Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 12/3/2012 8:35 PM EST
In response to pumpsiefan's comment:
a quick question...I know we had all those ridiculous thread debates a year ago about wether Brian Hoyer would bring a second or first round draft pick in a trade, but I do wonder what Ryan Mallett might bring.
I am not a fan of any of the QB's coming out this year. I think they are all in the Jimmy Clausen mode. If you were a Chiefs, Bills or Cardinals fan would you really want to hang your future on Geno Smith or Matt Barkley? I would think Mallett would be a far better bet than any the guys coming out. TB is here for another four or five so we will lose Mallet to FA before he is really of any use. KC, for example, would be far better off trading their 2nd and 4th for Mallett and keeping their top pick than taking Geno Smith. That's a no-brainer.
Keep an eye on Minnesota ex-QB Marquis Gray as a late round WR flyer. He is a great athlete and has played WR for a couple of seasons.
Also, does anyone have any idea of Collin Klien's future? I seriously doubt it is as an NFL QB. Is he a late round flyer at TE?
And I have always loved the idea of athletic college QB's converting to FS's. Maybe Taylor Martinez as a late rounder?
Right now, as it stands, I want Jesse Williams, then prayerfully S Phillip Thomas and an interior OL in third.
Is it a slam dunk that both Jake Long and Ryan Clady will be franchised? We gotta let Vollmer go with his back being bad. I'd love to sign the best free agent LT and move Solder to the right side. OLine has to be a priority for Pats in Brady's twilight years.
Problem is, Mallet was a 3rd rounder, which shows you what most teams though of him coming out... and he hasn't done anything yet (also hasn't been given the opportunity, for good reason) to tell a team that he's the guy they should turn the franchise over to. A team could do just as well spending a 2nd rounder on Landry Jones, IMO.
Martinez can fly, wonder if he'll get some consideration as a KR at the NFL level?
Phillip Thomas has had quite the statistical year (8 INT's / 12 TFL). What stands out to me on tape is his movement ability... looks very fluid and will close../get to the LOS in a hurry... also like his size. He flashes some very good ability as a tackler, particularly when asked to set the edge and has some good stack/shed abilty, though he needs to wrap up more consistently and can take some poor angles, but overall, looks like a very good NFL S prospect. Might be a kid that I add to the Big 32 Board as a Day 2 kid.
I'm with you on Williams, love this kid as a Rd 1 option.