Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED MOCK 1/15***
posted at 1/17/2011 10:42 AM EST
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED MOCK 1/15***
Faucet and MB ............ Now that I've nearly shot the dog and ripped most of my hair out I would like you to give your thoughts on what you would do now if you were BB, particularly after the devastation of today. Why can't we produce when we have to? so frustrating. Who should go, who should stay (bearing in mind salaries and contracts) and what moves in the draft and free agency should we make. I trust your judgement better that those actually running the scouting system at the Pats. Does todays' shambles change your opinions in any way?
Posted by sydpat
I'll start by saying, while this loss was tough to handle, it was only 1/17 of the season which is how I think BB will view it when he's going through his year end review with coaches and personnel staff in determining how they'll improve the team for 2011.
IMO, the areas below (in no particular order) represent the biggest room for improvement.The Secondary
- They need to upgrade their ability to cover and tackle in the secondary. They are too boom/bust IMO as they lead the NFL with 25 INT's (which masked a lot of issues) however they were beat for a ton of yards through the air (30th in the NFL) and while a portion of this can be attributed to teams playing catch up while they're in prevent, they still have a lot of problems matching up as they're 24th in the league in completion % against (63.5), 21st in YPA against (7.1) and 21 in TD's against (25) . The return of Bodden should help, but I think an upgrade in talent is needed.The Defensive Line
- This team was ravaged by injuries up front, losing Ty Warren to start the year and Wright/Brace/Pryor towards the end. They essentially had a 7th rounder and URFA (Deadrick/Love) starting last nights game, which is not ideal when facing a team the caliber of NY. Even at full strength, I still believe an injection of youth and talent is needed as Warren will be 30 and has missed 23 games over the last 3 years (17 in 2010 and 3 each in 2008 and 2009), Gerard Warren is gonna be 33 and will be a FA and outside of Wilfork, there is really no impact talent at the position.Wide Receiver
- Branch and Welker are the known commodities and I'd have to think that Taylor Price isn't going anywhere, though the rest of this unit leaves a lot to be desired. Tate is really in his first year but has been inconsistent (prob more of a 4th receiver, IMO), Edelman has flashed but has a hard time getting on the field and again is inconsistent and Slater is a ST only guy. That leaves potentially two roster spots (Edelman/Slater, assuming Branch is back) that could be targeted for an upgrade. Outside Linebacker
- I think Cunningham is a solid player and will continue to develop however Nink, TBC and Moore are what they are, IMO. Decent roster depth that really shouldn't see the bulk of your defensive snaps at the position. I think all three represent area's to upgrade the roster, talent on D.
As for the OL, a lot depends on what they do with Mankins, Light, Neal and Koppen as the first two are FA's (Mankins could be franchised), Neal is injury prone and Koppen is scheduled to become a FA in 2012.