If you are a devout follower of the site, then you know that I did a similar miniseries last year profiling potential Patriots targets in the NFL Draft. No big deal or anything, but I correctly picked Malcom Brown being selected in the first round by the Pats.
So I'm not just pulling out of my ass random collegiate players that I think would be a good fit on this team. No one knows for sure what the Patriots are thinking, but these are some players that would look great in red, white and blue.
I am not going to talk about specific players in this piece, just a brief overview of areas of need for the Patriots in 2016.
Obviously, the glaring need on this team is on the offensive side of the football. Last year, the Patriots were crippled by injuries, but could also not get reliable options at a number of key positions.
With the almost-certain departure of Legarrette Blount, the first, and perhaps biggest, need for the Patriots is at the running back position. While Dion Lewis has shown flashes of brilliance early last season, the Patriots should not rely on him to play 16 games next season. He has never been able to stay healthy, and we saw just how much the offense changed when they did not have him in the backfield. With James White, Brandon Bolden, and Dion Lewis, the Patriots should look into drafting a bruising back that runs north and south, not east and west, to compliment what they already have.
The second biggest need for the Pats, in my opinion, is to get a legitimate threat on the outside. Brandon LaFell was a great player in 2014, but he showed that he is the same guy that he was with the Carolina Panthers and even the LSU Tigers with all of the drops this past season. The Patriots do not need a guy that will completely change their offensive scheme, but it may be nice if they could get a third or fourth (BIG AND TALL) option that stretches the field for guys like Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and perhaps even Danny Amendola.
Look for specific player names in the coming days, as I will be highlighting some of the best players at their position in college football.