***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***

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    thanks for the TE run down... several good prospects. After C, RG and DT I say this is our greatest need. If a stud is available at TE in round 1 and you can get a relatively similar talent at C or DT, etc then go for the stud.

     

     
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    Troy Niklas is declaring..

    Brian Hamilton@BrianHamiltonSI

    BREAKING: #NotreDame TE Troy Niklas will bypass senior season and enter NFL Draft, his father tells @SINow. Story: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20140109/troy-niklas-declares-nfl-draft-notre-dame/

     

    Pretty exciting news! In my opinion, he vaults to the top among TE's in the draft and is definitely hte best all around TE of the bunch ahead of Ebron, Amaro. The best news is it makes it more likely that one of the now big 3, Niklas/Ebron/Amaro, could be available when the Pats pick in the 1st round.

    Niklas has shades of Gronk in his game. Very good blocker and good receiver as well.

     

     

     
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    One of MB's boys, Niklas makes the TE group a plus group in this draft.  Last year there were 73 underclassmen to declare.  This year pundits are predicting 100.  There will be depth in this draft for some groups, WR for sure.  NE will be able to get a TE that will be able to contribute right away within the first 4rds.  Or, as we have seen in the past when everyone thinks there is a very strong position group NE thinks different and passes.

     
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    Though I really think that TE is the preminant position of need, that doesn't mean that BB will agree. If the Fork isn't healthy by the OTA's then DT would jump ahead of the TE need, same could be said for Oline should both Wendell and Connolly leave via free agency, then Oline would become a position of need before TE also! Either way it goes, I would love to see the Patriots garner one of the top tier TE's just in case Gronk isn't ready. The Patriots do have a small stash of Olinemen and Dlinemen, the only question is their readiness.

     
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    Though I really think that TE is the preminant position of need, that doesn't mean that BB will agree. If the Fork isn't healthy by the OTA's then DT would jump ahead of the TE need, same could be said for Oline should both Wendell and Connolly leave via free agency, then Oline would become a position of need before TE also! Either way it goes, I would love to see the Patriots garner one of the top tier TE's just in case Gronk isn't ready. The Patriots do have a small stash of Olinemen and Dlinemen, the only question is their readiness.



    The nice thing is there are 5 TE's that might be considered top 50 picks in most years. So there is more than a fair chance that one will be available in the back of the 2nd. We can grab a DT early (DT isn't that strong this year but a couple high ceiling guys stick out) and hold off on a TE until the 2nd

     
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    From  NFLRoughdraft http://www.nflroughdraft.com/node/193

     

    Ten Interesting Draft Prospects

    1.       Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville

    Coming out of high school Smith was rated by Rivals.com as a 3 star quarterback prospect but when he got to Louisville it became apparent rather quickly that he was not going to stick at quarterback. The team decided to move him to the other side of the ball and  he hasn’t looked back. Smith finished the 2013 season with 14.5 sacks including 2 against Miami (FL) in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Smith finished his college career 24 sacks and 33 tackles for a loss. Smith has a huge upside and might be best standing up in the 3-4. With a good Combine and Senior Bowl, Smith could really help his stock and end up being a first round pick in a draft that has plenty of quality pass rushers.

    Prediction: 1st Round

    NFL Comparison: Anthony Spencer (Dallas)

     

    2.       Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

    Scouts opinions of Boyd have really fluctuated over the past two years. After the 2011 season most thought Boyd was a mediocre quarterback who, when his time came, would be an above college quarterback. During the 2012 season Boyd completed 67.2% of his passes with 36 touchdowns in the air and another 10 on the ground. Of course the NFL was clamoring  over Robert Griffin, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson’s ability to spread the field and run the read option so most believed Boyd would be the next quarterback to fit that mold. 2013 wasn’t so kind to the read-option and Griffin wasn’t the same, Kaepernick struggled at times and Wilson was not as reliable in December. So ultimately most are viewing Boyd as a mid-round pick at this point. Boyd had arguably his best season in 2013 completing 68.5% of his passes with 34 touchdowns and another 10 running the ball. Boyd has a strong arm, is very smart in the pocket and his mechanics are very solid. He isn’t afraid to take a hit even though he is capable of taking off and running with the ball. Boyd is going to be a starting quarterback in the NFL sooner than later.

