Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED MOCK 1/15***
posted at 1/22/2011 11:36 AM EST
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED MOCK 1/15***
[QUOTE]Hey Guys, great to see you back mbeaulieu07 , Faucetman , auchhhhhhhhhhh , and the rest of you. I read a the last few pages and must say very good draft ideas out there. The one I like the most is drafting Ingram with our first pick. We need a good back we can rely on when we need to run the football, and when you look a bit ahead after the Tom Brady era in, lets say 3-4 years, a good back would be a huge gift for a young Quaterback. After Ingram I'll go with the best player available, preferably DE/OLG or OG, but we know Bill, he always does the opposite of what one thinks, thats why I like the Ingram Pick. It also could be the Time where Bill trades up the Boards, I mean we already have so many first and second year players.
Posted by akaitcho[/QUOTE]
Good to see you again Akaitcho, you have some catching up to do:)).
This is a very deep draft at RB but there are no top 15 talents. I have 16 RBs that I would grade in the top 5 rounds. But only two teams have RB as their clear cut top needs, the Dolphins and Bucs. Two other teams NO and GB have high RB needs but they have other needs at the same priority level.
Since MIA is at 15, they will have the back of their choice. I put RB a bit lower on our list of needs so I would not favor drafting a back until much later at this time. 17 teams have no RB need so I wouldn't expect them to be in the market until the very late rounds, if at all.
There are only 10 teams that need or could use a starting RB. Most of those teams have other priorities. I've listed them below along with the order of their higher priorities:
DEN (2) TE, DE, CB RB #4
CIN (4) OT, DE RB #3
WAS (10) QB, WR, OT, OG RB #5
STL (14) WR, OG, TE, DE, DT, OLB, SS RB #8
MIA (15) RB #1
, C, QB, OG
NE (17) OT, OG, OLB, DE, CB RB #6
TB (20) RB #1
, DE, OLB, ILB
NO (24) DE, DT, OLB, SS, RB tied at same need.
SEA (25) OT, OG, C, SS, QB, RB #6
GB (32*) OG, OLB, RB tied at same need.
* final draft position TBD
I'm quite certain that GMs know that they can get a quality RB just about anywhere in the draft so for teams that have higher needs, I think they will fill those needs first.