Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** MOCK V1 ADDED
posted at 1/9/2012 3:54 PM EST
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** MOCK V1 ADDED
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** MOCK V1 ADDED : Hi Faucet, I agree with your points on the OLBs, reason I like Zach Brown. I know he's an undersized player if you are looking at a 34 but in a 43 he's pure OLB that can rush and cover TEs/RBs actually he might be fast enough to cover some WRs. Don't know if BB completely changes his views on size/weight of LBs but in a 43 with a heavy 4 down DL you can have this type player. Denver has done a great job at this with Von miller, not that I'm saying Brown is in Miller's category but that type of role. On Cunningham, I would not be shocked actually will be relieved if he's done before camp is over. I don't think he is more than a backup, he doesn't have the speed to be an everdown player. Mention speed because he does have the size to play the run but he just doesn't get to the QB. I would like for them to replace him with a kid like Jake Bequette, 6'5" 271 reporterly runs under 4.7. He has been a leader of Arkansas D has been a beast. I want to see him in some LB drills see how fluid he is but as a pure DE he has the first step and strenght to create a pass rush. None stop motor, brings it every play. If BB doesn't go after one of the big name DEs early I keep my eye out for Bequette in the 3rd. If you get Brown in the 1st, Bradon Thompson DT in the 2nd and Bequette in the 3rd the 43/but D is improved IMO. These picks are if BB commits to keeping that 43 D as the base.
Posted by Pats7393[/QUOTE]
The million dollar question once again...will BB commit to the 4-3 long term?
If he does, I put higher value on Brown than Hightower for us. If not, the other way around. Maybe he splits the difference and picks up a kid like Ronnell Lewis from Oklahoma. Although some academic red flags around Lewis, he has good size, speed (supposed sub 4.5), strength for the 4-3 or 3-4.
I really like Brown however. It will probably take one of our 1sts to get him. He plays bigger than he is, and like you said, if we have 4 big DL upfront, it should make his job a bit easier.
Lets assume for a second BB decides to commit to the 4-3. Who from this class would you pick for DE or DT? Personally, assuming Carter and Anderson come back, I would pencil Carter in at RDE, and Anderson again comes off the bench with Deaderick. Love is not starting caliber to me, and Pryor can't stay healthy.
That means we have room at LDE and DT, at least 2 positions to upgrade if not glaring holes.
Luckily, the 2012 FA class is fairly decent as far as 4-3 DEs go depending on how much we wanted to commit.
Here's my FA short list in no particular order;
1. Robert Mathis
2. Calais Campbell
3. Cliff Avril
4. Matt Roth
5. Jeremy Mincey (maybe 2nd time is a charm?)
If we picked up one of them, and drafted a 4-3 DT/3-4 DE, like Wolfe, I would be happy. It depends on what BB looks for from his 4-3 DTs. Do you want a spaceeater like Brandon Thompson, who can command double teams and maybe set a kid like Zach Brown loose, or a kid like Wolfe who can penetrate from inside?
Okay, I'll take a shot at FA/Draft in terms of what's been discussed here and what I think would be ideal..be back after this conference call...