Re: ***2013 Patriots Draft Thread V2***
posted at 1/15/2013 12:48 PM EST
In looking at the DTs in our range, Williams and Jenkins, neither appear to be the type of player that will get pressure up the middle on a QB. Below are scouting reports I saw:
WEAKNESSES: Bit of a one-trick pony as Williams does not possess the quickness or the agility to collapse the pocket as a pass rusher. Must do a better job of protecting his knees as he is susceptible to cut blocks. Too often raises his pad level at the snap, negating some of his power and making him all the more vulnerable to cuts, as he possesses only moderate flexibility.
Has to do a better job of getting his hands up in passing lanes as he rarely gets home as a pass rusher (just three passes broken up in 25 career starts at Alabama).
WEAKNESSES: Provides little in terms of an interior pass rush. Is simply too wide to not get slowed down while squeezing through tight gaps in the interior line and has only phone booth quickness.
Wears down quickly and will need to be substituted often to be fully effective in the NFL. Allows his pad level to rise as he tires, which negates his strength.
So, if gaining interior pressure from these guys is the prime motivator to take them with the eye to replace Love/Deaderick next to VW, it doesn't appear either athlete will provide the hoped pass rush.
I'm still leaning towards big physical CB or Strong Safety as my top desire but still would like to see more speed and pass coverage ability at MLB. When teams hurry up against us, Spikes is exposed. He is not a 3 down LB in my opinion. I am wondering how Hightower would do if moved inside since he is faster (not sure if quicker or more instinctive) than Spikes and we could then either add an OLB or MLB to improve our speed at the second level.
I do think we are limited in our depth at LB in general. I don't want to see Ninkovich back there. He was a disaster when he played for Spikes in Week 17. Tracy White and Niko Koutouvides are UFAs after the season and Dane Fletcher is restricted and coming off a knee. This leaves us just Rivera after starters Hightower, Spikes and Mayo. Dropping a DE back like Ninko or Cunningham only slows us down.
What do you guys think of Stanford's Chase Thomas? 6-4, 248 with some speed seems to be a good play maker and shows ability to get in the back field and make plays. I remember being impressed with him against Cal where he had 4 TFLs, 1 sack, 1 FF and 1 FR. Seems like an end of Round 2 type and I would think be a smart player. I don't see him on Mb's board.