    Prediction: 2nd Round

    NFL Comparison: Russell Wilson (Seattle)

     

    3.       Jordan Lynch, ATH, Northern Illinois

    Jordan Lynch has been one of college football’s most dynamic players over the past two seasons. Lynch finished 7th in Heisman voting in 2012 and 3rd in 2013 thanks to a combined 3,735 yards rushing including two 300 plus yard performances this season. Lynch is not an elite athlete but he is a very good athlete. He has no future in the NFL as a quarterback and if he wants to play quarterback it will have to be in the CFL. We have seen numerous quarterbacks convert and be successful NFL players. If he wants to stick in the NFL, he will have to prove he can play special teams and ultimately I think he can develop into a slot receiver.

    Prediction: Undrafted

    NFL Comparison: Julian Edelman (New England)

     

    4.       Antonio Andrews, RB, Western Kentucky

    Andrews has been the nation’s leader in all-purpose yards the last two years. Guys like Tavon Austin, Chris Johnson and Jeremy Maclin have also led the nation in all-purpose yards in the past 6 years but none of them get overlooked like Andrews. While he doesn’t have blazing speed and hasn’t consistently faced top competition, his versatility will be appealing to a lot of NFL teams. He has 85 career catches for 963 yards and averaged 218.3 yards per game in 2013 and 243.5 yards per game in 2012. Andrews is the ideal late round selection and might be best as a third down back and return man in the NFL. He will have the opportunity to show his ability during the Senior Bowl which will be very important for his draft stock.

    Prediction:  5th round

    NFL Comparison: Joique Bell (Detroit)

     

    5.       Michael Sam, DE/OLB, Missouri

    This draft has a lot quality pass rushers and with Jadeveon Clowney, Anthony Barr and Khalil Mack headlining the group others names won’t get mentioned nearly enough.  Michael Sam was an All-SEC First Team by the Coaches and the Associated Press. He was also named Co-SEC Defensive Player of the year. Sam finished the season with 11.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss. His best attribute is his quickness and his ability to beat linemen. He has also been a very good run defender as evidence by the 19.5 tackles for a loss. Sam is probably going to be best suited for a 3-4 team but he has the ability to make an impact immediately on the field and as any every down player. Sam can certainly sneak into the back end of the first round but I think he will probably go in the top portion of round 2.

    Prediction: 2nd Round

    NFL Comparison: Tambi Hali (Kansas City)

     

    6.       Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt

    Players who don’t play for top SEC schools often get lost in the mix and that has been the case with Kenny Ladler. In 2013, he was named All-SEC First Team by Associated Press and Second Team by the Coaches. He had a very good year in 2012 as well but with names like Matt Elam, Eric Reid, D.J. Swearinger and Shawn Williams all coming from the  SEC and going in the top 100 in last year’s draft it was hard to get recognition. Ladler has good size and speed and is capable of playing both safety positions. He really came out as a playmaker in 2013 intercepting 5 passes and forcing 5 more fumbles. He also showed up big against Missouri and South Carolina posting 14 total tackles and against Texas A&M when he had an interception, 2 forced fumbles and 10 total tackles. Ladler has the talent to be a Top 100 selection but he may fall just shy of that but that shouldn’t be an indictment of his talent.

    Prediction: 4th Round

    NFL Comparison: Roman Harper (New Orleans)

     

    7.       Jeff Janis, WR, Saginaw Valley St.

    With an influx of underclassmen wide receivers entering the draft we are going to see some quality receivers pushed off until the later rounds. Jeff Janis is one of the senior wide receivers who is flying way under the radar. A big reason for that is that he played at Division II Saginaw Valley St. Janis dominated the competition for the past two seasons. He had 1,541 yards receiving this season and 1,468 in 2012. Janis is a big, strong receiver with very good hands and the ability to make plays with the ball in his hands.  The big test for him will come at the Senior Bowl to see what he can do against other NFL prospects. He will be somewhat of a project but he has a huge upside.

