Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***
posted at 9/17/2011 1:33 AM EDT
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread***
hey rame, yeah we could get an adeequate cb. i have said elsewhere if ras i continues to be good and even get better, id rather have a close to shut down corner. i'd like 1 yr on a vet fs. and pick up that cover safety from georgia in the draft, forgetting his name at the moment. yeah i saw ras i's free safety possibility in college as well. great ball hawk, great closing speed, hits like a strong safety, great body control in the air to make a play on the ball. think hed make a good free safety, but potential as a very good corner is tantalizing to me against these freak receivers in the league these days.
Posted by bredbru
Safeties Michael Griffin and LaRon Landry are free agents this offseason. Landry is more the SS, Griffin the FS. A Griffin-Chung duo would be 27 and 24 next year and work great together for a long time.
Jeff Saturday, who is 37, had that celebrated hug with Bob Kraft and could be a stop-gap/insurance if they choose not to add a Center in the draft but just go with Connolly. But beyond Saturday and the now injury risk Koppen there is little at Center, while the draft has 4 very talented guys as I showed above and at least 2 will be there for us with the Raiders 2nd rd pick.
Steve Smith and Brandon Lloyd are FA WR's that fit into our scheme, over say the big bucks WR's in next years class, the Jackson's (DeSean and Vincent) and Dwayne Bowe, and if one of Branch (ugh) or Johnson (ho-hum to this point) leave would fir well.
As for 4-3 DE's who rush the passer, my dream would be Mario Williams, but that is unlikely. I'd love to trade a 2nd rd pick for Osi, or if he's not the Osi of old maybe a 3rd or 4th rd pick. But signing Cliff Avril (to replace Mark Anderson) would be a good move too.
Free agency is not full of linebackers, either for the 3-4 or 4-3. I'd trade for Lance Briggs and/or use one of our 4 picks in the 1st two rounds on one.