Round 1, Pick 2: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas
McFadden didn’t win the Heisman, so what? He is a rare breed at runningback. A player of his caliber only comes around once every 5-10 years (or maybe twice in this case). I would best compare him to Ladainian Tomlinson, or Adrian Peterson. McFadden has the true combination of speed and power. At 6-2, 215, he is a bruiser, but with 4.3 speed. It will be years before the Patriots get to draft at a position like this, yet alone pick up a player of McFadden’s caliber.
Other Possibilities: Jake Long, OT, Michigan; James Lauranitis, LB, Ohio State
Round 1, Pick 32… Nobody (the Patriots are so good that they don’t think it would be fair to select twice in the first round. Therefore, they will forfeit this pick)
Round 2, Pick 64: Vince Hall, LB, Virginia Tech
I’m not sure Hall will be around at this point, but if he is, this has got to be the pick. Hall could be the potential replacement to Tedy Bruschi, but my only question is, can he fit into the 3-4 system?
Round 3, Pick 70: DeJuan Tribble, CB, Boston College
Randall Gay and Asante Samuel will both be free agents this year, while Chad Scott is coming off of a major injury. Tribble will be the best player available at this point, plus he fits a need. Tribble has a good combination of athleticism and instincts, and he has the potential to be a great starter in this league.
Round 3, Pick 96: Bo Ruud, LB
I am confident that Ruud will be a good fit in the 3-4. If he is around here, he will be the obvious pick to make.