By Tanya Ray Fox
For the better part of the last five years, the Patriots have entered the offseason with relatively few needs. Much like the Super Bowl champion Eagles, they could lose all of their free agents and still have a comparatively solid roster heading into the NFL Draft.
Not much has changed in 2018. With a strong linebacker class and a relatively weak group in potential other positions of need, like offensive lineman and backup quarterback, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay sees Belichick sticking to what he knows.
McShay has the Patriots taking outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter out of Georgia with the 31st overall pick, and it’s hard to argue. Carter possesses all of the qualities that Bill Belichick looks for in a first-round linebacker, namely size and versatility. Patriot linebackers are never one-dimensional and Carter, who recorded 4 total tackles in the College Football Playoff national championship, has been described as increasingly tough and confident.
“Offensive tackle is a possibility for New England, but I think guys like Kolton Miller and Geron Christian are a bit of a reach here. Carter is a versatile LB at 6-5, 250 with 34-inch arms — he can play standing up and even some right defensive end in a 4-3. He plays his tail off on tape, and the Patriots could use his pass-rushing production. He had an outstanding combine with a 4.50 40 and outstanding jumps (10-foot, 10-inch broad, 36-inch vertical).” – Todd...