Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 3/30/2013 10:43 AM EDT
In response to rameakap's comment:
There would seem to be several WR's who could be available around our 1st rd pick and be productive #2 guys right away as rookies.
Tavon Austin (too much like Amendola?)
My issue with taking one of them is that it pushes the talent level at the other spot down a notch. There are so many DT's who will be available in the 25-40 range of the draft. Not obvious starters from day 1 guys, but players who will be in a mix with Love, Deaderick, Armstead, Francis and who should provide more pocket pressure than Love from day 1. By the time you get to the end of rd 2, those type of DT's are likely to be all gone.
This is why it makes more sense to get Emmanual Sanders for a 3rd, or come to a cheaper deal with Lloyd, then to draft a WR in rd 1. You know what you will get from one of those 2 guys next year, at the least we're talking 45-55 catches, moving the chains type smart route-running and 3-4 TD's as basically the #2 WR but #4 passing option for TB. Then you get really good line talent with one of your 1st two picks, and we know BB can draft those positions.
Any WR taken in rd 1 would likely be able to get those #'s... IF he can get up to speed with the playbook fast enough, AND would have more upside (at least over a 31-32 year old Lloyd) BUT would mean lesser talents drafted for other positions.
Many of us agree... DT is #1 on my board... as much as I'd love to snag a Hopkins or Allen, etc. in Rd 1, I prob couldn't pass on a Jesse Williams/Sylvester Williams/John Hankins, etc. at #29... if those DT's are gone, I would then turn to WR... or a bookend to Chandler in Tank Carradine... a surprise pick could be S Jon Cyprien.