Here is a sampling of reaction nationally to the Patriots draft:
USA Today’s Jarrett Bell gives the Patriots 4 1/2 (out of 5) stars and notes:
Wheeler-dealers got DT Ty Warren to pair next to playmaker Richard Seymour and a solid CB in Eugene Wilson. WR Bethel Johnson solid pick at the right time, and after getting Tom Brady in sixth round, why not pick pass-happy Kliff Kingsbury? Scored big in getting Baltimore's No. 1 in '04, when Pats will have eight picks in first four rounds.
Len Pasquarelli gives the Patriots an “A” for a grade, noting that:
Virtually every choice could be deemed a value selection, defined in our minds as landing a player at the right spot on the board, and neither reaching nor delaying to snatch him up. We particularly favor the two second-rounders, cornerback Eugene Wilson and wide receiver Bethel Johnson. The only caveat on the latter is the seven abdominal surgeries he has undergone in recent years. Keep an eye on rush end Tully Banta-Cain (No. 7), an "edge" player who can chase down quarterbacks.
John Clayton listed the Patriots as big winners of the first day of the draft.
Mel Kiper (Pay column) gives the Pats one of only four A’s in the draft, and says:
The Patriots did a great job organizing their draft. They got the defensive help they needed with Ty Warren at tackle and Eugene Wilson at corner, and I like what Bethel Johnson can bring to the offense. Dan Klecko will add some depth on the defensive line, and the rest of the picks were very solid.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sportsline hands out a B+, with the comment:
The Patriots had versatility with 13 picks, and they did a great job making moves. Getting Warren is a good pick for a defense that needs his help, as is second-round pick Eugene Wilson, a corner out of Illinois.
He lists Klecko however, as their worst pick.
Ron Borges on MSNBC puts the Pats under the “Need to try harder” category and gives them a C-. His comment:
The Patriots entered the draft with 13 picks, including five on the first day, and left with three players and Baltimore