Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 12/10/2013 6:07 AM EST
I think the TE position for this team is critical. Brady only had 7 comp's to his TE's when Gronk was gone early on. We have to be able to take advantage of one of Tom's biggest strengths. Taking advantage of the middle of the field with outs , hooks and seams. Who knows when Gronk will be back and how he'll look. I think the TE position is extremely valuable in this offense, with this QB. Brady's strongest attributes have always been his decision making , leadership, toughness, and accuracy on short/intermediate routes inside the numbers. Easily one of the best ever at manipulating backers and S's. Getting him another legit TE as a weapon is pressing concern. I really think there are a few guys in this years draft that could be special.
Austin Seferian Jenkins is the most complete in this years or any recent draft imho. I guy that can be an inline blocker and elite recieving threat. He's a 3 down player. He's very athletic , with some very good agility for a guy his size 66/260. I could see him catching many TD's from Brady on that seam route that 12-87 connect on so often. He's my favorite and the best TE imo. He's a guy that will also help out the running game by keep S's back and opening up the 2nd level against backers. For a big guy he some pretty good burst off the line. And again shows good straight line speed on seam routes. I'd love to see Scar work with him with oline. Sometimes he cant sustain a block as long as he should. Overall though he's more than solid in both the running and passing game.
Eric Ebron might be the best recieving tight end in this years draft. Very nice body control , knows how to use his size/strength 64/250 to position himself , agile , good route runner , good burst and plays with toughness. Toughness that he use and that will help him get better blocking on the line and at the poa. Needs to play with more discipline and focus. Has dropped a few balls. Needs to get better as a blocker to be a 3 down guy. With the right coaching , team he could be a very good , versatile player.
Jace Amaro. If Ebron's not the best recieving tight end , Amaro is. Big 65/255 , athletic , with soft hands. Run's in the 4.6's. He runs smooth , with toughness and it takes more than one guy to bring him down. He can line up anywhere as far as i'm concerned. Slot , inline , outside , h-back with potential to flex out. Has good balence. Good body control , balence and will go get the ball in the air. Some people have serious concerns on his ability to be an every down player and inline blocker. As an inline blocker I would agree, he's a bit of a project. But I have have seen him demosrtate the ability to block down the field and do it well. Might not be an every down player at first. Again get him with the right coaching and training staff.
Colt Lyerla is a wildcard. If he's even available. He has some off the fields issue to say the least. If he can straighten himself out he could be had in the 3-4th round easy. Some people don't even think he'll get drafted at all. He's 65/245 with low 4.5 speed. Despite his size he blocked inline and motion for the Ducks. Will line up anywhere. Inside , outside , backfield. Athletic with very good body control. Would kill the seam route that Brady and Gronk hook up on. Although again , has serious off the field issue.
Theres a couple other guys but these 4 stand out as potential game changers. Imo the first three are worthy of a first round pick and even worth trading up a few spots. 4-6. Especially A.S.J. This guy comes in and starts if we run our 2 TE O. A guy who is very good at a lot of things , with a high ceiling. If Colt is available and there in round 4 ,go for it.
As for the WR position I think we have a decent corp that could use an upgrade.
I think Dobson can be that outside the numbers guy we've been looking for. He's had a tough transition but was coming along as far as I'm concerned. He's big guy with the ability to seperate. And as far as I'm concerned , in terms of his hands. This year is an abberation. I watched this guy in college with some shaky play at QB make some very tough catches. People need to be more patient around here. He's still learning. He's just now learning to read a defense. He's learning what he can do and cant do. Where he fits in and what he's good at. I think he only gets better.
I dont trust D.A. at all. None. This is a team that counts on their players in Jan. I'm worried about him walking down the street in July , nevermind be able to get through a full 16 game season. Great player when healthy. No doubt. Just cant count on him.
I say try to resign Edelman or make a play for Golden Tate. I really like both and think both are perfect for this offense. Also Sanders from Pitt would be a great fit. Decker might not have a huge market. I cant see someone giving him tons of bank. Might be worth a look. Also I'd give Boldin a look.
Also there's a ton of big WR's in this years draft that can be had in rounds 2-4 that could contribute next year. Jordan Matthews is big , sneaky speed and very good route runner. Can give you yac. Questions about top end , straight line speed.
Allen Robinson is another big guy with ok speed and some run after the catch ability. Again questions about his straight line speed.
Odell Beckham is a guy I really like. Great route runner , great hands , can run after the catch , shows toughness and will go over the middle and take a hit. Also can return punts and kicks. Can line up anywhere imo. 4.4 speed. Not ideal size but potential game changer. I think this kid could be a very productive player. Would love the Pats to grab him.
I think were set at RB for the most part. I've always been a Vereen guy. Nothing against Ridley but Vereen is something special. He can literally line up anymore, in any formation. Might be the best at running the wheel route. Might not have breakaway speed but has a great burst and explosion. He deserves 20+ touches a game imo. Bring in Ridley as the "change of pace" back. Or look elsewhere in the offseason. There are plenty of relitivly cheap options in the draft and free agengy.
As for the Oline I think its clear we need some help. Although Wendell has been servicable, I see him being out muscled and pushed around to often. I fear he's just too small for the demanding position. Truth is you can point to everyone on the line this year at some time or other. For the most part I would focus on collecting some depth. This is a pretty deep draft overall and the oline position is no different. Again Id look to upgrade the C position and possible G spot. Some guys Id look at.
Antonio Richardson OT. 66/330. Has it all size, strength, balence, athleticism etc. Looks the part. Good quickness. Can slide and move laterally. Has the ability to be a mean run blocker and get down the field. And very good in pass pro. He needs to be coached up and work on his technique.
James Hurst OT. 66/305. Tons of potential here. Good size and quickness and great athleticism. Has the ability to get down the field blocking on running plays and short passes. And could one day be a guy you leave on his own. Needs to work on his technique and add a little muscle. Has the ability to be a very good player in this league.
Xavier Su'aFilo OG. 63/305. Has the ability to excell in run blocking and pass pro. Very good quickness and burst. Good hands and feet. Powerfully built. Shows versatility in drive blocking and zone blocking scheme. Needs to learn to play with more functional strength and use his leverage better.
Jonotthan Harrison C from Florida. 63/310 with size , strength and pretty decent speed. Plays with power and shows he has functional strength. Quick off the ball. Versatile and capable of kicking over to either guard spot. Showed hes capable of snapping under center and shotgun. I see him available in rounds 6-7 or possible fa.