Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***! UPDATED W/ MOCK V3 4/12!
posted at 4/23/2012 9:51 PM EDT
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***! UPDATED W/ MOCK V3 4/12!
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***! UPDATED W/ MOCK V3 4/12! : I too have dropped McClellin to the Rd 2-3 range... concussions are a serious issue. I have Upshaw as my #1 LB, followed by Hightower and then prob Ronnell Lewis. I see don't see BB touching a DE/OLB conversion in Rd 1, but if Perry, Curry or Branch were sliding a bit in Rd 2, I'd interested, in that order. Of that that overall grouping, I'd have them Upshaw, Hightower, Perry, Lewis, Curry then Branch. I'm with you on Brockers, have him 2nd on my board behind Barron, but would be fVcken jacked to hear his name call on draft day.
Posted by mbeaulieu07
I have no doubt about Upshaws pass rushing ability. Lining him up as a 43 DE or a 34 rushing OLB I think he'll excel. I just wonder with Nin on one side and Upshaw on the other and Spikes in the middle is Mayo going to cover the entire box by himself? LB's in coverage was a large issue last year so unless they dbl up on OLB's and get a coverage OLB in the 3rd or 4th (Kendricks, Bradham, Wagner, Acho) I'm not sure if Upshaw can fill that role.
Hightower to me is very similar to Mayo. Someone who's more then solid up the middle, can cover provide it's not longer for then 4-5s, and can get to the QB at a variaty of position. I'm just not sure if he can be an every down OLB in a 34 and I don't think he can be a 43 DE. To me he's more of a 34 ILB/43 OLB where he can use his high intelligence to break plays down, read, and react(something I think is one of his strengths). If we didn't have Spikes or Mayo, Hightower would be my hands down pick but since we do have Spikes and Mayo I'd rather have a Perry, Curry, Branch, Upshaw type who are more natural OLB/DE edge rushing types
Lewis is interesting to me. He has interesting size where he wouldn't be out of place as a OLB in either a 34 or 43 system. He can drop back and might be the best coverage LB you mentioned but he's also the smallest. He might be more of a OLB/ILB like Hightower
If I had to group them I would say the best pure edge rushers would be Upshaw and Curry. Good edge rushers with ability to cover would be Perry and Branch (based on film and fluidity of drills I've seen), and the pure LB's would be Hightower and Lewis.
So I guess it's what you are looking for. If you don't think BB wants a convert LB then Hightower or Lewis would be the choice. If you are looking for the best pass rusher possible then Upshaw or Curry becomes the choice. If you want good pass rushing ability with average to better then average coverage ability then you are looking at Perry or Branch