    Prediction: 6th Round

    NFL Comparison: Riley Cooper (Philadelphia)

     

    8.        Terrance West, RB, Towson

    Its very rare to see a non-FBS underclassmen declare early who is actually a talented player. West led college football in rushing with 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns. West is a physical runner with great footwork and decent speed. The decision for West to leave school early was a smart one. With the amount of carries he has been given over the last two years the risk for injury is always greater and realistically he was not going to be able to improve his stock any more than he has already. West doesn’t have breakaway speed but at 223 pounds its not really expected. He could develop into a starting running back but at the very least he will be a reliable backup and short yardage back.

    Prediction: 4th round

    NFL Comparison: BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Cincinnati)

     

    9.       Christian Jones, LB, Florida St.

    During his time at Florida St. Jones has started at all three linebacker positions and has excelled at all of them. Jones is a very good athlete with a long wing span that helps him in coverage.  Jones started at strongside linebacker in his sophomore season, moved to the weakside for his junior year and settled in at middle linebacker for 2013. Jones is incredibly athletic but doesn’t have elite instincts which will probably move him from the middle however; he is capable of playing both outside linebacker positions. He could also play in the middle of a 3-4 defense. Jones is a very good overall player and offers a lot of flexibility.

    Prediction: 3rd Round

    NFL Comparison: Bruce Carter (Dallas)

     

    10.   Taylor Hart, DE/DT, Oregon

    Hart looks to the ideal five technique defensive end for a 3-4 team. He doesn’t have the explosiveness off the end of the line to play defensive end in a 4-3 and may not be the best to move inside to tackle, though it’s a possibility. Hart is a very smart player and stand at 6’6” he possess good size to get into passing lanes. He has good enough athletic ability that Oregon used him at times to stand up and rush the passer from the linebacker position. More than likely a team will look for Hart to add some more strength to his frame and make him somewhat of a project. Hart could help on special teams and develop but his best bet is to play end for a 3-4 team.

    Prediction: 5th Round

    NFL Comparison: Billy Winn (Cleveland)

     
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    MB, all, another site with scouting reports: http://draftexaminer.com/

     
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    Troy Niklas is declaring..

    Brian Hamilton@BrianHamiltonSI

    BREAKING: #NotreDame TE Troy Niklas will bypass senior season and enter NFL Draft, his father tells @SINow. Story: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20140109/troy-niklas-declares-nfl-draft-notre-dame/

     

    Pretty exciting news! In my opinion, he vaults to the top among TE's in the draft and is definitely hte best all around TE of the bunch ahead of Ebron, Amaro. The best news is it makes it more likely that one of the now big 3, Niklas/Ebron/Amaro, could be available when the Pats pick in the 1st round.

    Niklas has shades of Gronk in his game. Very good blocker and good receiver as well.

     

     



    Woke up to this news this morning... I'm bumbed that he won't be back in South Bend next season, but I'll be psyched if he ends up in Foxboro!  Instantly moves towards the top of my draft board... would draft him over ASJ every day of the week.

     
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    From  NFLRoughdraft http://www.nflroughdraft.com/node/193

     

    Ten Interesting Draft Prospects

    1.       Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville

    Coming out of high school Smith was rated by Rivals.com as a 3 star quarterback prospect but when he got to Louisville it became apparent rather quickly that he was not going to stick at quarterback. The team decided to move him to the other side of the ball and  he hasn’t looked back. Smith finished the 2013 season with 14.5 sacks including 2 against Miami (FL) in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Smith finished his college career 24 sacks and 33 tackles for a loss. Smith has a huge upside and might be best standing up in the 3-4. With a good Combine and Senior Bowl, Smith could really help his stock and end up being a first round pick in a draft that has plenty of quality pass rushers.

    Prediction: 1st Round

    NFL Comparison: Anthony Spencer (Dallas)

     



    Looks like Smith is finally receiving the credit he is due!  Kid has looked like a stud on tape... an athletic edge rush terror that can play in space.  

     
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    MB, all, another site with scouting reports: http://draftexaminer.com/



    Thanks, man!

     
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    One of MB's boys, Niklas makes the TE group a plus group in this draft.  Last year there were 73 underclassmen to declare.  This year pundits are predicting 100.  There will be depth in this draft for some groups, WR for sure.  NE will be able to get a TE that will be able to contribute right away within the first 4rds.  Or, as we have seen in the past when everyone thinks there is a very strong position group NE thinks different and passes.



