Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1***
posted at 10/21/2010 8:09 AM EDT
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1***
2011 MOCK V1 (Rounds 1-4) I’m looking for BB to continue his roster overhaul adding even more talent, speed, intelligence, versatility and character to their roster. Below is my first attempt at predicting what direction they may go: Rd 1 (Raiders) – Prince Amukamara (6-0 203 CB Nebraska)- Senior : An elite talent, great size, speed combo for a CB, shut down potential, scheme diverse, solid/secure tackler, great instincts and recognition skills, excellent ball skills. He could immediately push Bodden for a starting position opposite McCourty. Rd 1 (Assigned) – Ryan Kerrigan (6-4 263 OLB/DE Purdue) – Senior : Ideal size with good instincts with ability to get after the QB, pressure the pocket and make plays behind the LOS. He’s also shown the ability to set the edge vs. the run and didn’t look out of place when asked to drop into coverage. He was the team MVP for the 2009 season, is a captain in 2010 and is a two-time Big Ten All-Academic recipient. Rd 2 (Panthers) – Gabe Carimi (6-7 318 OT Wisconsin )- Senior : A big, tough, strong, nasty, smart. He’s the typical blue-collar type OT that BB generally targets. He could be the eventual starter at RT assuming Vollmer moves to LT. Rd 2 (Assigned) - Christian Ballard (6-4 296 DE Iowa) – Senior : Possesses the size and length that BB covets in his 5-techs. He’s smart, versatile, and stout at the POA, has the ability to get after the QB and has the Iowa/Ferentz pedigree. He may get some 1 st round consideration. Rd 3 (Vikings) - Robert Sands (6-5 220 S WVU) - Junior : Great size/speed combo, good instincts and ball skills, aggressive yet secure tackler. He could be the long term compliment to Chung in the NE secondary. Rd 3 (Assigned)- Jacquizz Rodgers (5-7 190 RB/WR Oregon State)- Junior : Tough as nails, plays with a chip on his shoulder, elite speed and quickness, electric with the ball in his hands, would provide a ton of value/versatility/big play ability to the offense. Rd 4- (Broncos)-***TRADED TO SEATTLE FOR BRANCH*** Rd 4- (Assigned)- Bilal Powell (6-0 215 RB Louisville)- Senior : A relative unknown at this point, he possesses a great combo of power, burst and vision, shows some big play ability (3 70+ yd TD runs in 2010) and reminds me of Frank Gore in both looks and running style. He would bring an upgrade of youth and talent to the NE backfield allowing BJGE to move back to a #2 or #3 back which I think better fits his skill set.
Posted by mbeaulieu07
I do like Carimi and think he blend in nicely as a RT.
I don't however think spending a top 10 pick on a cb is way to soon for this team. You still have Bodden locked up for 3 more years and you aren't about to move him to nickel. McCourty looks like the real deal and you won't be moving him to nickel either. Drafting a CB that high means someone's playing nickel and being wasted. If it's a top 10 pick I expect then to fortify their lines first both adding depth to a second unit in the nickel.
I like Kerrigan but not that early. As a OLB right now he's a mid 2nd to 3rd, his value is higher for a 43 DE though. That could change but I still like Beal over Kerrigan. Beal seems more like the prototypical rusher who has a ton of experience in the 2 point and better overall size and atheletism.
You know my feelings on Woodhead. I don't want to use a pick on another player similiar to him, Rodgers. But another line player like Boren would be great in that pick.
I do like Powell and plan to continu watching him. His size speed and between the tackels running style seems to fit perfectly with BJGE and Woodhead. I would love to have him on the team.