Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 4/12/2013 7:55 AM EDT
In response to Army2LT's comment:
Exactly, I think BB likes to target players with issues in latter rounds that could be great, but have fallen off many team boards.
Brady couldn't hold on to the starting job.
Cassell didn't start in college period.
Mallett liked to smoke weed.
Dennard punched a cop.
Gronk had back issues.
Those are off the top of my head, but I think anyone with an injury, off the field issue, or just could not find the field for one reason or the other are prime candidates.
Mathieu is a defenite possibility. Same goes for Hayden? Tank F'ing Carradine, talk about a prime candidate. He's our 1st round pick this year.
The only thing I'd be cautious of with Tank is he would be a 1st round pick and the main reason takes those players is because the value of those players is much higher then the spots they were taken at. Tank was always considered a mid to late 1st round pick with teens upside so getting him at #29 wouldn't present lots of value. Now if something similar to Gronk happened where the Pats traded back and Tank ended up being in the mid 2nd round then I can see them taking him. But going through the list:
Gronk - mid 1st round talent taken mid 2nd
Hern - 2nd round talent taken in 4th
Dennard - 2nd round talent taken in 7th
Mallett - top 15 talent taken in 3rd
The moral of the story is value, now look at player they brought in:
Tank - mid 1st round talent projected in late 1st (not as much value)
Mathieu - fringe 1st-mid 2nd round talent projected in 3rd-6th round (great value)
M Wilson - mid 2nd round talent projected 3rd-7th round (great value)
Tuel - prior to injury and platoon early day 2 talent projected 6th-UDFA (great value)
Actually Tuel reminds me of Brady in a way, in that his stock was hurt because he platooned at QB
Lattimore - Top 3 RB talent projected 5th-UDFA (great value)