We are moving on to the fourth installment in our 2010 Patriots prediction series by taking a look at players who could be the "Most Improved" for the Patriots in 2010. Unlike other votes (where writers were granted three choices), our staff was allowed to choose just one player for this prediction. Lets see how it unfolded:
Richard Hill: RON BRACE, DEFENSIVE LINE
Brace ended the 2009 season with NO expectations left of him- which is why anything he does next season will count as an improvement. I think that Brace will actually emerge as a solid rotational defensive lineman, whether it be at the end position, or sliding to the interior in a 4-3 defense. He'll show why he was a 2nd round draft pick.
Stephen Verman: DERRICK BURGESS, DE/OLB
I was tempted to select Sebastian Vollmer here, but he played so well last year that it wouldn't be a huge jump if he had a great season. Bill Belichick has a lot of confidence in Burgess' ability, otherwise he wouldn't have given up such high draft picks to acquire him from Oakland. Burgess will most likely feature in sub packages, as he is more of a pure rusher than an outside linebacker. If put in the right position, he can get to the quarterback. I see him playing a lot of defensive end in nickle and dime packages, as well rushing from the "organized chaos" package. I foresee 7 sacks an a forced fumble from the veteran.
Marima: DARIUS BUTLER, CB
Rest of the predictions after the jump!
Comedic.Sans: DARIUS BUTLER, CB
On Friday, we will continue our prediction series by looking at surprise camp cuts/survivors. Remember, put your own predictions for the most improve Patriots' player in the comments!