***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***

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    Has anyone's stock ever fallen as fast and aggressively as Te'o's in such a bizarre manner?  The horrible performance in the National Championship game hurt bad enough, but now in the wake of the fake girlfriend hoax and the poor combine he has been mentioned as a 3rd rounder or worse.  I personally thought that he looked out of shape and lethargic at the combine, and apparently many scouts agreed.  I think that one of the biggest issues that may steer teams away from him is the fact that you would be inviting a huge media circus into your training camp if you draft Te'o, ala Tebow with the Jets last year.  We all saw how well that worked out.  If BB tries to get cute and pick Te'o this year, I swear that I will freak out.  Check out this article I read about him.

     

     

    A sample of NFL general managers might not have been alarmed by Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's 4.82 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, but Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh's immediate reaction was telling.

     

    Harbaugh isn't alone in his disappointment. Asked by NFL.com's Kimberly Jones if anyone at the combine was impressed by Te'o's workout, one head coach replied, "How could you be?"

    Another head coach expressed skepticism about Te'o's athleticism before the linebackers even worked out Monday. "I worry about Notre Dame guys," said the coach. "Are they as athletic as they need to be? How does he stack up (with other linebackers)?"

    As SiriusXM NFL Radio's Ross Tucker pointed out, Te'o is going to have to show superior talent from day one in the NFL to shake the "catfishing" stigma in his next locker room.

    2013 Pro Days Schedule By Date Between the combine and the draft, prospects work out for scouts at individual pro days at their respective schools. Full schedule.

    "I don't want him," one veteran scout told Tucker. "Leadership is one of his big positives but he won't have that now because guys in the locker room are going to really be hard on him ... He'll be a target. He's going to have to play lights out for a while to gain that back."

    All it takes for Te'o to go off the draft board in the first round is one team that believes he's capable of making an instant impact. He shouldn't get his hopes up. A third head coach told Jones, "He's just not the rare athlete. It's not worth it.



    Actually Spikes stock dropped pretty far after the combine. He was mocked here, and other places in the first round. His 40 time pushed him back into round 2, and if bb hadn't of drafted him then, I wonder how far he would have slid? There are lots of other accounts of kis plummeting like this, but Te'o is an interesting case. Good on the field production, crappy national champ game, crappy combine, made up girlfriend. I still think he is a good football player, but like the article you reference, GM's may be weary because they know guys will give him slack and question is can he handle it and be productive?....if he is hanging around in round 3, I would personally think hard about taking him.

     
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    Hey fellas.  What do you all think of UNC DT Sylvester Williams?  Has anyone watched much tape on him?  I just watched a little bit of his film, and quite frankly I'm not sure why he isn't being talked about as a Top 20 prospect.  He looked very impressive to me.  Seemed like he had a ton on power, a very quick first step, and some decent pass rush moves for such a big body.  I've read that he is a little bit raw and has only played football for 4 or 5 years, so maybe this is why most experts have a 2nd round grade on him.  Personally, I think he is a name to keep an eye on as a suprise 1st round pick this spring.  Wouldn't suprise me if BB is pretty interested in this guy.

     
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    Hey fellas.  What do you all think of UNC DT Sylvester Williams?  Has anyone watched much tape on him?  I just watched a little bit of his film, and quite frankly I'm not sure why he isn't being talked about as a Top 20 prospect.  He looked very impressive to me.  Seemed like he had a ton on power, a very quick first step, and some decent pass rush moves for such a big body.  I've read that he is a little bit raw and has only played football for 4 or 5 years, so maybe this is why most experts have a 2nd round grade on him.  Personally, I think he is a name to keep an eye on as a suprise 1st round pick this spring.  Wouldn't suprise me if BB is pretty interested in this guy.



    I posted this about the DB S. Williams by mistake but meant it for the DT S. Williams so here's my take on him

    Good player with nice explosion, well developed one on one moves, can be disruptive in both the run and passing game.

    The issues I see with him is that he can have blinders on when forcing on pass rush which prevents him seeing easy gaps, the QB rolling out, draws, and screens. He's very inconsistent with his plays being dominant at points then being dominated at others by mediocre talent. Very good motor but conditioning was fairly poor and can wear down quickly. Can get lost in doubles.

    Should be a late 1st early 2nd round talent but I don't think he has a very high ceiling like J. Williams and doesn't have the consistent play regardless of situation like a Hankins or Jenkins.

