Originally posted by LifelongNiner:The Patriots never had a pass rusher like Aldon Smith either. It's pretty clear Aldon Smith is a 10 sack a year guy. You have to pay the man. This is why our draft picks at WR (AJ Jenkins and whoever we pick this year) must pan out, as insurance in case Crabtree's price is too high. We really need to come away from this draft with 5 starters.
They did have Richard Seymour, though not the pass rusher as Aldon, he did command a huge increase when he hit the open market. Your idea of 5 starters from this draft is right on. I'm not too worried about Crabtree, Kaep will make a decent receiver into a star.