Patriots pecking order
At the end of last season, the best interior players the Patriots had were Vince Wilfork and Brandon Deaderick. Kyle Love, who played well earlier in the season, tailed off some. Marcus Fortson, a rookie, also made some plays as a pass-rushing defensive tackle. Since the end of the season, the Patriots added Armond Armstead (left) and Jason Vega – former CFL players – and veteran DT Tommy Kelly. Armstead is the most intriguing addition for the Patriots and his joining the team serves as a pseudo-draft pick. The Patriots haven’t spent a high pick on a true defensive tackle in some time and given the class of players available, this could be a year they look to get Wilfork some high-end support up front.
Others in the mix: Tracy Robertson