The aftermath of the Boston Marathon of 2013 is only in the infant stages, it's time for the people of New England to focus on growing and loving the city they live in together. One of Boston great traditions is the love for their sports teams as everyone continues to reflect on the attacks that occurred they can also focus on the future of their beloved New England Patriots football team in the upcoming draft. Written By Oren Shiri
The New England Patriots, for the first time in quite a while, will focus on adding firepower on the offense to make up for the losses of wide outs Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd. New England will strike quickly, due to trading away their 4th through 6th round picks.
First Round (no. 29 overall): DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Nothing drives head coach Bill Belichick crazier than players who don't possess the fundamental skills of their position. Hopkins puts any doubts Belichick might have to rest, as his route running is crisp and precise, to go along with extremely soft hands and deep threat ability. Tom Brady's new toy fits right into the team-first mentality that New England preaches.
Second Round (no. 59 overall): Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
Always in search of the next cog in the machine, the Patriots jump on Bell to fill depth at the running back position. Large and powerful, Bell has good pass catching ability out of the backfield, and projects to be excellent around the 3-yard line in as a short down and distance back.
Third Round (no. 91 overall): Mike Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
Cut from the same pro-material cloth as Beavers' greats Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmanzadeh, Wheaton is a notch above both in his readiness to make an impact in the NFL. Sharp route running and durable hands, Wheaton stretches the field, and consistently makes something out of nothing with his instincts alone.
Seventh Round (no. 226 overall): Steve Greer, ILB, Virginia
Belichick has always thrown caution to the wind based on numbers, and looks for talent he believes will work within his system. Greer is undersized, but is a ballhawk and a grinder. He has good enough feet to play inside or out, and is smart. Belichick values brains just as much as brawn, and Greer is one of his type of defensive players.
Seventh Round (no. 235 overall): Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
Another late round defensive player with an extremely high ceiling, Hyde has the versatility and play making skills to play either corner or safety at the pro level. An off-field incident lowered his draft stock, but when it comes to raw tools, Hyde will impact the Patriots' defense immediately with sound fundamentals and great athletic ability.