Re: 2012 NFL Draft: 5 GMs That Will Destroy Their Teams with Bad Decisions
posted at 12/27/2011 11:53 PM EST
In Response to Re: 2012 NFL Draft: 5 GMs That Will Destroy Their Teams with Bad Decisions
[QUOTE]The fact is, BB went into the lockout by stocking up a base to rebuild with, not knowing what the rookie cap might look like or if there'd be one, let alone what the cap ceiling would be. NO one said the picks would be immediate superstars even if people like Gronk, Hernandez, SOlder and Cannon look really good so far. Even Mesko was a great looking pick. On D, it's definitely a steeping curve for his picks and more misses, but it's not as bas as most other NFL teams, partly due to the scouts securing fall backs like an Arrington, Love or a Fletcher type player. This meant: 1. No/limited/cheap outside FA signings. 2. Locking down core system All Pros like Brady, Gostkowski, Mankins, Wilfork, now Mayo, etc. 3. Loading up on draft picks in need areas. Some have worked, some have not, some the jury is still out on, just like most NFL teams if not BETTER than most. Keep in mind Indy waited forever to pay Manning and now is in a complete shambles with their horrendous recent drafts and budgeting. Wayne, Freeney, Mathis, etc are all possible exits after 2011, while NE has it's veteran base locked down. And BB goes into the draft in 2012 with a rookie cap with TWO 1st rd picks again? Look at the Jets as Hannah mentions. The irony of Kylie WIlson and Cromartie allowing a 99 yard TD is not lost on me. How on earth can the premise be about how BB will "destroy" this Pats future? If there was a time to use both 1st rd picks, possibly to trade up into the top 10 or top 5, now is it with a rookie cap. How many 13-3, 1st place teams will have two 1st rd picks next year? Answer? ZERO. NOs doesn't even have their own 1st rd pick. We have TWO. Even if BB was to simply sit at the back end of Round 1 and secure two nice key adds, he's sitting pretty. More anti-NE media bias.
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Remember that the Pats also have Oakland's 2nd rounder in 2012, too. In fact, with some of the trades BB has made over the past two years, the Pats' 2012 draft board is unusually "top heavy," with two picks each in the first and second rounds, one third rounder, one fourth rounder, and then zero picks after the fourth round.
So they've got six total picks but have them all come up within the first four rounds.
They're pretty well set up to make some "bold" moves in the new rookie salary cap era, if they want to do so.
And the notion that BB will "destroy" the Patriots with the next draft is so laughable it's not even worth commenting about.
Whoever wrote that piece is utterly clueless and hasn't done his homework, period.