||QB Mark Sanchez||Weds., March 25th||77%|
|18||Chicago Bears - Holmeslice||QB Josh Freeman||Thursday, March 26th||28%|
|19||Tampa Bay Buccaneers - madtheory||DT Peria Jerry||Thursday, March 26th||45%|
|20||Detroit Lions (from Dallas) - UCrawford||
DE Aaron Maybin
||Friday, March 27th||54%|
|21||Philadelphia Eagles - Chiefsfan717||TE Brandon Pettigrew||Friday, March 27th||60%|
|22||Minnesota Vikings - kcsno56||WR Hakeem Nicks||Monday, March 30th|
|23||New England Patriots - connerman||RB Chris Wells
||Monday, March 30th|
|24||Atlanta Falcons - RedNose||Tuesday, March 31st|
|25||Miami Dolphins - shraggyj||Tuesday, March 31st|
|26||Baltimore Ravens - Ben S||Weds., April 1st|
|27||Indianapolis Colts - craig in calgary||Weds., April 1st|
|28||Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina) - Chiefsfan717||Thursday, April 2nd|
|29||New York Giants - ChiefsFan90s||Thursday, April 2nd|
|30||Tennessee Titans - Lvl.99||Friday, April 3rd|
|31||Arizona Cardinals - THE_TRUTH||Friday, April 3rd|
|32||Pittsburgh Steelers - McWhirt33||Monday, April 6th|