New England will look to get younger at Linebacker with their first pick on Draft Day

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Sitting with the seventh pick in the NFL Draft are the New England Patriots coming off a Super Bowl loss to the NY Giants. The New England Patriots were a dropped interception pass away from going a perfect 19-0 last season. Starting cornerback Assante Samuel was signed away from the Patriots through free agency and it’s questionable if his replacement would come this season in the first round. Many believe head coach Bill Belichick would look through his free agent acquisitions to fill that hole and not go with an inexperienced DB in the starters role. The Patriot linebackers have some age on them with soon to be 35-year-old Teddy Bruschi and Junior Seau who at 38 is facing a retirement decision. Inside linebacker Keith Rivers from USC would be a good fit for the Patriots. Rivers possesses good size, strength and quickness and uses those talents to shed off blockers very well. Rivers is also very good at creating turnovers as he has the skill to jar the ball loose from running backs and is a very big hitter. Rivers has good closing speed to finish off sacks when asked to rush the quarterback. Gamblers Television projects the New England Patriots with the 7th pick to draft Keith Rivers, Linebacker from USC.

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