Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 3/23/2013 8:17 AM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to Faucetman's comment:
Svitek is nothing more than a warm body in training camp. Odds are he doesn't make the team. I agree Cannon seems to be liked at RT. However, there is no back up at LT. Svitek is not a legit backup. So, we have no back up at LT if Vollmer leaves which is appearing more likely the longer this goes.
I too would love to add a top CB in the draft. If Trufant makes it to 29, he would certainly be a player of interest and could be our pick depending who else is there. However, after Milliner, Rhodes and Trufant, I see a fairly big drop off in talent. This isn't to say we couldn't target a Poyer, Slay or Alford type with our 2nd but let's say we go a completely different direction with 29. Let's say we draft a DT for example. Let's say Vollmer is gone. Then when our 2nd round pick comes up and you have one of these 2nd tier corners on the board and Armstead, Long and/or Watson on the board, wouldn't you rather take a LT back up vs. a back up CB? I would.
I would rather move DMC back to corner back fill for him at FS then I would moving Mankins to LT if Solder gets hurt or putting a Svitek in there. Keeping Brady upright is of utmost importance. OL shuffle, especially at LT is more worrisome to me then DB suffle.
Not sure you are giving Svitek enough credit. He was a starting T for a playoff team before he was injured
The man was forced in as a starter 2 years ago replacing a struggling Sam Baker. He started 10 games for Atlanta in 2011. They were so impressed they let him go after he got hurt. Before that he started just 6 games from 2005 to 2010. He was out of football in 2008 and he missed all of 2012 due to injuries. He's entering his 9th year (missing 2) and has just 16 career starts. That's 1.78 starts per year.
Like I said, if Vollmer is back, this cat doesn't make the team. If Vollmer isn't back and Svitek makes the team, are we a better team? NO!!
I'm getting really frustrated. We are sitting on what, $18 to $20 million of cap space? We're letting our guys go over pennies. There isn't a single player of ours who signed for big bucks elsewhere meaning we could have kept them.
Right now the top available WR is Edelman and the top OT is Vollmer and yet they are still on the street. There are a number of DTs and pass rushers out there who could help us. There are corners out there who are better options than Marquice Cole. Give me a break. I don't get it.
Our star WR corps has been completely dessimated; replaced by injury prone and unheralded players all of whom are lucky to be half as good and half as durable as the players they replaced. To me the window is closing on Brady and we are nickel and diming ourselves out of great players, getting weaker to save cap space. What are we going to do with this extra cap space, bank it for 2014? I hope BB and Kraft are sitting on a master plan and spring it on us soon because this off season has been horrible so far.