     
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    Hey fellas.  What do you all think of UNC DT Sylvester Williams?  Has anyone watched much tape on him?  I just watched a little bit of his film, and quite frankly I'm not sure why he isn't being talked about as a Top 20 prospect.  He looked very impressive to me.  Seemed like he had a ton on power, a very quick first step, and some decent pass rush moves for such a big body.  I've read that he is a little bit raw and has only played football for 4 or 5 years, so maybe this is why most experts have a 2nd round grade on him.  Personally, I think he is a name to keep an eye on as a suprise 1st round pick this spring.  Wouldn't suprise me if BB is pretty interested in this guy.




    I have him on my board in Rd 1, but agree with PE that he's at the very least a Top 50 prospect.

     
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    Don't know if anyone is using this site, but they have a lot of good videos by position.

    http://draftbreakdown.com/category/videos

     

     
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    Don't if anyone is using this site, but they have a lot of good videos by position.

    http://draftbreakdown.com/category/videos

     




    Thanks for the link, JJ.

     
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    Interesting, just heard BB loves guys on the annual freak list. If you don't know what that it is, Bruce Feldman comes out every year with a freak athlete college football list. Past people on the list

    11' - Demps (#1), Hightower (honorbale mention)

    10' - Solder (5th), Cannon (10th), Mallett (honorable mention)

    http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4722265/some-freaky-additions-for-patriots

    If this trend continues there are some interesting names on the list this year:

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/18992316/the-freak-list-the-10-craziest-athletes-in-college-football

    Margus Hunt #1 on that list. Could we see BB take him at #29?

    Devin Taylor, both MB and I were high on him last year

    William Gholston, just missed the cut

    Jesse Williams, just missed the cut

     



    "Devin Taylor, both MB and I were high on him last year"

    ditto

    and is ansah on that list?

     
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    Hey fellas.  What do you all think of UNC DT Sylvester Williams?  Has anyone watched much tape on him?  I just watched a little bit of his film, and quite frankly I'm not sure why he isn't being talked about as a Top 20 prospect.  He looked very impressive to me.  Seemed like he had a ton on power, a very quick first step, and some decent pass rush moves for such a big body.  I've read that he is a little bit raw and has only played football for 4 or 5 years, so maybe this is why most experts have a 2nd round grade on him.  Personally, I think he is a name to keep an eye on as a suprise 1st round pick this spring.  Wouldn't suprise me if BB is pretty interested in this guy.

    he and floyd were on my list from ealry on, when they were nowhere near the first round (now floyd is beign mocked at #3)

     
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    Flying 20 - time between the 20 yrd to 40 yrd  during a 40yrd dash.  Has anyone found times for receivers or CBs?  IMHO,  I think it is a useful metric to show the rate of acceleration resulting in seperation. WRs can blow the top off but CBs can show recovery.

     

    http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/

    3. Introducing the flying 20 and the challenge in measuring reactive quickness for receivers. Building off Pioli’s point on the combine, and the measurement like a 40-yard dash, Marathe introduced those in the audience to the flying 20. We always talk about Jerry Rice, for example. Jerry Rice had a very average 40 time, but what we found, something that really helps correlate to performance is what we call the flying 20 -- the time between the 20 and the 40, intuitively that is separation speed.  Jerry Rice has one of the fastest flying 20s  of all time. Everyone still looks at the 40-yard dash as the measurement of a wide receiver’s speed when there is some hidden value there in different places. That sparked a thought from Pioli about how challenging it is to project receivers from college to the NFL because of press coverage. €œI love the flying 20 too, which is something we looked at. And also the first 10 [yards]. But there are other elements that come into it that can blow both of those things up, unfortunately, which is certain receivers who have never faced press coverage. It does not matter how fast they run, their playing speed, they cannot get off the line of scrimmage. So there is this other element that comes in. The other thing is that a big part of separation has to do with just close-space quickness and/or strength. The Wes Welkers, the Troy Browns, the Wayne Chrebets, the smaller, undersized guys who have some short-area quickness where they™re covered like a blanket but, boom, all of a sudden they can create separation. Trying to piece all that together, that is the fun part.€

     

    Pioli had one of the best lines of the panel when the topic came to quarterbacks.

     

    What is the best approach, through analytics, when evaluating/drafting a quarterback?

     

    I'd say draft one in the sixth round and hope for the best," Pioli cracked.

    We will have a bit more from this panel on Saturday as well.

     

     
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    Follow up on flying 20

    Here is a link to Ohio State doing flying 20s

    http://www.stack.com/video/1753231968/Ohio-State-Football-Flying-20s/

     
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    If I had to pick 1 guy today who I think is most likely to be Belichick's first round pick this year (assuming that we stay put at 29, which is far from a certainty...) I would say that it would be Datone Jones from UCLA.  He is a very impressive player when you watch him, more so than I realized from watching Pac-12 games this year.  This guy has the strength to be effective in run support, yet is well suited to get after the passer as well.  He is a very versatile player who can line up all across the D-Line and be effective from anywhere, a trait that we all know that BB would covet.  Based on what I have seen, Jones is likely to be available late first round.

