Now that the 2015 NFL draft is officially over it comes as no srprise that Patriot head coach Bill Belichick picked five defensive players to add to his roster. With the departure of Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and long time captain Vince Wilfork the Patriots got a little younger and quicker on defense.
With the 32 pick in the draft the Pats selected Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown. The move makes sense since iBrown is a run stopper like his predecessor Vince Wilfork. He also comes with no off field issues and will join a rotation of Chris Jones, Michael Buchanon,Sealer Silga, Dominque Easly and Alan Branch. Browns size 6’2” 320 lbs adds bulk and youth to an already deep line. Withthe sixty fourth pick New England picked Stanford safety Jordan Richards. Richards served as team captain for the Cardinals and brings excellent leadership to the safety department. Richards is known for his run stopping ability and is also an excellent special teams layer. This should have a significant impact when the team firms up its roster in pre season. Richards has Massachusetts ties. His father Terry grew up in Natick and starred in football and later went on to Tufts and played four years their.Inthe third round the Pats selected Oklahoma defensive end Geneo Grissom. Grissom started four years at Oklahoma recording 89 tackles and 8 sacks.. The Patriots traded their second third rounder to Green Bay. With their first fourth round pick they selected Arkansas Defensive end Trey Flowers. Flowers had a very productive career as a razorback compiling 190 tackles and 18 sacks. The final defensive pick was Mississippi State linebacker Matt Wells.Wells is projected to play both inside and outside linebacker adding depth in case of injury to veteran Rob Ninkovich. Wells joins a pretty talented linebacking core. Veteran Jarod Mayo is hopefully recovered from injury that caused him to miss most of last season. The Pats also signed free agent Jabal Sheard from Cleveland for depth.
With the draft completed the Pats are still hard at work looking and signing free agents to omplete for a roster spot. One area the Pats did not focus on was Receiver. The Pats selected two offensive lineman with the final two fourth round picks.Obviously the Pats have a plan for each of their draft picks how they handle will determine how they can survive life in the NFL. Number one pick Malcom Brown has already made a statement saying he is going to be the greatest draft pick the Pats ever made. Time will tell.