    Kid is built like Hercules!  I don't see him escaping Rd 2... def option for me in Rd 1.

    His stats weren't crazy, but I can't tell you how many times Tommy Rees over threw him (threw the ball too high)... not sure how you can consistently overthrow a 6-7 TE, but he mastered it!

     
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    Though I really think that TE is the preminant position of need, that doesn't mean that BB will agree. If the Fork isn't healthy by the OTA's then DT would jump ahead of the TE need, same could be said for Oline should both Wendell and Connolly leave via free agency, then Oline would become a position of need before TE also! Either way it goes, I would love to see the Patriots garner one of the top tier TE's just in case Gronk isn't ready. The Patriots do have a small stash of Olinemen and Dlinemen, the only question is their readiness.



    That's the fun of it, we never really know what BB will do... we can take an educated guess based on his track record, available talent and projected needs... but that just means he'll take a WR in Rd 1, haha.

     
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    Though I really think that TE is the preminant position of need, that doesn't mean that BB will agree. If the Fork isn't healthy by the OTA's then DT would jump ahead of the TE need, same could be said for Oline should both Wendell and Connolly leave via free agency, then Oline would become a position of need before TE also! Either way it goes, I would love to see the Patriots garner one of the top tier TE's just in case Gronk isn't ready. The Patriots do have a small stash of Olinemen and Dlinemen, the only question is their readiness.



    The nice thing is there are 5 TE's that might be considered top 50 picks in most years. So there is more than a fair chance that one will be available in the back of the 2nd. We can grab a DT early (DT isn't that strong this year but a couple high ceiling guys stick out) and hold off on a TE until the 2nd



    The TE depth does provide for some flexibility, I agree.

     
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    As a follow up to PE earlier this week, I hope to have my Top 3 options per round completed today... glad I waited because Hercules Niklas will surely be listed... and there might be a surprise in there as well!

     
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    Hey MB where do you think your boy Niklas will fall? Mid to late 2nd or would we have to grab him in the first?

     
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    Hey MB where do you think your boy Niklas will fall? Mid to late 2nd or would we have to grab him in the first?



    I think he's a Top 50 prospect that will receive Rd 1 consideration... think he's a realistic option for NE in Rd 1.

     
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    Hercules, doesn't get much better than that for a Football name.

     
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    Just talking to myself here...

    BB trades out of the first round if TE Amaro is off the board.  Pats get a early/mid-second round and early 4th round picks.

    TE Jenkins of WA - picked at around 37

    OG Martin of ND or Steen of Ala - with the Pats own 2nd round pick

    BB trades Mallet - Pats select DT DeQuan Jones with #60ish

    QB McCarron selected with early 3rd round pick (Pats trade up)

    WRs TBD selected with both 4th round picks (one from trade)

    IF BB doesn't trade out of the first round - Pats select either OG Yankey, WR Robinson, OG Richardson or WR Benjamin in that order, depending who is available.  and TE Fiedorowicz with the second pick.  then same as above.  Once you get beyond the 3rd round, trying to zero in on specific players is even a bigger impossibe crap shoot to predict.

     

     



    I think landing Martin, Jones and McCarron in this draft would be a homerun... Martin won't last until the end of Rd 2.

     
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    Below are my Top 3 player options in each round, based on where NE is projected to pick.  I’ve tried to include only players that I feel will be available when they’re on the clock, though we all know that BB/NC will be moving up and down the draft board.

    Rd 1:

    OG Zack Martin- ND- Like I’ve said many times, I think he might be the most consistent and dependable player in this draft… seldom makes mistakes, shuts out whoever is across from him and plays the game with good technique, feet and physicality.  He’s a perfect player for NE’s system and could be Matt Light or a Pro Bowl OG.

    DT Ra’shede Hageman- Minnesota- I’m starting to warm up to this idea and am viewing him as an upside pick, much like Solder ended up being.  Kid is not without flaws, but I think the size/length/upside could be too much for BB/NC to pass up and think Pepper could do a good job of coaching this kid up.

