Billick's view of AFC East, Patriots

April, 10, 2013
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One storyline that has drawn attention this offseason is if the Dolphins' heavy activity in free agency has helped them make up ground on the Patriots in the AFC East.

Former Ravens head coach Brian Billick, who serves as an analyst for Fox Sports, shares his opinion on the issue.

"As we approach the 2013 NFL Draft, the Patriots aren’t as dominant on paper as they have been in previous years, but none of the other three teams have done enough to close the gap," Billick writes on Foxsports.com. "I predict the 2013 outcome will look very to the final standings in 2012."

Billick then details areas in which he envisions each AFC East team targeting in the draft. He sees defense as the Patriots' focus.

"For the first time in a while, the Patriots have just five draft picks and will not control the process the way they have in years past. Coincidentally, they have more glaring needs than they have in any other year," Billick writes. "With holes in the defensive secondary as well as at pass rusher, the Patriots will most likely use the No. 29 and No. 59 picks on the defensive side of the ball."

Billick then identifies some of the potential options for the Patriots in the draft, which includes SMU's Margus Hunt.

"Hunt is a workout warrior who turned heads at the combine for his rare combination of length, flexibility and brute strength," Billick writes. "Hunt checked-in at 6-8, 277 pounds and ran a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash and put up 38 reps in the bench press. Tell me that doesn’t sound like a player Bill Belichick could have some fun with."

To read more of Billick's viewpoint on the Patriots and AFC East, CLICK HERE.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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