Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1***
posted at 10/24/2010 12:26 PM EDT
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1***
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1*** : You know, we could add an OT and two C/OG types in the draft and it wouldn't hurt my feelings at all. If we consider that Light isn't worth the $5MM + he will want next year, Neal is pushing 90 and Mankins is gone the need at OL becomes clear. I do think Connolly has established himself at one of those interior spots and he can play all three. For years I've been feeling Kaczur could be upgraded assuming he recovers for next year. I also feel the same way about Koppen. All these guys are over 30. Wendell and Ohrnberger are undersized at 6-2, 290-300. I really think we need to re-build our line around Vollmer and Connolly at this point with LeVoir in the mix. I'm not saying we cut Koppen, Neal or Kaczur. I think we keep them one more year to develop some new guys behind them and let competition play itself out in camp next year. I was really impressed with Gabe Carimi yesterday. He squared off against Adrian Clayborn all day yesterday and pretty much handled him. I've got Clayborn as the top rated DE in the country. There were a couple of times that Clayborn got around Carimi and got pressure on the QB but in those cases the QB held the ball too long. I didn't see the whole game but for the most part that I did watch Carimi was impressive. His buddy next to him at LG, Moffit was also impressive. Clearly the left side of that Wisconsin line got the better of Iowa's vaulted DL. Wisconsin ran through those guys all day long. It doesn't hurt when you have a bulldozer in John Clay either. I'd take Clay, Moffit and Carimi if I could. If I could dream for a minute, I might do something like this. 1a. CB Patrick Peterson , LSU, 6-0, 211, 4.42 or Prince Amukamara , Nebraska 6-0, 200, 4.49. Let's make our weakest position a strength. Butler and Wheatley appear to be busts, one of them can go. Wihite at least gives some depth but Bodden, McCourty and one of these guys would be our nucleus and finally solidify a secondary for years to come that has been suspect since Samuel left. 1b. OT Gabe Carimi , Wisconsin 6-7, 322, 5.12 He handled the nation's best DE all day and that's good enough for me. With Light likely leaving we bring in a new LT which allow Vollmer to stay on the right side where he is a beast in the run game. 2a. OLB Ryan Kerrigan , Purdue, 6-4, 263, 4.82 A DE in college, Kerrigan racked up 25 sacks. He projects as a 34 OLB in the NFL. A team captain, who is smart, can bench 475 lbs and has the nickname "Superman" makes me wonder if he may go higher than 34 where I have him. If he's gone, perhaps Mark Herzlich here. 2b. DT Nick Fairley , Auburn, 6-4, 298, 4.98. By draft day this kid could be a first rounder if he declares. He's been called the MVP of defensive linemen in the SEC. He has the perfect size and big play ability you want from a 5 technique DE. He could be a steal if still there late 50s, early 60s. 3a. RG Ricky Henry , Nebraska, 6-3, 305, 5.28. He hasn't been talked about much until now but he's a mean and nasty guard who used to give Ndamukong Suh fits in practice. 3b. LG John Moffit , Wisconsin, 6-4, 323, 5.28. He's a big part of the best OL in college and received first team All Big 10 honors last year. He has played a little at center giving BB some diversity that he loves on his OL. 4. WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos , Iowa, 6-0, 200, 4.52. He won't set the world on fire but by the time he hangs up his college cleats he will be the all time leading receiver at Iowa. He's a solid route runner with sure hands and can absorb the big hit while holding onto the football. He could be the perfect 3rd WR option for Brady. I know, no running backs. BB will pick up a couple in free agency like he always does and perhaps we take one with our 6th round comp pick. With $25MM in cap space we should be able to sign a #1 WR, a #1 RB and perhaps a stud FS. I haven't checked out who might be available but this will be the deepest F/A class ever. This draft solidifies our secondary and OL for years and also provides upgrades to OLB and DL. Thoughts?
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the wisconsin OL has been doing that all season so far. that OL is the reason why their RBs are racking up their stats.
and it is not just the result that i like about the linemen. i don;t know if you caught any, but they showed a ot of slomos of the OL opeing up lanes yesterday. you should have noticed how #68 and #74 really had good leverage. one-on-one, they'd be very hard to overpower or even resist. and when they make mistakes, they are atheltic enough to recover without resorting to borderline holds. they did that against clayborn yesterday. ohio state's heyward completel disappeared last week.
if their starting C (#66) plays next week, try to catch their game. he's another one on that OL who's interesting. he'd be a very good catch in the third or fourth rnd (assuming people haven't noticed him yet).
just like the wis off-line, i like fairley because he plays game in game out. i don't think he's had a bad game. it says a lot about his unique mental toughness. he's actually 10 lbs lighter than i like for 3-4 DEs, but that kind of consistent effort is harder to find. besides, tht guy would be unstoppable as a DE on a 3-4.
i do think he will be in the top 10. auburn is doing well, so he's not going to be under the radar.
that said, not that it matters to nwe at this point, but i am guessing cam newton is climbing the charts really fast.