Even though the New England Patriots signed Danny Amendola this offseason, Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com believes they’ll likely come out of this year’s draft with a wide receiver.
Whether it’s in the first, second or third round, I think it’s clear that the Patriots need to come out of the 2013 draft with a receiver. That, to me, is the most compelling storyline for the club this year because of the limited picks at the position in Bill Belichick’stenure (nine in 13 years), and also the team’s struggles to consistently draft and develop prospects at the position. Oklahoma’s Kenny Stills, Southern Cal’s Robert Woods and Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton were a few receivers in town last week for a pre-draft visit, and that led me to look closer at their resumes.
The Patriots have a bad history of drafting wide receivers. The last two they took in the first three rounds of the draft were Taylor Price and Brandon Tate. Both players are no longer on their roster.