    TE Troy Niklas- ND- Huge (6-7 260), athletic TE prospect that shows good ability as a blocker both inline and in space… he’s also a versatile offensive weapon that will cause matchup problems in the slot and down in the redzone.

    Rd 2:

    DT Daquan Jones- PSU- If BB passes on a DT in Rd 1, I fully expect him to come out of Rd 2 with a new side of beef!  Jones is a big (6-3 318), powerful, athletic kid with upside and versatility that will fit in very well in NE’s rotation… he can 2-gap and penetrate and plays with a consistent motor.

    DE/OLB- Marcus Smith- Lousiville- He’s an explosive, athletic, versatile high-effort edge player with a ton of upside (moved to D in 2010).  I think he might/should get Rd 1 consideration before all is said and done.  He might be the best player that people aren’t talking about.  

    ILB Shayne Skov- Stanford- A tough, intelligent, aggressive ILB prospect with good stack/shed and blitz ability and skill set to consistently make plays at or behind the LOS.  If Spikes isn’t retained, he’d be an excellent candidate to replace him.

    Rd 3:

    TE Arthur Lynch- Georgia- Perfect spot for a TE with both inline and pass catching abilities.

    TE CJ Fiedorowicz- Iowa- See comments above.

    WR Jared Abbrederis- Wisconsin- Kid is a good value here due to the depth in this class.  He’s a very good route runner with good body control and the ability to create.  Fits in very well with what NE likes to do on offense.

    Rd 4:

    CB/S Antone Exum- VT- On talent alone, he should be rated higher, but could drop due to an injury riddles season.  He’s a very good size/speed kid with experience at both CB and S, though I expect him to be fore of a big S in NE’s scheme.  Really like this kid.

    DE/DT Ed Stinson- Alabama-  Versatile kid with the ability to line up across multiple fronts, tough, strong, powerful at the POA, definite 2-gap ability.

    C/OG- Bryan Stork- FSU- Good size (6-4 315), versatile interior OL prospect that moves well, displays some nasty, projects well to a zone blocking scheme, and is proven against top competition.

    Rd’s 5 (assuming the pick one up)-7:

    DT Brent Urban- Virginia- Very good size/length (6-7 300) and really excels vs. the run (a current weakness in NE… though that should improve next season with VW back).  He’s extremely raw as a PR, but is athletic and represents a good upside play here.

    S Isaiah Lewis- MSU- Good size/build (5-10 210), physical, smart, aggressive, experienced and has ST value.

    TE Rob Blanchflower- Umass- Good sized local kid (grew up the next town over from me and played his college ball at Gillette for Umass) that shows very good technique/effort/upside as a blocker, both inline and out in space.  His hands are a bit inconsistent, but he’s a load after the catch.  There’s a lot to like here and he’s a high effort player.

    ILB  Glenn Carson- PSU-  Good size (6-3 240) and pedigree, very good instincts, toughness and movement ability.  Solid Day 3 value.

    QB  Keith Wenning- Ball State-  Good size and accuracy, cannon for an arm… ultra-productive and very underrated.

    QB  Bryn Renner- UNC- Athletic, competitive kid with some upside.

    RB Tyler Gaffney- Stanford- Big back that will hammer it between the tackles and grind a defense down.  Presents a good compliment to Ridley/Blount.

    RB- Alfred Blue- LSU- See Gaffney comment.  Also, low mileage on the body due to positional depth in Baton Rouge. 

    WR- TJ Jones- ND- Solid, reliable all around WR with good quicks, COD and consistent hands.  Always seems to get open when the team needs a play.  

     
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    FSU WR Kelvin Benjamin to declare:

    http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/10/report-kelvin-benjamin-leaping-from-the-noles-to-the-pros/

     
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    Miami LB Denzel Perryman to return to school:

    http://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/10/denzel-perryman-returning-to-canes-for-senior-season/

     
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    Though I really think that TE is the preminant position of need, that doesn't mean that BB will agree. If the Fork isn't healthy by the OTA's then DT would jump ahead of the TE need, same could be said for Oline should both Wendell and Connolly leave via free agency, then Oline would become a position of need before TE also! Either way it goes, I would love to see the Patriots garner one of the top tier TE's just in case Gronk isn't ready. The Patriots do have a small stash of Olinemen and Dlinemen, the only question is their readiness.



