Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED MOCK 1/15***
posted at 2/9/2011 9:58 AM EST
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED MOCK 1/15***
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED MOCK 1/15*** : This was a phenomonal draft for the Patriots. It would have been perfect if they had picked Dunlap over Cunningham. Find me another guy who is 6'6 and 280Lbs, runs 4.6, and had two years of big-time production at the college level. What a regretable miss! Here is a hypothetical question: who would you pick: JJ Watt at #17 or Dunlap with DUI at #54? Had we picked Dunlap, we would have won the Super Bowl. Can you imagine the creative ways that BB can deploy a physical freak like Dunalp? Here is a quote from PFT: Finally cracking Cincinnati’s defensive rotation in Week Ten, Dunlap ripped through offensive lines en route to 9.5 sacks in the final eight weeks. Despite not starting a single game, the former Florida Gator finished the season as the Bengals’ sack leader by a wide margin. Next closest was fellow rookie Geno Atkins, a defensive tackle, with 6.5 fewer sacks than Dunlap. Had Dunlap received full-time snaps in 2010, he very well may have given Ndamukong Suh a run for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Posted by TrustBill
I think that is the wrong question to ask.
It would be Dunlap vs Cunningham not Watt. Watt would play 3-4 DE and not 3-4 OLB although he could also play 4-3 DE when you want to use that alignment. I don't think anyone ever envisioned Dunlap taking on double teams as a 3-4 DE.
1) Dunlap played his normal 4-3 DE position
2) Cunningham made the successful switch to 3-4 OLB and started. Dunlap may have as well but the fact is we do NOT KNOW.
3) Dunlap, per your posted comments from PFT, never started a single game - ZERO. He was used situationally only and never assumed the starting job, even playing his natural position.
4) Cunningham started 11 games and took over the fulltime starting job.
5) Starts aside, I don't know what the total number of plays differential was?
6) Dunlap beats Cunningham handily on sacks 9.5 vs 1.0
7) Cunningham beats Dunlap in Tackles. That's in total, solo and assists.
8) Dunlap had 3 passes defended to Cunninghams 1 and assume those are basically hand up blocks during a pass rush as I doubt Dunlap was ever asked to work in space as a 3-4 OLB would be doing as part of his responsibilities.
9) Cunningham had 2 forced fumbles while Dunlap had 0.
10) Age is basically a wash, Dunlap is a year younger i believe but both are just kids at 21 and 22.
11) Character, locker room presence, and fulltime motor (work ethic) goes to Cunningham obviously.
12) Drafted back to back.
As a side note Cunningham avg. .79 sacks a game as a 4-3 DE situational pass rusher but cost a high 2nd round #54 draft pick. Avg. 2 tackles a game and no forced fumbles for the season.
The Patriots on the other hand signed a UDFA to play that role for 4 games and 1 playoff and got .4 sacks a game. 3.2 tackles a game and 2 forced fumbles. That's still while getting a new starting OLB with the 2nd round pick.
Simply we unfortunately have no idea or facts as to how Dunlap would have performed in the Patriots system or even how he would have been used.
I actually thought they would take a shot on Dunlap when he slipped to them in the 2nd but based on everything I just wrote can't in good conscience say they made some sort of egregious error.