Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 12/22/2013 3:19 AM EST
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL, DEC 21
WSU S Buchannon (Sr, 6-1, 215): There are draft sites that rank him as the top SS prospect in the 2014 draft.
WSU DT Cooper (rSo, 6-4, 303): I have not seen the guy play, but his TFL output drew my interest. He made 10.5 TFLs. Among DTs, only Quarles (13.5) and PSU’s Jones (11.5) generated more. Cooper is tied with Jernigan and Sutton. I will be watching him to see if he could be a penetrator-type DT to complement a VW-type DT.
WSU QB Halliday (rJr, 6-4, 190): In 2013, ranked 4th in passing yards, behind Carr, Mannion and Fales. Completion rate was 63%. He probably could use another year in college. He needs to fill up a bit. He’s way too lanky for the NFL (Description of TB’s physique during the combine would fit Halliday well. Actually, no. TB had a better build then.)
CSU C Richburg (Sr, 6-4, 302): There are draft sites that rank him as the second best C in the 2014 draft.
CSU TE Crockett Gilmore (Sr, 6-6, 255): On a couple of youtube videos, he shows potential as both blocker and pass catcher. He is still developing as a TE, given he converted from DE back in 2011. That alone says to me, he will not be afraid of contact. In 2013, he passed CSU’s other TE as the main receiving TE option. Big question mark is drops. He could be a good second dip if the Pats decide to double dip at TE.
What a game this turned out to be. Kudos to CSU for achieving a Patriots like rally, scoring 18 pts in the last 3 mins, to win the game. Sorry about that, Wazzu.
No for some takeaways from the players' performance.
Halliday should go back to school. He showed on this game that he has a good arm -- strong and accurate; however, tends to hold on to the ball a little too long a little too often. He does not have the legs to escape, so holding on to the ball normally leads to a bad outcome. He needs to go through his reads faster.
Cooper is good but could benefit from staying in school another year. He definitely has active legs for a 300 lb DT. Most impressive is his will to pursue, on a couple of occasions, the RB. and almost succeeding. If not for him CSU's RB would have walked across the end zone to win the game. Cooper's pursuit made the RB have to stretch for the pylon. He's going to get stronger.
I am mixed on Buchannon. Early on his play confirmed that he is the best SS in the draft. I need to see the game again, but it seems that he disappeared a bit towards the end -- just when he was needed more.
Richburg could become a solid C. I did not like his chop block on WSU's Gauta. And he got pushed back a handful of times, overall, still, he played okay.
Gilmore, is a good value TE at FA or even the 7th round. He is on the bigger end of TEs who demosntrated good pass blocking skills. He also showed he can catch well. Route running can improve. During the middle half of the game, he seemed to have difficulty separating. He alsodid not show much on run blocking.
The big surprise was CSU LB Shaquil Barrett (Jr, 6-2, 250). He consistently performed well throughout the game. Towards the end, played like a man among boys, basically abusing the Halliday and company. In the last 1.5 minutes of the game, almost stripped the ball off Halliday, and actually stripped it from the WSU RB.