Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 3/2/2014 7:47 AM EST
In response to seattlepat70's comment:
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
In response to kezzamuzza's comment:
Come on MB ....you can't have Crooks, Tuitt, Nix and Pryor.....
Which one if you had the choice ....given we may only get a shot at one.
Think we have a problem if we have to choose between Harmon and Tavon Wilson at safety?
In order of want... Nix, Pryor, Tuitt, Cooks.
Expanded list: Nix, Pryor, Ealy, Tuitt, Donald, Hageman, Cooks.
I cannot imagine any of those big DLs will be available. Here's a list of teams who would have to be considering a DT or big DE in the first:
NYG: DL has not been as good as they're used to. Probably looking to get someone inside. They prefer explosive types who can penetrate. I am guessing Donald would be a good fit.
CHI: Run D ranks 32. I never imagined a CHI D could be that bad on run D. IMO the best run-stuffing DT is Jernigan.
PIT: They certainly could move to improve their run O. However they rank 22 on run D. Not PPIT-like. They also have an undersized 35 yr old playing at 34 RDE. I would not be surprised if they take Tuitt. Hageman would also be a good pick here.
DAL: Perhaps the worst D in the NFL (pass D ranks 32; run D 27). If they are smart they start fixing the D by bringing in the foundation of their D. Interior DL is really the best move for them. It does not matter if they play 34 or 43, Nix is the smartest (no such thing as a sure thing) move.
ARI: D is not bad considering they converted to 34 recently. However, the guy playing RDE is turning 33 in May. It's the perfect time to bring in a high upside prospect to learn behind Dockett. Hageman makes so much sense.
GBP: The D may not be the worst, but pretty close. Pickett, who plays as their main NT, is 34 yrs old . If PIT does not pick Nix, it's hard to imagine he would get away from GBP.
I think Ealy and Cooks will be available. I think Ealy is overrated. I do not believe he is a first rounder. Cooks is a first rounder, but I would rather they use their first round pick on a position other than WR.
You will love this, but I think Pryor will be available at 29. The team who I can see picking up a S is PHI. I believe they will choose teh bigger option in Clinton-Dix. I am mixed on whether Pryor would be a good use of the first round.
I think the positions that have kept them from getting over the hump and will keep them vulnerable are CB (so dependent on Talib being there), TE (so bad in the RZ when gronk is out) and DT (who knows if VW and/or Kelly will be back). With those positions intact, they have been good even with the S crew they carry.
I actually would not mind that they reach a bit for Niklas if not able to trade out of 29. That puts them in position to maneuver to get D Jones in the second. What these two picks mean is that you make the Os effectivness in teh RZ less dependent on whether Gronk is playing or not. You also make the interior DLs effectiveness less dependent on whether or not VW and/or Kelly comes back.
Agree that there's never a certainty on the DT's/DL, but one of two of those guys could certainly fall.
This is what I love about "scouting", two people can review a player and come away with a completely different opinion/perception of a player. I personally love Ealy on tape... very good burst/snap anticipation, instinctive with good lateral agility, making a good amount of plays down the LOS or down the field in pursuit, uses his hands/length well, very disruptive off the edge and is frequently seen behind the LOS... high effort, aggressive player. Really like him.
Pryor would be awesome... how about the below Rd 1 alternatives, who would interest you most?