Re: 2010 Mock Rounds 1-6
posted at 3/16/2010 10:50 AM EDT
I don't remember last year's discussion taking up such a huge thread. I believe we had several threads, and it kept things shorter and more manageable. Every day I intend to post something, but I have to read the last few pages and find where I am, and then it expands again. So daunting, trying to keep up!
Faucet, I remember we had some good discussions last year; I wish Z were posting more frequently these days--he enriched our conversation considerably. The rest of you I don't really know all that well, but I've enjoyed reading your thoughts. Carry on. :)
I've kept careful notes this year. I am determined not to be surprised by BB's draft. Last year I hit with Chung, Butler, and Edelman, which wasn't bad (25% is pretty darn good with the Patriots draft :p ), and I correctly guessed which positions we would draft at a few other spots, but I was still blindsided by half the picks. ("Vollmer? Who the heck is that?!") I'm only going to make a few comments for now, but I hope I'll be able to keep up with the thread from here on out.
First I'd like to offer a list of sleepers I'm particularly interested in--I originally posted this at PatsFans.com and then at Footballs Future Draft Forum; apologies if you've seen it before and don't find it interesting. After a few days, once I'm in the flow of the conversation, I'll work toward the early rounds, but at least half of our draft is in the 6th-7th rounds. AdamJT13, who's well known for his yearly projections of the comp. picks, belives that the Patriots will receive 4 7th-rounders: http://adamjt13.blogspot.com/
In addition to these comp. picks, we have two 7ths from the Greg Lewis and Russ Hochstein trades. That's 6 picks in one round!
- -=- -Patrick Stoudamire - good looking corner prospect. Very underrated, with good fluidity, instincts, and physicality. Average height, but good bulk, strength, and speed. Played against lower competition, but is technically sound.
Danny Batten - originally a DE, but played ILB at Texas vs Nation, and could offer great versatility. High effort guy; a really impressive player with underrated athleticism.
Jim Dray - fantastic blocker. A few injury concerns. May not be the best athlete in the world and wouldn't catch a lot of passes--could be a tip-off on running formations. Nonetheless, blocks like a third tackle.
Brandon Deaderick - played next to Cody on the Alabama line, and always caught my eye when I scouted the big guy. Extremely stout against the run, and that was before he added 20 pounds for the combine. Good developmental 34 end who actually played the position in college.
Deji Karim - Ray Rice clone. My favorite prospect on this list, by far, Karim reminds me of Rice and MJD. He's short (5'8 or 5'9, depending on who you believe) but at #210 is very thickly built and has impressive power. Ran a 4.3 and jumped 43 inches in the vertical for his pro day. Also timed an exceptional 6.67 in the three-cone drill, which I blieve is one of the greatest tests of balance and COD. Great vision, instant acceleration, good hands, etc. He gives hight effort as a blocker, but needs to refine his technique. Perfect Faulk understudy, with full-time starter upside.
J'Marcus Webb - huge small-school OT with quick feet and good athleticism for a big guy. Not generating a lot of hype, which coupled with his transfer from a major program makes me a bit wary, but all the physical tools are there for him to be a franchise left tackle.
Armanti Edwards - reminds me a lot of Julian Edelman, but with better throwing skills. Amazingly productive. For the record, I called Edelman to the Patriots in the seventh last year. I thought he would make a great WR. Probably the only time I've hit on a wild prediction. :D
Kevin Matthews - Clay Matthews' brother, Kevin is a solid center/guard developmental prospect. Might lack a little athleticism, but is very sound and has great football bloodlines.
Travis Ivey - 34 defenses can never have too many big men in the middle. He's a massive nose-tackle and might, might have the athleticism to play end, as well.
Mike Brandtner - really underrated directional punter. Never had a punt blocked. Drops an inordinate amount of kicks inside the 10, and often times kicks so his coverage arrives exactly when the ball does. Otherworldly performance in Texas vs. Nation game (multiple punts pinned at the 1-yard line, and a few others inside the 5 and 10).
Keiland Williams - what's up with LSU running backs? Poor guys can't stay healthy. Regardless, Williams is a versatile runner/blocker/receiver who runs hard and has fantastic agility for a big back, though he lacks top-end speed (4.5 at pro day, which isn't shabby for a #230 power back). Not really a sleeper, but he's definitely started to fly under the radar and is worth keeping an eye on.
George Johnson - despite the recent success of Rutgers players in the NFL, he's a totally overlooked DE/OLB prospect. Didn't have overwhelming stats this year, (6.5 sacks, 13 TFL), but was often asked to play in coverage instead of rush the passer, which could accelerate the transition to OLB. Hard worker, vocal player who pumps up his teammates. Has great size (6'4.5 #270) and strength (29 reps), and timed at 6.99 in the three-cone drill, which is excellent for his size. Only ran a 4.75, but is reportedly very quick in short areas. Projected as a free agent at this point, but could be an ideal 7th round gamble on a developmental OLB.
Quentin Scott - Taylor Mays size, but with better fluidity and ball skills (5 INT this year). Superb athlete, just learning the position, but extremely hard working and intelligent. Take a look at this excellent interview with JB Scouting: http://www.jbscouting.com/index.php/blog/498-interview-scott I like this guy a lot.
- 6'4, #250 LB who's a noted playmaker at the D-II level. Good insticts, very fast for his size (4.6 40), and has been scouted by the Patriots, who sent a scout to his pro day. The only real concern is level of competition--which he dominated, for the record. Could be a poor man's McClain.Jameson Konz
- prior to his pro day, only hardcore draftniks knew who he was, unless they followed the Patriots and knew that Julian Edelman had an incredibly athletic teammate in college. At 6'3 #235, he ran a 4.38 and jumped 46 inches--that's better than Taylor Mays! Konz has played LB, TE, WR, and H-back, so he comes with great positional flexibility. I think he'd be a terror on special teams while he develops into a role player at other spots.
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As you can see, the 6th and 7th rounds are an absolute gold mine of small school or underrated players. I'd like to see us pick half a dozen of these young men; they can only strengthen our team.