Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1***
posted at 12/7/2010 6:46 PM EST
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1***
Just my two cents, but it seems the draft discussion revolves around an arguement between ESSENTIALS and LUXURIES. The ESSENTIALS are DE, OLB, OT and OG - especially if we lose Light and Mankins. The LUXURIES are RB, WR and CB. Now of course many are going to argue vehemently that RB, WR and CB are essentials but I just don't see it. Here's why... WR - Aaron Hernandez is the youngest player in the league and over the next couple of seasons I see Brady developing the same trust and rapport with him that he has with Welker and Branch. The kid is a player. Edelman has had a flat season but he started hurt and with the two TE formations just hasn't got the reps this year. But again, the kid is a player. Maybe Tate does not have #1 or 2 WR potential but given his return abilities he is a great #4. And I don't buy the horrible hands arguement. DId you see Reggie Wayne drop several the other night, and then make a spectacular catch. Most drops are concentration and that can improve. I still believe in Tate. And who knows about Price. So sure, Branch is older and will have to have his contract redone, but I still think draftting a WR with one of the top four picks is ill advised. RB - Belichick obviously is happy with BJGE and Woody. Ingram is the only RB talked about in the first round but again I just don't see it. I'd much rather see a FA like Ronnie Brown or Michael Bush coupled with a 3rd round pick. CB - Yeah, I would be sorely tempted if a shutdown corner was there with the OAK pick, but I still think the pash rush takes presedence. The CB I like is Aaron Williams of Texas. BUt if you believe in Bodden and Butler, and think Arrington and Wihlite provide decent depth, I'd be content to take a sleeper CB with the Minn 3rd rounder. Today I am going with Constanza, Crick, Herzlich and O'Dowd as my top four picks. tomorrow is another day.
Posted by pumpsiefan
This is a very well thought out and argued post. I agree completely with your premise that there are ESSENTIALS AND LUXURIES. RB, WR and CB (with the return of Bodden) are luxuries. I too am happy with the BJGE/Woody tandem as our primary backs. As long as we have Brady, we will be a possession passing team that uses the run to set up play action. Obviously we need to replace Morris and Taylor but it doesn't mean we have to use the draft. BB prefers to get F/A RBs on the cheap so this is what he will likely do again. WR isn't a huge need position. I think we should add 1 but again, where and who?? Until Price sees the field, we can't comment on him. Until Tate shows he can get open and involved consistently, not sure I agree he's the answer but is WR an ESSENTIAL? No.
For me landing a stud DL like Fairley and/or Watt would go a long way towards enhancing our pass rush. Adding a rush OLB doesn't necessarily get you more sacks if the OL is playing our 3 man D line straight up. We have a NT who gets doubled. We need a 34 DE that they also must double so a rush OLB can come free. Fairley more so than Watt will give you a bull rush threat that is missing today. He will get in the backfield disrupting the QB.
I think we must keep Mankins. That way we are drafting an OG to develop and he won't be asked to step in day 1. OGs can be found 3rd round and later and be developed. I don't think we can afford Light and Mankins so if it comes to a choice, Light being the older and less effective, we replace Light either with a draft pick like Castonzo or with Vollmer and we either play Kaz or draft a RT. These 4 needs can be addressed with 5 picks and we still have 2 picks for trading or luxuries.