     
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    He is a good possibility Wazzu. I like him too. There are going to be some tough choices at 29. i think there will be a ton of talent there and it convinces bb to trade back. I think our first selection will be in the 40's , and it will be Darius slay. Something tells me he is grabbing a cb first again and will pass up on all the DT talent we keep talking about. I don't think he goes to the dline until the 2nd pick in the second round...maybe even the 3rd round. Maybe this is the year he grabs a wr late in round 2....Swope anyone? He would be Lloyd's replacement, save the pats 4.9m, give them a vertical threat, and add youth to a position of need. Bb then grabs 1-2 FA wr's. in the end, I don't think Lloyd Will be here, and, possibly even Talib.

     
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    He is a good possibility Wazzu. I like him too. There are going to be some tough choices at 29. i think there will be a ton of talent there and it convinces bb to trade back. I think our first selection will be in the 40's , and it will be Darius slay. Something tells me he is grabbing a cb first again and will pass up on all the DT talent we keep talking about. I don't think he goes to the dline until the 2nd pick in the second round...maybe even the 3rd round. Maybe this is the year he grabs a wr late in round 2....Swope anyone? He would be Lloyd's replacement, save the pats 4.9m, give them a vertical threat, and add youth to a position of need. Bb then grabs 1-2 FA wr's. in the end, I don't think Lloyd Will be here, and, possibly even Talib.



    Good ideas, Lifer.  I think that the best case scenario would be to trade back into the 40s, but I'm a little worried that we won't have a trading partner in that range. 

     
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    If I had to pick 1 guy today who I think is most likely to be Belichick's first round pick this year (assuming that we stay put at 29, which is far from a certainty...) I would say that it would be Datone Jones from UCLA.  He is a very impressive player when you watch him, more so than I realized from watching Pac-12 games this year.  This guy has the strength to be effective in run support, yet is well suited to get after the passer as well.  He is a very versatile player who can line up all across the D-Line and be effective from anywhere, a trait that we all know that BB would covet.  Based on what I have seen, Jones is likely to be available late first round.



    i dotn know abotu most likely but i agree with you and hes in the group of pass rushers id like to land

     
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    Guys,


    I think a strong case can be made to draft Eifert and even possibly Ertz at 29 if they are available, especially Eifert.  The importance of the TE position in NE and the success they have had is well documented but here is the data behind this.

    In 2011 Gronk played in all 16 regular season games and Hernandez played in 14.  Combined they were:

    169/2,237/24.  The Pats went 13-3 and went to the SB

    In 2012 Gronk played in 11 regular season games and Hernandez played in 10.  Combined they were:

    106/1,273/16.  The Pats went 12-4 and lost the AFCCG

    That is a lot of lost production. 63 catches, nearly 1,000 yards and 8 TDs.  Counting the play-offs the two stud TEs only had stats together in 4 of the 18 games. 


    In games where only one of these TEs had stats they averaged 6.1/74.9/.9

    In games where both had stats these TEs averaged 10.5/107/1.5


    The Pats were 10-4 where only one TE played and were 3-1 when having both.  Each TE played 7 games essentially without the other, meaning the other either didn't play or got hurt and left without producing any stats.  Production was similar for both except for TDs.


    With just Hern: 44/464/3, team scored 225 points and went 5-2

    With just Gronk: 41/585/10, team scored 272 points and went 5-2

    First, there is no way Eifert gets past Atlanta at 30.  He probably doesn't make it to 29 but if he does, I think we could do a lot of cool things with Eifert.  First, he can fill in for Gronk should he go down again.  Second, we could run a lot of three TE sets with Hern playing as the H or lined up outside as a jacked up WR.  The mismatches having all 3 stud TEs on the field at the same time would be incredible.  Because Hern can play WR, drafting Eifert would be like drafting one of the big WRs but with the ability to be insurance for either Gronk or Hern going down again. 


    The game is all about mis-matches.  As shown with the stats, having both Gronk and Hern on the field together, the production out of the position explodes.  Brady is more of a possession, short range passer preferring to move the chains rather than going for the quick strike downfield.  I think these guys would just be a nightmare for LBs and Ss to try to cover.  I can see all kinds of creative ways to use them together and I'm Josh could find new ways too.  Thoughts?

     



    Looks like everyone had a different version of what I wanted to say in response.

