Re: 2010 Mock Rounds 1-6
posted at 4/25/2010 12:20 PM EDT
In Response to Re: 2010 Mock Rounds 1-6
I guess some closing thoughts for me... Only time will tell, but for me this has to be one of the most exciting Patriots drafts I can remember. They filled several holes and added depth at some critical positions. None of their picks this year made me feel really unhappy and like it was a reach like last year's for Brace did, although of course it's early in his career to make a judgment. Top two rounds: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers - A few other directions they could have gone in, but they took one of the very best players at his position right before there was a run on those players. Special teams value should NOT be a knock on him. Who wouldn't want a player who has potential as a starter and a major special teams contributor? He showed improvement every year at Rutgers, and is a hardworking student of the game with great athleticism who should form a great trio with Bodden and Butler in nickel packages for the next few years imo. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona - This has to be one of my favorite picks. He absolutely would have gone 1st round if not for the back injury. I had the opportunity to see him play watching Pac-10 football over the past few years and he is downright beastly, a very complete player. Jermaine Cunningham, DE/OLB, Florida - I won't attempt to talk much about this pick because I didn't form much of an opinion on this player before the draft, but I like what I read about him. He has the measurables and intangibles to succeed with the Patriots. Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida - Spikes and Mayo teaming up inside. Learn to love it. Picking a two-time first team All-American where they got Spikes is pretty sweet, I have to say. Instinctive, great leadership, plays faster on tape than he ran in the 40. I think he will be a very good run stuffer for the Pats. Best of the rest: -Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida - Awesome value pick. TE should be a strength on the roster now. I know there was a little bit of buzz about character concerns, but I am confident that BB received the inside scoop from Urban Meyer and wouldn't have taken the kid if he thought it would be an issue. Fellow Connecticut native! :) -Brandon Deaderick, DE, Alabama - I learned anything I know about him from this post, and although he'll need some time to add polish I really like this pick. Played through the year after being shot, so toughness = check. -Zoltan Mesko, P, Michigan - Best punter, best name. 5th may seem a little high, but special teams should no longer be a source of frustration. Too soon to tell/not enough info: Taylor Price, WR, Ohio - I love scouting reports on him, but WRs are always far from a sure thing. I'm keeping expectations low for this season as I think he'll need time to adjust before he can really contribute, especially because he played in a poor pass-catching system in college. Ted Larsen, C, NC State and Thomas Welch, OT, Vanderbilt - Honestly, just not enough familiarity to judge. However, I love Scarnecchia, so if anyone can develop these dudes into beasts, he can. Kade Weston, DT, Georgia - N/A not enough of an opinion Zac Robinson, QB, Oklahoma State - I loved how he looked at the Senior Bowl, but he threw waaaay too many interceptions last season. Can improve in decision making but I liked what I saw from him in pre-draft activities, he's very athletic. Overall, loved this draft. I think they're set up really well to take some studs next year, perhaps including a RB, top WR, or one of the big DEs being talked over early? In any case, I enjoyed reading this thread a lot and thank all of you guys for providing all the info you did and really making the days leading up to the draft more interesting. 4800+ posts is crazy. Awesome job.
Posted by PeaceLaur
Well summarized Peace. I know 9 of the 12 picks from all the research I've done plus the vast contibutions here on those players. In talking to experts since the draft Larson is said to be good enough to battle Koppen at Center if not this year, next. Deaderick has huge potential but I think he and Weston end up on the PS this year. Welch is projected as RT and could end up being better than Kazcur in time. We traded both 7s to move to the top of the 7th for him so he must be highly thought of by BB.