Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 1/3/2013 10:35 PM EST
In response to speedster81's comment:
Im getting the feeling that the best value at the end of round 1/start of round 2 will be with Safeties. I would not be surprised to see the 3 top safeties in Tony Jefferson,Kenny Vaccaro and Matt Elam available when the Pats are on the board. If that is the case, I will be intrigued to see if the Pats do pick one and if they do which they get.
Tony Jefferson is in my opinion the best pure Free Safety of the bunch. If you are primarily looking for a guy who can seat deep, read routes developing in front of him and then click and close to disrupt the pass then he is your guy. He is not as physical as Matt Elam nor as good a tackler. He also does not match Kenny Vaccaro's man coverage ability. However he has better range and more experience playing the deep position than either of those 2 guys. NFL comparison in terms of style of play is Ed Reed.
Matt Elam is best playing closer to the line of scrimmage. He is a very reliable tackler, does a great job shedding blocks and sorting through trash to get to the ball carrier and is ok in coverage. Watching him brings to mind what Patrick Chung is supposed to be. He is ok in man and zone and playing deep but that is not what he excels at. Much better playing a traditional Strong Safety position.
Kenny Vaccaro is admittedly my favorite prospect for what he can potentially enable a defense to do schematically.In 2010, if you recall Belichick tried running a heavy nickel with 3 safeties as the base. Brandon Merriweather and James Sanders played the traditional safety roles and Patrick Chung played the slot position currently played by Arrington/ Marquice Cole.Eventually, the package was scrapped because Chung while effective playing the run and blitzing as a slot defender, really struggled when he was forced to carry the Slot Receiver/ TE down the field in man coverage. Recall for instance how Manning and Blair White/Tamme torched him in that 2010 game. This brings me to Kenny Vaccaro.I have never seen a safety play man coverage in the slot as effectively as he does. He has the rare ability to play the traditional WR and TE in man coverage.Check out how he played against Ryan Broyles and Tavon Austin for instance. He is also a pretty good blitzer and a good run defender to boot. Playing a 3 safety package with him as the slot defender greatly increases your pass defense while not killing your run defense like using a CB in the nickel would and does.I am however skeptical the Pats would pick him since I think Tavon Wilson was selected with the aforementioned role in mind. Fascinated to see how things turn out.
love vaccaeo, but if we had the luxury of not having so many needs (to stay capable of winning a super bowl (see nfc teams).
gotta have another pass rusher, a safety who can cover adn hit, a speed lb, c/g, big outside wr, ideally cb (a big one), maybe dt
best way i see to do that is to keep the resigns resonable ie vollmer 6-7 mil range (or replace him if need be), welker 6 mil for 3-4, talib 4-6 mil for 3 to 4
pickup on of the many pass rushers in fa
safety in fa
rhodes in 1, 1 of the wr i lsted in 2, frederick in 3.
leaves cover lb and dt still