Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 12/9/2012 2:36 PM EST
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
In response to speedster81's comment:
Just Realised Edelman's contract is up at the end of this season and we all know Welker isnt a lock to be back next year. Think about it, Lloyd could be the only true WR on the roster once the season ends.
Thus, while my previous preference was getting a DT or DE in the first, much like the 2009 season where both TE's watson and smith were let go and you just knew the Pats would be picking TE in the draft and also after the 10 season where Neal retired, Lights contract was up and there wasnt certainty he would be back, Mankins was in a contract dispute with the team, you knew they would be going OL in the draft. They ended up with Gronkowski in the 2nd and Henandez in the 4th in 2010 and Solder in the first in 2011. I have to believe they will be targeting a WR or 2 relatively early this year.
Robert Woods has had a disappointing year as he has been nagged by an ankle injury all year. The guy has gone from a potential top 5 pick to a borderline 1st rounder in many people's opinion. He would make a great 1st round selection. He is the rare receiver that can play all WR positions coming out of college. You could stick him on an Iso route on the outside and expect him to win against his man, he can play slot, has great RAC ability making him ideal for slants,screens and can be your designated KR/PR if you choose not to resign edelman. Too much value to pass up. Possibly the best combination of route running and hands for WR prospects in a few years. Knock on him is his size as he is only about 6-1, 190.
The other WR prospect that really intrigues me possible in the 3rd round is Marcus Davis from Virginia Tech. At 6-4, 232 and sub 4.5 speed he is a legit deep ball threat. His stats have been hurt by playing with the inconsistent QB Logan Thomas but he still boasts about 2O Yards per catch average. Watching him, you see him repeatedly bail out his QB on porly thrown balls. Has really good hands and fights for the ball in the air. Good route runner. Knock on him is whether he can play in NE's offense as VT has a pretty simple offense.
I could very well see them spending a Day 2 pick on a WR, though I'd be pretty surprised to see them pull the trigger in Rd 1. Woods is a kid I had profiled a ways back and I agree with your assessment... has a very good combo of what BB likes in his WR's; very good/elite straight lined speed, good hands, good RAC ability and is a solid route runner... I'm generally not a huge fan of SC kids, but he's the exception.
I also like Tex A&M WR Ryan Swope who projects very well into NE's offense... decent size (6-0 205), very good hands, catches the ball well in traffic and has some RAC ability... not a game breaker, but someone who projects as a reliable slot guy and target for Brady.
At the end of the day, I think Edelman is brought back... I also think they should bring Welker back as well, as his importance to the offense is evident.
agreed on your last points.
wr addition thru fa or an udfa someone who can get separation outside