     

    I look at it from a per position diminishing returns perspective. With Gronk, Hern, Ballard, I just don't see a lot of additional value that another TE brings, regardless of talent level.

    On the CB side, I feel, they are just starting to figure things out. Talib showed us (or may better to say teased us) that secondary is a few moves from getting fixed. I really would like to get Talib back, to reduce fit uncertainties that they have to face withe other CBs. That said, I believe they should add more CBs to the stable for two, perhaps inter-related, reasons.

    1) Talib is not exactly a poster child for durability. Neither is Ras. Dennard also showed signs he could potentially be injured to (hamstring, if I remember right). These three are talented, but it looks like the Pats need four of these talented CBs that they could rotate on the injury list... er, active list.

    2) More and more teams are passing more and more. That adds stress to the secondary, so if the CBs are already experiencing injuries, I imagine it could be worse in the coming few seasons.

    You could think the same on the interior DL side. You have VW. Next to him, you have Love and Deaderick, who I feel are close to being but not quite starting caliber. 

    This is where I am coming from when thinking of who the Pats should pick on the first two rounds.

     



    There are a couple of corners I like who could be there at 29, Rhodes and Trufant.  But I'm sick of spending 1-2 round picks on DBs then watching them bust.  We've had so many of them recently - Meriweather, Wheatley, Butler, Dowling (so far), Chung, possibly Wilson (too soon to tell) and you could say McCourty appears to be a bust at corner. That is a lot of 1-2 round picks wasted!!!  When you consider that our starters at the end of the year were a free agent and 7th round pick it makes me NOT trust BB to draft DBs high.

     



    :)

    i said that all year,

    and then had rhodes as a pick too :) unique big press man (ie seattle defense we need to coverrt to).

    but if we dotn get a legit pass rusher in fa, thats #1 need in draft for me even over getting a 6 3" 215 stud cb

     
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    If I had to pick 1 guy today who I think is most likely to be Belichick's first round pick this year (assuming that we stay put at 29, which is far from a certainty...) I would say that it would be Datone Jones from UCLA.  He is a very impressive player when you watch him, more so than I realized from watching Pac-12 games this year.  This guy has the strength to be effective in run support, yet is well suited to get after the passer as well.  He is a very versatile player who can line up all across the D-Line and be effective from anywhere, a trait that we all know that BB would covet.  Based on what I have seen, Jones is likely to be available late first round.

     



    i dotn know abotu most likely but i agree with you and hes in the group of pass rushers id like to land

     

    Hey Bredbru, don't walk away from Margus Hunt of SMU now; I know you like his game and he could be a throwback to a Ted Hendricks type player on the edge big, fast, athletic, and able to knock down passes and get pressur/sacks.  How did you like Hunt's combine, Bredbru?

     
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    National Football Post's Russ Lande writes Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes wasn't impressive in interviews.

    "Rhodes struggled throughout the drills looking upright, stiff and mechanical trying to flip hips and change directions," Lande writes. "Additionally, he battled the ball nearly every time and did not show the hands to be counted on to make plays when he gets the chance at the next level. Lastly, Rhodes interviews were not impressive." Rhodes is one of 10 players Lande lists who struggled at the combine.



    Kids gonna make a good living punching WR's at the LOS, but the above is certainly consistent with the belief that he's not a good fit for teams that predominantly operate in zone (i.e. NE).  I have him on my board because I like the idea of BB bringing in a kid that can provide a skill set that they don't currently have, but that would also signal a bit of a shift in defensive philosophy.

     

     




    I'm looking at Rhodes as a possible SS who can match up on TEs if he doesn't make it as a corner.  He's big and physical.  If Denard and Talib are back, our big need is at strong safety and we would have position flexibility.  Chung may not be restricted and if he is, it would be at the 2nd round level.  I think we keep Rhodes on our board.

     

     
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    If I had to pick 1 guy today who I think is most likely to be Belichick's first round pick this year (assuming that we stay put at 29, which is far from a certainty...) I would say that it would be Datone Jones from UCLA.  He is a very impressive player when you watch him, more so than I realized from watching Pac-12 games this year.  This guy has the strength to be effective in run support, yet is well suited to get after the passer as well.  He is a very versatile player who can line up all across the D-Line and be effective from anywhere, a trait that we all know that BB would covet.  Based on what I have seen, Jones is likely to be available late first round.

     



    i dotn know abotu most likely but i agree with you and hes in the group of pass rushers id like to land

     

    Hey Bredbru, don't walk away from Margus Hunt of SMU now; I know you like his game and he could be a throwback to a Ted Hendricks type player on the edge big, fast, athletic, and able to knock down passes and get pressur/sacks.  How did you like Hunt's combine, Bredbru?




