The Patriots once again have given many of us a brain cramp by using their first three draft picks to select all offensive players. It's been theorized since the Great Exodus of Aught Five that the Patriots, much like the Red Sox, were trying to get younger--and were going to be making a huge splash in the draft this year, unlike last year when they were content to hold their cards and wait.
With their highest pick in 2006, the Pats grabbed Laurence Maroney, a runningback from Minnesota. With their second, the Patriots traded up to get Chad Jackson, a wide receiver from Florida. And their third and final pick on the first draft day netted them David Thomas, a tight end from Texas.
Far be it from me to second-guess the scouting department that brought us Tom Brady, Sixth Round Draft Pick. And it has also been pointed out that Bill Belichick has never taken a linebacker before the fifth round.
However, the same reporter who pointed that out, AP sports writer Howard Ulman, turned around in the very next sentence to say, "That probably will change Saturday." (Freakin' everybody did. EVERYBODY. Every mock draft, every ponitificator in the Fourth Estate. Everybody.)
Ulman also pointed out, "wide receiver is not considered a strong position in this year's draft."
In Ulman's article, Belichick's philosophy is summed up as "taking the best player even if he doesn't play a position where the Patriots need help." But that's a big-time head-scratchah, so far, for those of us who were clinging to this year's draft as a return to normalcy (read: dominance) for the Patriots--and waiting for that big defensive stud to replace...well, name the missing guy he'd replace here.
Chalk this draft up to "In Bill We Trust", then. I can't even begin to claim to know what the Master Plan is...Pats fans will just have to stay patient.