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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Video: Pats' biggest need? Pass rusher

By ESPNBoston.com



What’s the Patriots’ biggest need in the upcoming draft? That was the topic in our latest video from the SportsCenter Patriots Draft Special from over the weekend. All of our panelists -- ESPNBoston.com’s Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss, ESPN draft guru Todd McShay and Patriots Football Weekly’s Andy Hart – agreed that there was no bigger need on this Patriots team than acquiring a premier pass-rusher.

“Fifty percent of the offensive snaps are coming out of sub packages. What does sub packages mean? It means all the receivers are coming onto the field, they’re spereading teams out,” Bruschi explains. “How do you counteract that type of offensive pressure? No. 1 you have to be able to cover. Defensive back-wise [the Patriots] are firm there.

“But the other way to stop those spread-out attacks is you have to get to the passer. You need that difference maker that’s going to be there in those critical situations because in those critical situations they’re going to throw the ball.”