Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 3/4/2013 1:22 PM EST
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
In response to speedster81's comment:
I like the detail and level of analysis.
Things I like:
1. I think Keenan Lewis is a solid under the radar type CB.
2. Hartline is a kid I like and one that may make the most sense on the FA market from a value perspective... gives them that big WR presence that can operate outside the #'s and has some sneaky big play ability.
3. Keeping Welker.
4. Adding veteran talent along the DL though they'll need to do some background work on Bryant http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/02/24/raiders-desmond-bryant-arrested/
5. Quanterus Smith as a late round/upside pick (assuming he's available).
1. Lattimore could be good value in Rd 3, assuming bigger needs are addressed.
2. Hunter does have intriguing size/athleticism/big play ability, there are kids that I like better, but it'd be tough to NOT like this pick.
Things that I don't like:
1. I see the value of adding a hybrid type player, but not (2) of them (Maiava, is quite undersized at 6-0 229 pounds... their regular backers are all 240+)... would rather mix in a pure SS type (I know BB likes them interchangeable, so a versatile kid is key), or at least a player that brings some physicality to the backend of the defense. Gooden is an athletic kid that moves well, but looks like more of a finesse player on tape. They really have no intimidating presence to speak off in the secondary.
2. Sure hoping their first pick isn't an OG, unless his name is Chance Warmack (not happening) or Jon Cooper (possible) Warford's a big talented kid, but I think his skillset/movement ability translates better to a power scheme like Pittsburgh's vs. NE's which values quicker, more agile type OG's. Would prefer a Brian Schwenke or David Quessenberry or Jeff Baca or Hugh Thornton etc. between Rd's 3-4... or maybe a Tanner Hawkinson (from Charlie Weis' system at Kansas) later on Day 3.
3. Would prefer to address the defense with at least one of their first two picks (i.e. a DT, edge rusher or DB).
Regarding picking OG early; I too would rather get a Player on Defense with our top picks but if Warford is available early to mid second he IMO would be the best value at that point. He seems to move pretty well on tape inspite of his size that is why I think even a team like ours which zone blocks will have him on their draft board as a Right Guard.
Kaluka Maiava would be an upgrade to Tracy White as he actually has the talent and NFL game tape to prove he deserves snaps on defense not just Special Teams. I had us picking Gooden in addition to Maiava because I believe with the proliferation of teams not only passing in 3 wide sets but also running out of same said sets, the value of a player who can play a slot receiver or TE in press man while not being a detriment in the run game is crucial. While a Nickel CB or TE weighing 210 can give you the coverage ability they most certainly will hurt you in the run game. Baltimore for instance had more efficient production from its run game running out of a single back 3 wide set than it did with a 2 back set with Vonta Leach as the lead blocker.
I guess what I am trying to say is that the fast agile lighter LB is as important as any position in the game today and that is why I think we need 2 of those guys for depth reasons seeing that we currently have none. Arthur Brown from Kansas State is arguably the premier such player in this years draft as in addition to doing what Gooden does he also attacks blockers head on like a player who weighs 20 pounds more than he does. However, he is expected to go late first early second and doesnt quite have the speed and movement skills of Gooden.