Patriots Draft Potential: Pass Rushers

By Chris Warner

Today, we look at dominant pass rushers, creatures that have remained elusive to Coach Bill Belichick and his band of merry draftniks. The footballers chosen below aren’t meant as predictions (best to avoid those, judging by our track record); rather, they represent the level of talent available to the Pats in each round.

New England has two picks in the first round (27 and 31 overall), two in the second (48, 62), one in the third (93) and one in the fourth (126). They have traded away their fifth-, sixth- and seventh-round picks.

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The Case of the NALL vs the PLL and the Use of Media Behind it

By Marisa Ingemi

Most of the professional lacrosse leagues that the casual fan follows causes a stir. The National Lacrosse League isn’t on TV enough. Major League Lacrosse is slow. But what takes the cake is the case of the North American Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse League.

The NALL was founded by former NLL commissioner Jim Jennings. The rest of the league looked incredibly solid. Scott Neiss, one of the smartest men in lacrosse and former NLL front office worker, was the assistant deputy to commissioner and Phil Evans, the former NBA D-League commissioner was the NALL commissioner. Graham D’Alvia, who is behind the USIL, the governing body of US Lacrosse, was a team owner along with former basketball owners Anthony Chase and Brett Vickers.

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Patriots Draft Potential: Wide Receivers

By Chris Warner

Our series on Patriots positions of need continues with a closer look at wide receivers. There’s a decent lineup of pass-catchers available beginning April 26, but Foxboro needs another pass-catcher like your grandmother needs another antique: only if a great one’s available at a reasonable price.

New England has 10 receivers on their current roster, but only two seem like locks to start (Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd). Special teams ace Matthew Slater is a receiver in name only. Last year, punt returner Julian Edelman touched only slightly more pigskin than a PETA volunteer. Veteran signees Anthony Gonzalez and Donte Stallworth are great pickups (oh, wait: it’s not 2007?).

Yes, the Patriots could use an injection of productive youth at the position. The question is, where do they look?

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