    That's the fun of it, we never really know what BB will do... we can take an educated guess based on his track record, available talent and projected needs... but that just means he'll take a WR in Rd 1, haha.

    MB if he does lets hope he gets a guy who can play the hybrid TE/WR position, a couple of guys fit that bill. Coleman, Benjamin or maybe Evans.. All three of these guys are potential Hernandez replacements, because as good as Gronk is he needs those distraction guys like Edelman, and whoever at the small TE, as well as a deep threat to take all the pressure off of him.


     
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    Though I really think that TE is the preminant position of need, that doesn't mean that BB will agree. If the Fork isn't healthy by the OTA's then DT would jump ahead of the TE need, same could be said for Oline should both Wendell and Connolly leave via free agency, then Oline would become a position of need before TE also! Either way it goes, I would love to see the Patriots garner one of the top tier TE's just in case Gronk isn't ready. The Patriots do have a small stash of Olinemen and Dlinemen, the only question is their readiness.



    That's the fun of it, we never really know what BB will do... we can take an educated guess based on his track record, available talent and projected needs... but that just means he'll take a WR in Rd 1, haha.

    MB if he does lets hope he gets a guy who can play the hybrid TE/WR position, a couple of guys fit that bill. Coleman, Benjamin or maybe Evans.. All three of these guys are potential Hernandez replacements, because as good as Gronk is he needs those distraction guys like Edelman, and whoever at the small TE, as well as a deep threat to take all the pressure off of him.




    Why not Amaro if available? Play him purely as a slot receiver. Redefine the position. Imagine playing Gronk at TE and Amaro at slot. The slot creates a different type of mismatch, but still a huge mismatch. Against some teams, that would be unstoppable. Against others, you just play more conventional with Edelman and Amendola.

    OL, DT and DE, not necessarily in that order in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds.

    Maybe a a back up TE in the 6th.

    Crazy I know, but I've seen crazier.

     

     
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    Why not Amaro if available? Play him purely as a slot receiver. Redefine the position. Imagine playing Gronk at TE and Amaro at slot. The slot creates a different type of mismatch, but still a huge mismatch. Against some teams, that would be unstoppable. Against others, you just play more conventional with Edelman and Amendola.

    OL, DT and DE, not necessarily in that order in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds.

    Maybe a a back up TE in the 6th.

    Crazy I know, but I've seen crazier.

     



    Its a good thought but dang we already have alot vested in DA playing the slot role and hopefully BB can extend Edelman too. then we have two 'slot WRs' who can play outside. the problem with Amaro to me is he didnt line up on the line much at all in college. I would want a guy like Troy Niklas who can be taught the slot and has the ability to do so but can also be the tough TE as well. he or ASJ fit that role. amaro seems too one demensional to me but then again i guess you could make him bulk up and play on the line too

 
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    Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***

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    Why not Amaro if available? Play him purely as a slot receiver. Redefine the position. Imagine playing Gronk at TE and Amaro at slot. The slot creates a different type of mismatch, but still a huge mismatch. Against some teams, that would be unstoppable. Against others, you just play more conventional with Edelman and Amendola.

    OL, DT and DE, not necessarily in that order in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounds.

    Maybe a a back up TE in the 6th.

    Crazy I know, but I've seen crazier.

     



    Its a good thought but dang we already have alot vested in DA playing the slot role and hopefully BB can extend Edelman too. then we have two 'slot WRs' who can play outside. the problem with Amaro to me is he didnt line up on the line much at all in college. I would want a guy like Troy Niklas who can be taught the slot and has the ability to do so but can also be the tough TE as well. he or ASJ fit that role. amaro seems too one demensional to me but then again i guess you could make him bulk up and play on the line too

    We are all forgetting T.J. Moe and Boyce those guys will be back in the mix next season, as will Gronk! We are just looking for an improvement in the depth of the roster, we lost Cierre Wood and signed his running mate Gray, but at RB we still have Quentin Hines waiting to return also...I really do believe that BB is one of the best prepared HC/GM/President of Football operations I've ever seen!!!!!!!


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