Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***WITH NEW MOCK***
posted at 1/3/2011 1:44 AM EST
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***WITH NEW MOCK***
WRT Ayers, I live out west and have seen him play a few times; he was impressive each time. I did not see the Oregon v. UCLA game, but I can image that the entire UCLA Defense just plain ran out of gas ... that Quack Attack is a D killer, they did it to Stanford - a heck of a team in their own right. Regarding the WR roster issue - very good point - I guess I am being impacted by the negativity emanating from the Globesters towards Tate and Price. I like Tate, but Tom's reluctance to throw balls to him is disconcerting. His injury history has really hurt his development as a pass catcher and route runner. But if BB thinks Tate and Price are REAL receivers, then, for sure Pats should NOT draft a WR in 2011 draft. I'd rather try and get a CB - a Jimmy Smith, Curtis Brown or Ras-I Dowling - with the draft pick. Wilhite is not an NFL player, and Butler may not be either ....
Posted by CanadianPat
One thing to consider is an expanded roster that would come with an 18 game schedule. If teams go from 53 to 55 another WR given the age and injury history of Welker and Branch would make a ton of sense. We really are in such a great position. We have no burning needs. Unlike this year, I don't see 4-5 rookies starting next year. We are drafting for depth and the future.
If we look at our upcoming free agents here are our questions/concerns. Obviously Mankins and Light for 2010. BJGE, Wendell and Arrington are restricted so they won't be going anywhere. Page and G. Warren are also free agents. I'm not worried about losing Taylor, Ojinnaka, Morris or White.
For 2011 we have Meriweather, Crumpler, Branch, Sanders, Wilhite, Koppen, Slater, Ninkovich, LeVoir, Connolly, Guyton, Hoyer, Love, Neal and Welker with contracts running out. Neal and Crump will likely hang them after 2011 or the moment they slide on that ring. Hoyer and Love will be restricted. Branch won't be worth the money and will be turning 33 before 2012. Meriweather will expect a HUGE pay day and with each Pro Bowl his price goes up (not sure he's worth the hype). My concerns are with Sanders, Nink, Connolly, Guyton and Welker.
As for Ayers, I only saw him once and I was likely too harsh on him so I will defer to you since you've seen him play more than me.