Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 2/1/2013 2:50 PM EST
In response to jjdbrasil's comment:
Watching some old Patriots games (SB2005) and looking at this year. What stands out is the push from the DL and the edge rushing back then. The other is outstanding safety play. That was the year Troy Brown played CB and it seem Wilson and Harrison were everywhere always helping the CBs. The DL always had a push and would always try to move the QB out of his comfort zone. The Safeties didn't let anything get behind them. Another was the chipping and hitting within 5 yards of the LOS. Every play some one was doing that.
With that, I think a Safety and DT/DE will have to be #1 and#2 priority either in FA or Draft. I know some people want a WR, but I think the impact will be greater if these two are filled with quality players. This defense is very young, but not far off.
In the first 3 rounds in the Patriots range:(no order on players)
SAFETY DT DE or OLB34
Reid Jenkins Montgomery
Elam Williams, S Hunt
Thomas Williams, B Goodman
Rambo Short Carradine, Tank
Jefferson Jenkins, B
Cyprien Simon, J
There is probably more, I'll keep looking. There will also be risers and fallers, for sure.
I agree pretty much with your assessment. However, I would not rule out us restricting Chung at the 2nd Round level and hoping someone takes him. The cost wouldn't be that much ($1.8MM+/-) so if we keep him we have McCourty, Wilson, Chung, Greggory and Ebner at S and that would be a crowded field. If that happens, I would put a higher emphasis on CB. The draft is pretty deep at CB so a good player can be had at 61 and perhaps even at 93. If we assume Talib is back, he and Dennard would appear to be the favorites to start but with Dowling always hurt and the rest could be let go, using a 3rd on CB makes the most sense to me.
As for DT, if a good one is there at 29, fine but I doubt there will be a good one at 61 so 61 would seem to be the place to go WR. We do seem to be looking for a taller WR given we played roster tag with Gregg Salas for much of the year before finally settling on Kamar Aiken, another 6-2 WR.
With Edelman likely back and Ebert in the wings, we might not go slot if we tag Welker again. So, I would look for a tall WR to be taken somewhere in the draft and the 2nd round seems like the best value spot. I guess WR/CB could be interchanged, one in the 2nd, the other in the 3rd.
What we do with our first pick is the interesting thing to me. DL is a good guess if one of those studs you mention are there. But, I would not rule out LB. We are thin there with only Mayo, Hightower and Spikes as legitimate starters. Fletcher should be back to back up Spikes. Jeff Tarpinian was recently signed to a future's contract but that's about it unless you count Ninko and Cunningham as elephant type LBs. I can see the need for depth at all LB positions. It would be interesting if an Ogletree or Te'o are there as I think either would be hard to pass on at 29.