Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***! UPDATED W/ MOCK V3 4/12!
posted at 4/21/2012 9:53 AM EDT
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***! UPDATED W/ MOCK V3 4/12!
[QUOTE]In response to "Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***! UPDATED W/ MOCK V3 4/12!": Of course you are right mb, but what about the quality of this years safety class in comparison to who,is already on the roster. Question, are any of the safety prospects other than barron and smith represent an upgrade over who we currently have in the position today? It would seem to me that there are only 3-4 kids that I might say that about in this years draft...Barron, smith, Johnson and maybe Martin. Beyond that I don't see a year 1 starter, upgrade to the fs portion of the position, or someone that can play interchangeably as you suggest unless I am missing someone? I fully expect Barron to be gone, and BB not trade up 7-12 spots to get him. Next is smith. Given Baltimore sits behind us and needs a safety as well, they would seem in prime position to grab smith who is next. That means we would have to grab smith at 27. If we don't, and Baltimore does, the only 2 guys left potentially that fit the above criteria are Johnson and Martin (unless of course I am missing someone?). Johnson has some red flags, and Martin I am not convinced is any better than McCourty or Moore playing safety. Is there anyone beyond this list that can come in right away playing opposite Chung, be flexible, and upgrade the spot over who we currently have on the roster? It would seem to me if your premise holds true that smith would have to be the guy bottom of round 1 if BB was intent on drafting S. I am still leaning toward a bigger cb conversion kid based on what we have currently, the depth of this class, and where we would need to spend a pick to upgrade the position with a fs/SS hybrid...
Posted by PatsLifer[/QUOTE]
Who's the bigger CB conversion kid that you'd take ahead of Smith (that's how I interpreted the last portion of your post)? Gilmore to me is the obvious name, but I think he's drafted as a CB first.
Barron, Smith, Iloka, Martin, Taylor and maybe an Antonio Allen, etc. are kids that I think could come in and start/contribute to the S position year one (there isn't a lot of competition on the roster).
Toss in Gilmore and Johnson if you're looking for CB's who could prob play the position though I think Gilmore should/would be a CB first as mentioned above.
Also, considering Brown and Ihedigbo were both undrafted, it's not unrealistic to think that other late round/URFA's in this class (ND CB/S Robert Blanton, Iowa S Jordan Bernstine, Oregon State CB/S Brandon Hardin, Auburn S Neiko Thorpe etc.) could be brought in to upgrade their spots.
Lastly, I think DMC's move to S last season was out of necessity and while he can play the position, I think they want him at CB... strictly my opinion.