Monday, April 25, 2005
NEW ENGLAND - The Patriots refused to reach for help at linebacker or in the secondary, instead choosing some versatile offensive linemen with size who will help shore up an area that has been somewhat suspect despite the team's recent remarkable successes. Both No. 1 pick Logan Mankins and third-round choice Nick Kaczur have great size and are known to be extremely aggressive and competitive. Both can play either guard or tackle. Mankins played left tackle in college but guard at the Senior Bowl and had no problems with the transition. Kaczur was considered perhaps the best player in the Mid-American Conference last season and also has shown ability to play an interior position or step out to tackle. Sandwiched between them was cornerback Ellis Hobbs III, who like the linemen is considered a versatile guy with return skills as well as the ability to cover."