    Jones might not be there at 29 but perhaps Bjoern Warner is slipping?  Mayock has him dropping to the end of the 1st, early 2nd. 

    I like Hunt a lot although he is very raw.  He had trouble setting the edge in the Sr. Bowl but he has huge upside.  I could see him bulking up and could be 43 DE or 34 DE in a few years.  I can see a lot of batted balls.  I love him as a book end to Jones coming off the right tackle.  Let him learn behind Ninkovich for a year and work him into the D.  He should be there at 29 or perhaps with a slight trade back.

    Balt at 32 is most likely going ILB, either Te-o or Ogletree.

    SF at 31 is probably going CB or DT and there will be plenty of options there

    Atl at 30 is most likely going TE but with their recent cuts could target a DE or CB

    So we could trade back, especially if Smith or Barkley are still on the board as there are a bunch of teams at the top who need a QB but might feel neither are worthy of a top 10 pick which is how I feel.

     

     
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    Guys,


    I think a strong case can be made to draft Eifert and even possibly Ertz at 29 if they are available, especially Eifert.  The importance of the TE position in NE and the success they have had is well documented but here is the data behind this.

    In 2011 Gronk played in all 16 regular season games and Hernandez played in 14.  Combined they were:

    169/2,237/24.  The Pats went 13-3 and went to the SB

    In 2012 Gronk played in 11 regular season games and Hernandez played in 10.  Combined they were:

    106/1,273/16.  The Pats went 12-4 and lost the AFCCG

    That is a lot of lost production. 63 catches, nearly 1,000 yards and 8 TDs.  Counting the play-offs the two stud TEs only had stats together in 4 of the 18 games. 


    In games where only one of these TEs had stats they averaged 6.1/74.9/.9

    In games where both had stats these TEs averaged 10.5/107/1.5


    The Pats were 10-4 where only one TE played and were 3-1 when having both.  Each TE played 7 games essentially without the other, meaning the other either didn't play or got hurt and left without producing any stats.  Production was similar for both except for TDs.


    With just Hern: 44/464/3, team scored 225 points and went 5-2

    With just Gronk: 41/585/10, team scored 272 points and went 5-2

    First, there is no way Eifert gets past Atlanta at 30.  He probably doesn't make it to 29 but if he does, I think we could do a lot of cool things with Eifert.  First, he can fill in for Gronk should he go down again.  Second, we could run a lot of three TE sets with Hern playing as the H or lined up outside as a jacked up WR.  The mismatches having all 3 stud TEs on the field at the same time would be incredible.  Because Hern can play WR, drafting Eifert would be like drafting one of the big WRs but with the ability to be insurance for either Gronk or Hern going down again. 


    The game is all about mis-matches.  As shown with the stats, having both Gronk and Hern on the field together, the production out of the position explodes.  Brady is more of a possession, short range passer preferring to move the chains rather than going for the quick strike downfield.  I think these guys would just be a nightmare for LBs and Ss to try to cover.  I can see all kinds of creative ways to use them together and I'm Josh could find new ways too.  Thoughts?

     



    Looks like everyone had a different version of what I wanted to say in response.

     

    I look at it from a per position diminishing returns perspective. With Gronk, Hern, Ballard, I just don't see a lot of additional value that another TE brings, regardless of talent level.

    On the CB side, I feel, they are just starting to figure things out. Talib showed us (or may better to say teased us) that secondary is a few moves from getting fixed. I really would like to get Talib back, to reduce fit uncertainties that they have to face withe other CBs. That said, I believe they should add more CBs to the stable for two, perhaps inter-related, reasons.

    1) Talib is not exactly a poster child for durability. Neither is Ras. Dennard also showed signs he could potentially be injured to (hamstring, if I remember right). These three are talented, but it looks like the Pats need four of these talented CBs that they could rotate on the injury list... er, active list.

    2) More and more teams are passing more and more. That adds stress to the secondary, so if the CBs are already experiencing injuries, I imagine it could be worse in the coming few seasons.

    You could think the same on the interior DL side. You have VW. Next to him, you have Love and Deaderick, who I feel are close to being but not quite starting caliber. 

    This is where I am coming from when thinking of who the Pats should pick on the first two rounds.

     



    There are a couple of corners I like who could be there at 29, Rhodes and Trufant.  But I'm sick of spending 1-2 round picks on DBs then watching them bust.  We've had so many of them recently - Meriweather, Wheatley, Butler, Dowling (so far), Chung, possibly Wilson (too soon to tell) and you could say McCourty appears to be a bust at corner. That is a lot of 1-2 round picks wasted!!!  When you consider that our starters at the end of the year were a free agent and 7th round pick it makes me NOT trust BB to draft DBs high.

