Is this the year Belichick decides to use both 1st rounders and 2nd rounders?
Are they serious about trading up for Barron?
Will Belichick finally draft a pass-rusher in the 1st round?
Are they serious about dealing Hoyer or Mallet if they get the right offer?
Do they view Marcus Cannon as more of a RT or more of a RG?
Is McCourty staying at CB or might they try converting him to FS?
Ultimately speaking, we won't know the answers to any of these questions. Guesses may come but they are fruitless. Belichick is tough to predict for one simple reason; he reacts. He's very unlikely to jump way ahead for someone, he is far more likely to sit back and wait to see how things begin to play out so he can anticipate what will happen and what can happen if he chooses to make a move. By the mid-1st Belichick will probably know what he's doing at the end of the 1st.
There will be teams making offers, but we won't know which teams or what offers until a week from now. You have to believe Belichick will deal away a 1st rounder, and you have to believe he could deal the second 1st rounder away if he doesn't see whom he wants.. or rather, what value he wants.
In Bill we trust. Why? Because in the last 11 years he brought our team to 5 Super Bowls. We are perennial contenders and a team all others acknowledge to be great. We come into every draft seemingly with a plethora of draft picks. His ability to plan for the short and long term got us Nate Solder, who will make up for the departure of Matt Light. Ryan Mallett and Brian Hoyer, who are probably the best backup-QBs in the league. Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, the first of which might end up being the best Tight End who ever lived, and the pair being the best TE-duo to ever play together. The departure of the Lawfirm will be filled by Ridley-Vereen. Oh, and we got both Ochocinco and Lloyd in camp working for glory- not the measley peanuts they are to be paid for the 2012 season.
The Pats deserve to be at the top of power-rankings heading into the 2012 season. And as the draft approaches, teams thining about the short-term will surrender their long-term interests to Belichick in the form of future picks. Belichick will be happy to accept. Even while inevitably dealing away picks he'll have a shot at filling the few holes this team has. Last year we were deep in some places and shallow in others. We had no starting-calibre WRs, Free-Safeties, Strong-Safeties when Chung was down, or ILBs when Mayo/Spikes/Fletcher were banged up. We were still rebuilding, and despite that, Belichick brought us to a SuperBowl. The Bills front-4 aside, the AFC-East still goes through Foxborough.