Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 12/31/2012 3:50 PM EST
Anyone mention Margus Hunt, DE out of SMU yet? I went back a few pages and didn't see him talked about. He had a monster game in the Hawaii Bowl. Red Shirt Senior from Estona, great size, 6-7, 280 with an 82 inch wing span. He forced two fumbles and had a safety causing sack. He might be an excellent book end with Chandler Jones. CBS Sports named him the #1 Freak in College Football.
Have to say after today's game, I think we are pretty well stocked on the D line with a lot of young talent. Deaderick looked good, Francis was amazing. Of course with Jones, Vince and Love, we may pass on the DL altogether.
I still think we are weak at SS and could perhaps use a faster MLB. If we get Talib back I think he and Dennard could be the answer with McCourty moving to FS and hopefully Dowling being in the mix.
Today, my priorities would be SS, MLB then something on offense, a WR perhaps.
yeah i have been all over hunt since the beginning of the season. Dude is a beast and would look great opposite of chandler jones.
nate ive been talking about him ever since. have you read my posts?
hey faucet, hard to find where your reply was since it was not at bottom.
i agree with the safety need, but i say we get one of tghe top safetyies avail in fa.
in my mind we still need pass rusher opp jones. if we have a front who can pass rush wihtout blitzing we are much better.
agree about need for a faster lb and wr.
so i try to get safety, pass rusher and maybe even lb in free agency
if get pass rusher, i like a big tough cb a la seattle seahawks (rhodes).
one of the top big wrs in 2nd
and c/g (frederick) in 3rd.
i move up wiht 2013 picks if need be for players we need for those roles.
F/A is always a mystery when it comes to the Pats. We seldom make a major splash. The last one I recall was Thomas in '07. We do however, find some undervalued gems from time to time.
Specifically speaking team needs, I agree a stud DE opposite Jones would be nice, I just think we would be amazingly lucky to find one in our draft spot. Keep in mind, Ninko had more sacks then Jones and he played well in terms of forced fumbles etc but I don't think he's a marquis player. But we have a lot of DE options on the roster with Jones, Ninko, Cunningham, Francis, and Scott plus our interior pressure has been solid. Our defense as a whole is improved up from #31 to #25. But in terms of sacks we remain pretty poor ranked #27 with 27. This should improve with Jones having a year under his belt, etc. Again, if we can get a pass rusher at the bottom of the 1st, great, but I wouldn't count on it.
The weakness of our defense remains the secondary. We still give up too many big plays. When we were in man with Talib and Dennard, we seemed better than when in zone. McCourty sure looks like he belongs at S and I think Chung is likely to walk. This leaves Greggory, Wilson and the rugby player and none appear elite. To Mb's point, if Elam comes out and is there, he would be an excellent addition. What's the word on LSU's Eric Reid? Is he rumored to be coming out?
Hard to argue about going after one of the big WRs in the 2nd and going interior OL in the 3rd if we get a S in the first. But, it would not shock me to see BB take a TE if Eifert or Ertz come out and one is on the board. Look at how much juggling BB did at the start of the season trying to find that #3 and #4 TE.
We really don't have many holes and the ones we do have should get better with young players maturing. With Gronk and Hern only being on the field 4-5 times together all season, a top notch TE isn't out of the question either given the emphasis we place on the position.