     

     



    :)

     

    i said that all year,

    and then had rhodes as a pick too :) unique big press man (ie seattle defense we need to coverrt to).

    but if we dotn get a legit pass rusher in fa, thats #1 need in draft for me even over getting a 6 3" 215 stud cb




    Was just reading up on Reiss' blog.  Tagging Talib is starting to make the most sense.  We lock him up for $10.8MM then try to get a long-term deal done to aleivate that hit.  Word is Pats are 9th in most cap space available so this would be a good insurance policy. 


    If we lose Welker, I would have to move Tavon Austin to the top of my board.


    If we lose Vollmer, we have Cannon who should be experienced enough to start but there are other F/A options at RT and we could always address in the 2nd round.  Kyle Long if he's there.

    We could then use our 3rd on a CB but I would not be surprised to see us add a F/A CB. 

     
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    Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***

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    Guys,


    I think a strong case can be made to draft Eifert and even possibly Ertz at 29 if they are available, especially Eifert.  The importance of the TE position in NE and the success they have had is well documented but here is the data behind this.

    In 2011 Gronk played in all 16 regular season games and Hernandez played in 14.  Combined they were:

    169/2,237/24.  The Pats went 13-3 and went to the SB

    In 2012 Gronk played in 11 regular season games and Hernandez played in 10.  Combined they were:

    106/1,273/16.  The Pats went 12-4 and lost the AFCCG

    That is a lot of lost production. 63 catches, nearly 1,000 yards and 8 TDs.  Counting the play-offs the two stud TEs only had stats together in 4 of the 18 games. 


    In games where only one of these TEs had stats they averaged 6.1/74.9/.9

    In games where both had stats these TEs averaged 10.5/107/1.5


    The Pats were 10-4 where only one TE played and were 3-1 when having both.  Each TE played 7 games essentially without the other, meaning the other either didn't play or got hurt and left without producing any stats.  Production was similar for both except for TDs.


    With just Hern: 44/464/3, team scored 225 points and went 5-2

    With just Gronk: 41/585/10, team scored 272 points and went 5-2

    First, there is no way Eifert gets past Atlanta at 30.  He probably doesn't make it to 29 but if he does, I think we could do a lot of cool things with Eifert.  First, he can fill in for Gronk should he go down again.  Second, we could run a lot of three TE sets with Hern playing as the H or lined up outside as a jacked up WR.  The mismatches having all 3 stud TEs on the field at the same time would be incredible.  Because Hern can play WR, drafting Eifert would be like drafting one of the big WRs but with the ability to be insurance for either Gronk or Hern going down again. 


    The game is all about mis-matches.  As shown with the stats, having both Gronk and Hern on the field together, the production out of the position explodes.  Brady is more of a possession, short range passer preferring to move the chains rather than going for the quick strike downfield.  I think these guys would just be a nightmare for LBs and Ss to try to cover.  I can see all kinds of creative ways to use them together and I'm Josh could find new ways too.  Thoughts?

     



    Looks like everyone had a different version of what I wanted to say in response.

     

    I look at it from a per position diminishing returns perspective. With Gronk, Hern, Ballard, I just don't see a lot of additional value that another TE brings, regardless of talent level.

    On the CB side, I feel, they are just starting to figure things out. Talib showed us (or may better to say teased us) that secondary is a few moves from getting fixed. I really would like to get Talib back, to reduce fit uncertainties that they have to face withe other CBs. That said, I believe they should add more CBs to the stable for two, perhaps inter-related, reasons.

    1) Talib is not exactly a poster child for durability. Neither is Ras. Dennard also showed signs he could potentially be injured to (hamstring, if I remember right). These three are talented, but it looks like the Pats need four of these talented CBs that they could rotate on the injury list... er, active list.

    2) More and more teams are passing more and more. That adds stress to the secondary, so if the CBs are already experiencing injuries, I imagine it could be worse in the coming few seasons.

    You could think the same on the interior DL side. You have VW. Next to him, you have Love and Deaderick, who I feel are close to being but not quite starting caliber. 

    This is where I am coming from when thinking of who the Pats should pick on the first two rounds.

     



    There are a couple of corners I like who could be there at 29, Rhodes and Trufant.  But I'm sick of spending 1-2 round picks on DBs then watching them bust.  We've had so many of them recently - Meriweather, Wheatley, Butler, Dowling (so far), Chung, possibly Wilson (too soon to tell) and you could say McCourty appears to be a bust at corner. That is a lot of 1-2 round picks wasted!!!  When you consider that our starters at the end of the year were a free agent and 7th round pick it makes me NOT trust BB to draft DBs high.

