Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***! UPDATED W/ MOCK V3 4/12!
posted at 4/29/2012 3:55 PM 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! : helpful seattle, wilson made only honorable mention at his postion for the conference. you make him sound better than 25th rated safety in the country. although the read is that he is good against the run, not so good against the pass.
Posted by bredbru[/QUOTE]
i was simply trying to understand why bb had him rated so high and the rest seems to rate him pretty low. it does not explain why he pulled the trigger on wilson at 48.
here's i rationalize to myself why bb likes the kid. i do not know if that game is a reflection of every game illinois plays, but i was a bit confused about what his real position is. if he is a S, it was weird because he lined up quite a bit as a CB covering a WR with little S help. if he is a CB, it was also weird because he certainly lined up a lot as a S.
i think bb likes his versatility and bb was evaluating him base don how he thinks he would use the kid.
speculating now on the other evaluators' pov... i believe for the purposes of the draft, most people evaluate a prospect as one who purely plays one position. they evaluate the kid as whether he's a great cb, or a great s. how do you evaluate a kid who plays cb half the time and s half the time?
as i was watching the game, a comment from one of the reviews on him stuck out "he's good at many things but does not really standout on anything". it made sense, especially when you think about "pundits" who have no knowledge of what kind of team the pats wants to build, and what kind of people the team needs.
i don't know how unique that ability to play both positions is. it seems that bb thinks this kid is better than anyone else he'd seen play both roles.
as i said, if other teams are not seeing that value, what i am thinking here does not explain why he felt he needed to pull the trigger. maybe he gives other teams more respect than everyone else thinks - he thinks this is the way that teams have to go in the passing league that the nfl has become, and he did not think it was smart to assume that he is the only one who realizes this. so at the slightest hint of someone even interested in the kid, he made the move.