Re: 2010 Mock Rounds 1-6
posted at 4/3/2010 11:23 AM EDT
In Response to Re: 2010 Mock Rounds 1-6
Linval Joseph as a prospect for 3-4 DE. He is 6'4" 328lbs, very strong (bench press 39) and has a long arm (34.5 in) . He is taller than Dan Williams and stronger than Odrick. Mike Mayock said that his stock is rising to the second round now because 3-4 teams are convinced that he holds the point of attack. With long arms, he may be taught to potentially control two gaps. PFW also gives him a second round rating. With this thought, I tweaked my mock for our first five picks as the following. The bottom line is, that, with a deep draft and our three second rounders, we might be able to fill all our needs (DE, OLB, WR, and TE) with above-average players: 1. Carlos Dunlap. DE/OLB. Control the edge as an OLB in the early downs and provide pass-rush from the inside in the passing downs. 2a. Golden Tate. WR. Ready to play in our offense. 2b. Ricky Sapp. OLB. He compares to Rosie Colvin to me. Can speed-rush and drop into coverage. Good instinct. 2c. Linval Joseph. DE. Can at least hold up against the run at the right DE. 4. Jimmy Graham. TE. Anthony McCoy if Jimmy Graham is gone.
Posted by TrustBill
I've been talking about Joseph for over a month now. I was originally thinking 7th round, then 6th round, then 4th round. I'm not ready to say let's spend a 2nd on him yet because of his inconsistent play. He seems to tire easily. When rested he's a beast. Hopefully this is just a conditioning thing that will improve when he's a full time football player. There is no question he is a big strong guy and he has explosive quickness off the ball.
This is the thing and I'd like others to weigh in on this too. This is such a deep DT draft. I have to feel that BB has studied the depth and value of each position and where in the draft represents the most value for positions he's interested in drafting. It is for this reason that I've come off my Odrick at #22 thinking. I know Odrick has the measurables and versatility. I still would not be surprised if we took him there at 22. But, I think BB realizes that he can get a guy like Alualu or Joseph later on. He might decide to take a flyer on Geathers who is very young (20) but has off the chart potential to be the next Too Tall Jones. Then there are guys like Corey Peterson and Deaderick that could be had in the 6-7 rounds. This could be the reason he just signed a veteran DT so he has starting quality now and time to develop a young player.
On paper we would seem to have 6 DL types who are locks to make the team and the Pats seem to like Darryl Richard who can stay on the PS another year. So, there really isn't room on the 53 man roster for a high DL draft pick unless some one is cut. I can't see the Pats giving up on Brace already but he would appear to be the weakest link.
A lot of us think BB should take Brandon Graham because of his pass rushing ability and if he's there at #22 we might. However, we have to consider that TBC had 10.5 sacks in the role of 43 rush DE and he was just extended to a pretty lucrative deal considering who he is and what he does. Graham would basically serve the same role. I agree we COULD use another base 34 OLB especially if Adalius is not in our future plans. However, we have Crable, TBC, Woods, Ninkovich and Guyton that can play the position. Edds in the 4th, Misi or Sapp in the 2nd are certainly possibilities to consider.
I think another missing piece is a tough Rodney Harrison (6-1, 220) type safety. Ever since Rodney retired we've been trying to find a replacement that can do the things he did. In 2008 we tried with Tank Williams (6-2, 223) but he got hurt and was cut, resigned and cut again. We tried last year with Shawn Springs (6-0, 204) and I believe Springs won't be on the 2010 roster. We also drafted Patrick Chung (5-11, 212) first in 2009 draft. The jury is still out on Chung but I would not be surprised if the search to replace Rodney is not over.
My brother is a scout for a draft site. Last week he interviewed Kam Chancellor (6-3, 231) and his agent. Both indicated that the Patriots were among the teams most interested. If McGowan is on the outs, drafting Chancellor at 119 (a slight move up might be needed) makes sense. The choice could come down to Edds or Chancellor or a WR with that 4th round pick. It would depend what needs are met with the top 4 picks.