Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***
posted at 4/8/2012 10:14 PM EDT
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***
[QUOTE]In response to "Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***": I like brockers as much as anyone else here, but to me he is incomplete. No denying he has tremendous upside, but a rs sophomore costing us 2 1 sts possibly!? I don't know. I would much rather see us grab out DL in round 2 in Wolfe. I think he can play end in both fronts and maybe even on the interior. Smith at 27? It does seem like a reach. He is the 2nd rated safety in a very shallow safety class. Do we really want to waste a 1st on him just because we have the need? Again, I go back to an earlier post where I advocated drafting another corner and relegating McCourty or Moore to FS. Or maybe converting whoever we draft. Just my opinion. Randall is okay, but he's not a kid I think can start day 1 as a 3-4 de. It will take him time. Again, I think BB trades out of round 1 all together and picks up an additional 2 and 3 this year with some stuff into next year as well.
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I don't get why Harrison Smith is rated in the mid to late 2nd. To me he has more production than Barron and doesn't have the double hernia concerns. I personally think Smith should have a late first, early second rating. He has excellent size, good speed and is pretty darn fluid from what I saw at the Combine. He's a leader, smart, big time hitter and everything you want as a Patriot. He really reminds me of Rodney Harrison.
I don't like the idea of moving McCourty to FS and here's why. Can we all agree Arrington isn't a starting NFL corner? Okay, so you are advocating for Dowling with all of two NFL games for experience and a rookie draft pick or Moore as our starting CBs. We added an old CB in Will Allen and a back-up safety at best in Gregory. To me, we've done little to address our problems in the 2nd worst secondary, not of last year, in the history of the NFL!!!
I want to draft a safety who can come in with an attitude, start from day 1 and start smashing some mouths back there and making some plays. I want to leave McCourty at CB and perhaps still draft another CB. Dowling, McCourty, Chung and Smith to me are a nice young group of 1st round and high 2nd round picks that will be vastly improved over last year and only get better from there.
I say Smith at 27 then get a pass rushing DE/OLB type at 31 be it McClellin, Branch, Mercilus, Jones, Curry, or whoever. Actually, one of these guys might still be hanging around at 48. We could either trade 31 or go off the reservation with Doug Martin, Stephen Hill or someone like that.
I like Wolfe later on as I do Kheeston and I like Mike Martin in nickel situations replacing Pryor.