Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 11/14/2012 11:48 AM EST
In response to PatsLifer's comment:
I am back..sorry, I haven't watched a ton of college football this year, but have a few thoughts.
Bb's intentions last year were to upgrade the interior of the DL. In fact, he has been looking for a couple of years now, as evidenced by taking fat Albert and Fanaene . Meanwhile, he has added jones at end, and it appears he feels good about nink at the other, but also drafted bequette in hopes he might develop into something special. Also, parcells latest interview, he stated the pats need another passrusher. I would agree.
I'm def looking DT/DE/DB/OL first.
Looking at what Dante has done with plugins on this OL, I feel pretty good about it for next year. I think they should address the OL however and look for a quality backup at tackle. Wendell, Connolly, mankins, Thomas, McDonald...that's a solid bunch inside. I feel a little less comfortable at tackle.
I think they have solid talent at OT, the question for me is Vollmer's long term health... if he can stay healthy (big if), I think BB is completely confident with him and Solder. Cannon is a question mark so OT depth might be something they address.
Talib is a wild card as is dowling. Will they be back? What about Chung?
Good questions on Talib/Dowling... Talib is tough as if he performs well, which would up his value, he may price himself out of Foxboro... Dowling, much like college has trouble staying on the field, so I'd prefer if they build a team assuming he's not part of the equation. I like Chung, but the guy can't cover a chair... and that's a huge problem.
My feeling is make McCourtys move to safety permanent. You start he and Wilson, let Chung walk or sign him for nothing. Let Gregory walk, get a backup safety or 2 cheaply. My feeling is One of Talib or dowling will be on the roster. We need another cb...again.
Personally, I think BB would prefer to keep McCourty at CB and go with more of a traditional S (whether in FA or the draft).