Draft video: Gauging wide receivers
April, 30, 2014
Will the Patriots be tempted to take advantage of the depth of wide receivers available in the upcoming draft? That question was posed to our panel at the recent ESPNBoston.com Patriots draft party.
Field Yates wonders if there's room for a rookie receiver to make an impact given the Patriots seemingly have five locks at the position on their roster (Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, Brandon LaFell). Yates suggests if the Patriots pick a receiver, it would more likely be in the later rounds as a possible depth position.
Trevor Matich switches gears a little, turning the focus on tight ends, particularly Notre Dame's Troy Niklas. Matich says Niklas, a converted defensive end/linebacker who has been playing tight end for only a couple of years, has "great explosiveness" but also has the strength to be an effective blocker. "He could be a fantastic complement to [Rob] Gronkowski," Matich said.
In terms of improved production at receiver, Mike Reiss says the key is the development of second-year players such as Dobson as opposed to expecting any rookie to make an impact.