Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who works as an analyst for ESPN, was a guest on ESPN Boston Radio with Adam Jones today. A few highlights:
1. Defensive front-7 is need that stands out. When looking at areas of the roster that stand out, Bruschi thinks the Patriots could use the most help in the front-7. Because teams are using more spread offenses, finding the right player to help generate a pass rush takes on added importance. Defensive linemen J.J. Watt, Cameron Jordan and Corey Liuget are a few prospects who stand out to him.
2. Veteran experience important. Bruschi thinks there is danger of the Patriots becoming too young. He envisions a scenario in which they trade picks because of this.
3. Rookies face huge uphill climb with labor uncertainty. If rookies can't show up until the start of training camp, Bruschi sees that as a huge detriment to them in making an immediate impact. This makes it unlikely to see something similar to last year, when Patriots rookies Devin McCourty and Rob Gronkowski broke through right away.
4. Tom Brady's role as a lead plaintiff. Bruschi disagrees with the thought that Brady should have felt conflicted when deciding to become a lead plaintiff in the players' antitrust case against the NFL.
5. Richard Seymour trade revisited. Looking back, Bruschi said he wouldn't have traded Seymour for the 2011 first-round pick (17th overall) they're about to cash in, but he understands the economic reasons why they did it.