     

     



    :)

     

    i said that all year,

    and then had rhodes as a pick too :) unique big press man (ie seattle defense we need to coverrt to).

    but if we dotn get a legit pass rusher in fa, thats #1 need in draft for me even over getting a 6 3" 215 stud cb

     




    Was just reading up on Reiss' blog.  Tagging Talib is starting to make the most sense.  We lock him up for $10.8MM then try to get a long-term deal done to aleivate that hit.  Word is Pats are 9th in most cap space available so this would be a good insurance policy. 

     


    If we lose Welker, I would have to move Tavon Austin to the top of my board.


    If we lose Vollmer, we have Cannon who should be experienced enough to start but there are other F/A options at RT and we could always address in the 2nd round.  Kyle Long if he's there.

    We could then use our 3rd on a CB but I would not be surprised to see us add a F/A CB. 

     




    I agree that tagging Talib makes the most sense, allowing them to retain a player that clearly made the D better, with a relatively low risk deal.

     

    A couple to Rd 3 CB's to keep on your radar are Houston's DJ Hayden (who I have in Rd 2, but he is coming back from a freak injury that almost cost him his life), who'd come at a relative bargain, IMO and UConn's Dwayne Gratz... another size/speed/quicks/strength kid.

    The thought of Austin is intriguing, though another alternative would be to sign an outside WR like Brian Hartline in FA, then draft a slot kid like Swope or Ace Sanders on Day 2... maybe double up on WR with an other Welker-type player in Mizzou's TJ Moe who won't beat you in a sprint, but is the quick footed, sudden, COD type that they like.

     
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    Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***

    Hey MB,  your thoughts on dee milliner from Bama?  The cover corner....I think the kid is special, and will go top 10.  I know BB has the inside track to Bama players now, but what if Saban said to him, this kid is beyond exceptional Bill, gotta have him....

    Im not even saying go up n get him, b/c it wud take a lot to jump that high and pats don't have too many picks this yr....I see pats falling out of first rd this yr to gain some picks back.

     

    just curious about your take?

     

     

     
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    Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***

    In response to NOISE's comment:

    Hey MB,  your thoughts on dee milliner from Bama?  The cover corner....I think the kid is special, and will go top 10.  I know BB has the inside track to Bama players now, but what if Saban said to him, this kid is beyond exceptional Bill, gotta have him....

    Im not even saying go up n get him, b/c it wud take a lot to jump that high and pats don't have too many picks this yr....I see pats falling out of first rd this yr to gain some picks back.

     

    just curious about your take?

     

     




    Hey, NOISE,

    Really like Milliner, had him on my radar last year from watching film of Barron, etc... and he sure looked the part again this year...  Looks like a complete CB to me, good size, can run, moves well and very physical... Top CB in this class and one of the best players available.

    I agree that he's gone in the Top 10, so the chances of him landing in Foxboro are highly unlikely.

    A trade back or two is very likely IMO, yeah.

     
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    Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***

    My list at the moment... (number grades are NFL's not mine)

    Corner Backs

    1. **Dee Milliner**
    2. Xavier Rhodes (86)
    3. Desmond Trufant (84)
    4. Johnathan Banks (84)
    5. Robert Alford (81)
    6. Jamar Taylor (79)
    7. Jordan Poyer (74)
    8. Leon McFadden (80)
    9. Blidi Wreh-Wilson (77)
    10. B.W. Webb (74)
    11. David Amerson (74)
    12. Logan Ryan (69)
    13. Darius Slay (71)
    14. D.J. Hayden (66) (+)
    15. Tyrann Mathieu (x)

        Defensive Ends

    1. **Dion Jordan (88)**
    2. **Bjoern Werner (90)**
    3. **Ezekial Ansah (89)**
    4. Cornellius Tank Carradine (85)
    5. **Barkevious Mingo (92)**
    6. Alex Okafor (85)
    7. Margus Hunt (82)
    8. Datone Jones (85)
    9. Demontre Moore (89)
    10. Sam Montgomery (81)
    11. Walter Stewart (61) (+)
    12. William Gholston (74)
    13. Ty Powell (68)
    14. Devin Taylor (62)

        Defensive Tackles

    1. **Star Lotulelei (+)**
    2. **Shariff Floyd (90)**
    3. **Sheldon Richardson (90)**
    4. Jesse Williams (85)
    5. Jonathan Hankins (88)
    6. Kawaan Short (80)
    7. Sylvester Williams (80)
    8. John Jenkins (81)
    9. Brandon Williams (73)
    10. Akeem Spence (66)
    11. Cory Grissom (69)
    12. Nick Williams (52)
    13. Jared Smith (52)

