State of the Position is a new weekly Foxboro Blog feature that will examine the post-draft status of each position and take a look at what needs still need to be filled before the season opens up.
Today we will examine the defensive line.
When the Patriots were at their best, they had a dominating front seven.
These days, that is not the case.
In Bill Belichick’s 3-4 defense, the defensive line is key to stopping the run and tying up blockers to allow the linebackers to make plays.
During the early part of the decade, Belichick invested three first-round picks on the d-line.
The results speak for themselves.Richard Seymour was a perennial All-Pro defensive end who set the standard for five-technique play, Ty Warren is an underrated Pro-Bowl caliber 3-4 end, and Vince Wilfork is among the top nose tackles in the league.
While those players built the foundation of a strong front-three, today’s roster doesn’t feature the same type of talent or production.
At nose tackle, Wilfork continues to be the team’s most important player. He plays with great power, technique and has good agility for a player his size. He also showed his versatility by lining up at defensive end last season when the team’s depth was tested.
However, the situation gets murky at defensive end. no comments