Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1***
posted at 10/21/2010 4:24 PM EDT
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1***
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1*** : You are right. It's really hard to pass on that kind of depth and talent at CB. But I don't think you draft that high to move one of your budding stars or a high draft pick to only play half the downs. If you look at the high picks BB has made in his career they all have one thing in common. They all replaced a backup player with a 4 down player. Replacing 1 4 down player with another just seems like a waste when you can have the chance to put in a 4 down player in either the lines or the OLB. However, I do like the idea of moving Bodden to FS if it were possible. It would solve a couple of problems and would make room to have a rotation of McCourty, Bodden, X-CB, and Meriweather (if he's still around). That would keep them fresh and make our secondary a great strength. Assuming that Bodden can move to FS and CB in a rotation while keeping McCourty and X-CB on the field for 70% of the snaps I'll be more then happy selecting an elite CB early. However, if Bodden wouldn't be able to move over then I'd much rather upgrade the Dline or OLB. Don't forget our pass rush is kinda weak and a great pass rush can make up for a weaker secondary. But an elite secondary can't always provide enough coverage for a weaker pass rush.
Posted by PatsEng
Bodden would need to move, reason I think Bodden could actualy do that and be a good FS is his cover skills size, speed and tackling abilities. He also understands the system very well. I think it would be a pretty good secondary if you draft one of the two top CBs.
Bodden Chung as safeties
McCourty, Amukamara outside and butler weatley as nickle.
For the OLBs, I will wait until the season is done before I say we need a stud OLB. Right now Cunnigham and Crable look to be getting better everygame specially Cunningham setting the edge against the run.
Crable is a guy with speed to be an effective 3rd down rusher and Nink is holding his own. I think they will be ok here for DL, those guys have been doing a really good job so far and will only improve with more time as a unit.1a. Prince Amukamara CB 6-0 200
another McCourty type CB, 4 down player has great ball skills. It gives a new look to NE CBs, taller bigger. 1b. Jeremy Beal OLB 6'3" 260 I'm not convinced we'll need to spend a high pick on a OLB, watch Cunningham and Nink the rest of the year. If there's a need to get a stud I think Beal could be that guy.
2a. Matt Reynolds OT 6'6" 325 (Junior)
He may be a 1st rounder but I would not mind him slipping if there's a run on D players or QBs. A few places has him ranked as the top Junior tackle in the country.2b. Kenny Tate FS 6'4" 220 (Junior)
converted WR, only 3 years of S experience but looks and plays the part. He's a Junior and might now declare but he's stock is on the rise. Another 4 down player.3a. Jarvis Jenkins DT/DE 6'4" 315
Very agile for a 315 pounder, could help at DE although Deadrick might proof to be a starter yet. 3b. John Moffitt G/C 6'5" 320
Will add depth and give BB another versitile inside guy. Has played both guard and center4 Brandon Saine RB 6'0" 220
speedy RB who will deliver a hit on tacklers. Can be spread out wide and has the speed to move with CBs and beat LBs.6 Kris Adams WR 6'3" 195
player to develop, probably a PS for a year or two. Needs to polish routes.