Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 12/24/2012 1:57 AM EST
ok mb, this is how i have it:
the huuuuge glaring need for this team 1a and 1a is at off line and pass rush.
so we need a strategy that starts there. sure an elite corner would be great to have but with a weak pass rush as ours, it wont matter much.
without some o line help that can win at run blocking and pass blocking this offense will never be at its peak and therefore make successful sb bids (wins) very unlikely.
good o line talent can be chosen later in the draft, but pass rushers will be gone by late rd 1.
so we need to either get babin in the offseason or another proven pass rusher or move up with the help of 2014 picks and get a player like jordan or ansah in rd 1.
we use the rd 3 pick on frederick moving up in rd 3 if need be if we think he will be grabbed (again usign 2014 picks - we wont need a ton more youth after this year. we need more experience and a few key players).
with the rd 2 pick id like to get a dt (outside wr who can separate and catch is a need, but our ability to pick one is poor. ditto for a cb or s)
however through fa and the draft we need a safety that can hit and can cover ala j byrd or goldson who are available; a top corner to go along with talb (so we can make dennard [or dowling if he dont break] our 3rd corner); a linebacker with speed who can cover tes/rbs out of backfield, and the above mentioned big wr who can separate on the outside.
there are numerous variations obviously depending on who we target in fa.
the only scenario i can see where id be ok with taking a rhodes (cb) for instance in rd 1 is if we have the pass rusher already in fa. given my druthers id rather have a modest cb in fa who is proven and get the elite dt in rd 1 in this case (having our pass rusher in fa).
so barring fa pickup,
rd 1 de jordan/ansah
rd 2 dt williams (will he fall here? some mocks say yes, some say no)
rd 3 c/g frederick
if we dont trade up far enough to get a pass rusher in rd 1,
willimas dt in 1
hunt de in 2
frederickc/g in 3.
if we land de babin
williams dt (or barret jones c/g) in 1
best player availble (safety ie rambo/cb ie poyer/speed lb -not spotted yet/wr whoever falls)or dt willimas in 2 if barrett jones in rd 1
frederick in 3
wr in rd 7 (big separating reciver with hands possibly smalll school, div 3 etc, maybe no route running exp)