Inside The Bills

Pats hosting Locker

Posted by Chris Brown on April 12, 2011 – 12:43 pm

The New England Patriots are viewed by most to have primary needs at defensive end, outside linebacker and wide receiver. So why are they hosting Washington QB Jake Locker on a pre-draft visit?

New England did this last year as well hosting Tim Tebow on a pre-draft visit, but ESPN is reporting that the Patriots may very well be looking for an eventual successor to Tom Brady. Locker figures to still be on the board in the bottom half of round one. Brady, who turns 34 later this summer, is signed through 2014.

What the Patriots do have is a pair of first-round picks at 17 and 28. They can address an immediate need at 17 and possibly make a luxury pick at 28 in the form of a top-rated QB. Earlier in the offseason there was a lot of talk that the Patriots were taking inquiries into the availability of the 28th overall pick via trade, knowing they had the first pick in round two just five selections later.

But as the ESPN report points out, New England has no bona fide proven QB talent behind Brady on the roster, with former undrafted rookie Brian Hoyer (2009) currently the backup.

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