        Safeties

    1. **Kenny Vaccarro (87)**
    2. Matt Elam (80)
    3. Jonathan Cyprien (84)
    4. D.J. Swearinger (81)
    5. Eric Reid (87)
    6. Shawn Williams (74)
    7. Phillip Thomas (74)
    8. Josh Evans (68)
    9. Shamarko Thomas (69)
    10. Zeke Motta (71)
    11. Earl Wolff (63)
    12. Tony Jefferson (73)
    13. Bacarri Rambo (61)

        Wide Receivers

    1. **Cordarrelle Patterson (F) (90)**
    2. **Keenan Allen (P) (86)**
    3. DeAndre Hopkins (F) (87)
    4. Tavon Austin (S) (85)
    5. Quinton Patton (F) (83)
    6. Justin Hunter (P) (81)
    7. Markus Wheaton (S) (81)
    8. Terrance Williams (F) (83)
    9. Stedman Bailey (S) (79)
    10. Robert Woods (F) (83)
    11. Da'Rick Rogers (P) (74)
    12. Chris Harper (F) (68)
    13. Ryan Swope (F) (67)
    14. Josh Boyce (72)
    15. Aaron Dobson (P) (71)
    16. Cobi Hamilton (F) (72)

        Offensive Lineman

    1. **Luke Joekel OT (95)**
    2. **Chance Warmack OG (95)**
    3. **Jonathan Cooper OG (86)**
    4. **Eric Fisher OT (91)**
    5. **Lane Johnson OT (86)**
    6. Barrett Jones C/OG (85)
    7. Brennan Williams OT (71)
    8. Larry Warford OG (85)
    9. DJ Fluker OT (85)
    10. Travis Frederick C/OG (78)
    11. Brian Schwenke C/OG (71)
    12. David Quessenberry OT (69)
    13. Terron Armstead OT (73)
    14. Jeff Baca (60)

        Tight Ends

    1. Tyler Eifert (83)

      Running Back

    1. Christine Michael (71)
    2. Knile Davis (65)

      Linebackers

    1. Trevardo Williams (66)
    2. Cornelius Washington (69)
    3. Sio Moore (68)

      Kickers

    1. Dustin Hopkins (69)

    (x) = Character issues

    (+) = Medical issue

    (**) = Blue chip - long gone

     
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    Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***

    Updated Big 50 Board, new additions highlighted in red:

    Rd 1

    DT- Jesse Williams

    DE/OLB- Tank Carradine

    DT- John Hankins

    OG- Jonathan Cooper

    CB- Xavier Rhodes

    DT- Sylvester Williams

     

    Rd 1-2

    S- Jon Cyprien

    S- Matt Elam

    WR- DeAndre Hopkins

    WR- Tavon Austin

     

    Rd 2

    WR- Quinton Patton

    CB- Logan Ryan

    CB- Darius Slay

    CB- DJ Hayden

    CB- Jamar Taylor

    CB- Jordan Poyer

    OLB/DE- Margus Hunt

    S- Eric Reid

    DT- John Jenkins

     

    Rd 2-3

    WR- Stedman Bailey

    WR- Ryan Swope

    S- DJ Swearinger

    OL- Barrett Jones

    OL- Brian Winters

    OL- David Quessenberry

    QB- EJ Manuel

     

    Rd 3

    WR/PR- Ace Sanders

    WR- Josh Boyce

    WR- Markus Wheaton

    WR- Chris Harper

    DE/OLB- Michael Buchanan

    S- Josh Evans

    CB/S- Dwayne Gratz

    S- Shamarko Thomas

    C/OG- Brian Schwenke

    LB- Sio Moore

    DE/OLB- Lavar Edwards

     

    Rd 4-7

    CB- Tyrann Mathieu

    DE/OLB- Devin Taylor

    OT- Reid Fragel

    S- Zeke Motta

    DE/OLB- Cornelius Washington

    OG- Jeff Baca

    DL- Kapron Lewis-Moore

    DL- Quinton Dial

    S- Cooper Taylor

    DL- Josh Boyd

    DL- Abry Jones

    RB- Spencer Ware

    WR- TJ Moe

     

     
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    Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***

    Hey, I was just thinking, many of us are expecting BB to address the DT position early, and rightfully so.  However, if the Patriots are high on the development of Fortson and Armistead, then  BB may decide that WR, CB, OL, and/or S take priority. Should be interesting.

     
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