Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** MOCK V1 ADDED
posted at 1/7/2012 9:41 PM EST
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** MOCK V1 ADDED
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** MOCK V1 ADDED : re" Spikes or Fletcher which I don't see happening. Sure, Hightower is an upgrade over both, but to me rich if we had to grab him in round 1 given what we have." agreed. however i think we definitely need to upgrade. im not happy really with any of our lbs. lifer and eng, what is yoru strategy? how bout a curry and brown startegy (assuming we could target where brown is going and get there).
Posted by bredbru[/QUOTE]
Strategy on our LB corps? This is a good question. I proposed very early in this thread to take a look at Zach Brown from UNC. Pats7393 brought him up recently and PatsEng commented on him being a poor man's version of Von Miller which may be true.
MB most recently brought up potentially using Hightower as a 3-4 OLB. So, lots of discussion on the topic and depends in part what style defense BB runs, and how he values certain kids against said positions based on where he's drafting.
My opinion is we are set inside. Mayo, Spikes and Fletcher are all good ILBs in either scheme. Mayo, Fletcher provide versatility to play outside in the 4-3, but not to date in our 3-4. Based on current personnel, 3-4 OLB's is where our weakness is at the moment.
Hightower and Zach Brown should roughly come off the board around the same time based on what I've seen to date. If this holds true, it would again depend on what scheme BB wants to run. Hightower would prove the more versatile, Brown a small 4-3 OLB with speed and underrated power.
So ask yourself, if we use Spikes in the middle, Mayo and Fletcher outside in a 4-3, is that enough? I don't see much in the way of depth here either.
Meanwhile, you have Mayo/Spikes inside in the 3-4 with Fletcher providing depth, not much of anything on the outside unless you think highly of Anderson, Nink or Cunningham here.
Personally, if I was rebuilding the LB corps, I would take Hightower over Brown (IF we go back to more 3-4), and then look later in the draft to pick up a speedy 4-3 OLB. I want to think Cunningham may turn into somehting. He and Hightower outside could get it done. That's puttinga lot of trust in Cunningham. IF we run more 4-3, then a guy like Brown would be valuable albeit a bit undersized for BB as he won't be able to really use him anywhere else other than possibly that safety that plays in the box. He might actually be pretty good in that role as he is decent in coverage too.
Then comes the DL..., we have issues in the front 3. We don't really have any dominating 3-4 DL other than Vince. The rest in my mind are all depth. Deaderick, Brace mediocre. Love is a 4-3 DT, and I think he gets pushed around too much in the NT role even if you swing Vince outside.
To me, we have a larger gap in player talent in the 3-4. Even if you take Hightower, the other OLB spot is vacant good talent. Then you have to also possibly add 1-2, 3-4 DEs. Seems tricky given this year is not deep in 3-4 DL talent. If we drafted Watt or someone like that last year, different discussion.
So, long story short...I would look at some speedy 4-3 OLB's. Brown top of my list. He has done nothing but produce. Tackles, sacks, INTs, FFs, etc.
Short list would look like this by round;
1. Zach Brown (1st/early 2nd)
2. Ronnell Lewis (2nd)
3. Chase Thomas (3rd)
4. Danny Trevathan (3rd/4th)
5. Nico Johnson (3rd/4th)
IF we wanted to use some early picks on defense, and draft a 3-4 OLB (Hightower) and a 3-4 DE, I would be good with that. But, we would need to do both or pick up a 3-4 DE in FA. I like Hightower as well, so I would pair him up with;
1. Devon Still (1st)
2. Wolfe (2nd)
This is about as far down the board I would take a 3-4 DE if we go that route. I don't care for much anyone else. Winn is MB's guy and I like him okay, but Still and Wolfe I like better.
I know this wont' be received well, but I would use my 1st 4 picks on defense to rebuild the front 7 and Safety position.
My 1st 5 picks would look like this....I believe the 1st 4 would also provide some scheme versatility....
1. Hightower (3-4 OLB/ILB)
2. Mercilus (3-4 OLB/4-3 DE)
3. Wolfe (3-4 DE/4-3 DT)
4. Mark Barron (SS)
5. TY Hilton (WR)