Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***
posted at 2/15/2012 10:52 AM EST
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** : I do think Mercilus is highly overrated (his tape doesn't impress me at all and I've written about it), though I do think that Burfict (emotions) and Worthy (consistency) have solid NFL potential while Brockers looks like a potential impact stud to me. Their rationale on Brockers has to be college production/experience vs. projected draft position because the skill set is there.
Posted by mbeaulieu07[/QUOTE]
I agree on Mercilus just based on his level of competition and the teams who he got his most sacks against.
2- Arizona State
1.5 -Penn State
1.5 - UCLA
1- Arkansas State
1- Western Michigan
1- Wisconsin (this one impresses)
0- South Dakota State
As for Brockers, I like him and agree he could be a beast. But do we really think we can get him for anything less than our 27/48 and that is best case? I don't. It would cost 27/31 to get him and even then who knows?
So, I'd rather go get Mario Williams and give him a Wilfork type deal and conserve those picks. I would then use pick 31 to get Arian Foster if HOU is stupid enough to only restrict him.
I've thought about this Foster thing for quite sometime. With Brady turning 35 we need to not expose him as much and the best way to do that, other than having an impeccable OL, is to give him a solid running game. Outside of A. Peterson and C. Johnson, RBs are fairly inexpensive. I bet we could get Foster for an average cap charge (first 3 years) of about $6MM. Cutting Matt Light would clear $5MM of it.
Having a solid running game allows you to keep your defense off the field longer and that alone helps a suspect defense. You improve Brady's play-action, you limit his throwing reps you can take over and control a game late. Foster is ubber elite, his career 4.7 ypc is a full yard better than we got out of BJGE last year. He had 26 TD rushing the ball the past 2 seasons compared to 24 for BJGE. At 25 he's a year younger than BJGE.
Foster is a also complete back. He's equally deadly as a receiver: 2010: 66 catches for 604, 9.2, 2 TD
2011: 53 catches for 617, 11.6, 2 TD
Talk about an ingredient that has been missing, a RB coming out of the backfield or catching screen passes. We haven't had that since Faulk got hurt. Screens to RBs used to be a huge part of our game. Screens are typically safe passes. Brady excels at them, without having a screen to RB game, Brady had 12 INTs. Look what our RBs did in the passing game last year. PATHETIC!!
Woodhead 18/31 - 157 - 8.7 - 0 TD
BJGE - 9/13 - 159 - 17.7 - 0 TD (he had the 1 long 53 yard play)
Faulk 7/9 - 34 - 4.9 - 0 TD
Ridley - 3/5 - 13 - 4.3 - 0 TD
Let's compare Foster to our RBs in RECEIVING 2011
. And this is Foster in 13 games.
/9.8/0 All Patriot RBs
Now let's compare Foster in RUSHING past two years compared to the Pats in 2011 since Foster missed 3 games in 2011.
Foster (16 games)
2011: 278/1,224/4.4/10 Foster (13 games)
All Patriot backs (BJGE, Faulk, Ridley, Woodhead, Vereen)
Who wouldn't give up pick 31 to land Foster after looking at this? Let's get Mario Williams and Brandon Carr in free agency. We move DC to FS. We use pick 27 on Hightower, resign Anderson. Love is exclusive rights so he's coming back. Our D is set and we've added a power run game that can also catch and we just got out of the first round.