Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK***
posted at 3/28/2011 2:37 AM EDT
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED 2/19 w/ PRE-COMBINE MOCK***
Here's a scenario that could easily unfold. What if this happened, who do we take?
This would be a disaster. The only options I see are an OT, Kerrigan, Ingram or a trade down. Let's explore.
If Tyron Smith
kills it at his Pro Day, he'd have to be considered. Barely 20, he's a natural LT who played RT so BB will like that he can move him to either side. He compares favorably for what we look for in an OT. With an uncertain future with Light and Kaczur Smith has the most upside of the OTs IMO. I think if BB were to pull the trigger on an OL type this high (15 spots higher than he has ever done it before), Smith would make the most sense for his upside and potential to be special.
Smith 6-6, 307, 5.08, 29 reps
Vollmer 6-8, 312, 5.12 DNP reps
We discussed Ryan Kerrigan
a ton, does he fit standing up in a 34? He's a great kid, called Superman by his team mates, he's a natural leader, co-captain. He also fills a big need for us as a pass rusher. But, the question has to be answered, does it fit into a 34?
None of us like Mark Ingram
at 17 much less 33. But we have to consider the Heisman Trophy winner based on the Nick Saban connection and that all the guys at Alabama are emphatically saying that Ingram is the next Emmitt Smith. Not just Saban and the Alabama people are saying this, Marshall Faulk has said it. We have to consider that in 2009 Ingram broke the Alabama school record with 1,658 years and he did so against 6 top 25 ranked teams. His down 2010 could be contributed to having his knee scoped just days before the start of the 2010 season. He missed the first two games, but when he came back he scored a pair of TD in each of his first 3 games back. He production also dipped because of the emergence of his Trent Richardson, but Ingram still averaged 5.6 ypc in the toughest conference.
Let's not forget BB drafted Maroney at 21, just 4 spots behind where we are. Does BB value the opinion of Nick Saban and buy into the idea that Ingram could be the next Emmitt Smith? If we wind the clock back one year a lot of us were drooling about the prospect of getting a high pick from the Raiders and being able to land Ingram. Obvious that was before BJGE emerged and before Ingram had a "down" year. I think we need to consider his at 17 if he gets past Miami. TB is sitting at 20 and they'd be delighted to get him. Brady isn't going to play forever and a young QB can really benefit from a power running game. I'm not advocating we take Ingram or that BB would consider a RB this high again, I'm just throwing this out there.
four teams you dont have taking qb's have qb needs. many top analysts have 3-5 or qbs going round 1 including seattle.
i'm thinking 1 more of those teams you don't have taking qb before us do.
of course it is an option. they are all the best defensive players in the draft, outside of pouncey and the qb's.
if you are the kerrigan guys here, you take kerrigan.
if you think he can play standing up, can pick up bb's system and get after the passer in the nfl, hell yeah, take kerrigan and get the best de left.
if i'm bb, ive had these interviews, do the film test with all of them; i know their background and whether i think they can play in my system and stand for the patriot way. i target 2 olb's and 2 de's from 16 and above here plus kerrigan and i map out a way to get my tandem with an "a" option and a fallback option for my 2nd choice in each case. knowing bb, if he did do this he would find the cheapest way of doing it (ie players of these who would likely fall the farthest).
then i get my 2 offensive lineman . if any bullets left, what diamonds in the rough might help our team. hit fa fo rb and wide receiver. tell craft to get his -it together and get a cba done the week after the draft.
goal: 2 in 4.
brady retires most sb wins in history.
bb sticks around another 10 yrs. becomes the coach with most sb wins in history winning 3-5 in the 10 years after brady's retirement, finally learning some flexibility, trading up when it is more prudent and becoming comfortable again having weighty coordinators working for him like the weisses, etc.
we all live happy into our later years and tell the stories.
the u.s. quits these senseless wars to make billionaires richer, and nations work together for the actual betterment of the lives of ALL world citizens.