Measuring N.E. draft starts with Dowling

Time will tell whether taking CB at No. 33 over available pass-rushers was right move

Updated: May 3, 2011, 2:41 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Reaction to the New England Patriots' 2011 NFL draft is across the board, but there is one common thread.

Whether emailers like the draft or not, they are passionate about it, and that's one of the things I appreciate about the weekly Patriots mailbag.

To me, one of the intriguing parts of the Patriots' draft was how varied opinions were among analysts. Few teams, it seems, had such divided opinion.

My thought is pretty straightforward: The ...

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