From GM bronco-Maine-iac: With the Patriots getting old at the linebacker position, (Bruschi, Seau, and Vrabel(before he was traded)) this pick makes alot of sense. Teaming Laurinaitis up with last year's DROY, Jerrod Mayo, will give the Patriots a young linebacking corp for years to come.
(Trying to read Belichick's mind is next to impossible!)
Commish's Thoughts: I think this is darn close to where Laurinaitis is going to go in the drat, and ultimately, the Pats make a lot of sense. He is smart, has an intense work ethic, and is a great tackler who doesn't make many mistakes. Is he better suited for a 4-3? Yes. Maybe. I don't think it matters that much. That might be the deciding factor between two guys that are equal talents, but James is far and away the best backer on the board at this point, and the Patriots will be able to get him int he right spot at the right time to make plays and help. I worry a little about James' "bustability" in terms of what I don't see as a hardcore desire to be nothing but a football player, but I don't put a lot of stock in my worry. James will probably be fine,a nd the Pats will be fine choosing him.
ON THE CLOCK
Atlanta Falcons are up next.
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Round 1, Pick #24 Overall