Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 3/31/2014 10:18 AM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
Ok guys after FA how are you feeling about each position. For me here's what I'm looking at:
QB - I don't see them trading Mallett at this point. Not because they wouldn't (honestly anything in the 3rd or higher and I think he's gone) but because there is no one to trade to. Hou grabbed Fits, Minn got Cassel, I have a feeling Clev is ok with Hoyer and might draft a guy in the 1st, and Oak looks good. I just don't see a team to sen Mallett. So to me I'm looking at next year for a QB and not in this year.
I agree that Mallet sticks, though I think McCarron in Rd 3 or an Aaron Murray on Day 3 could interest them.
WR - They are still looking at guys but after bringing in LaFell and Harrison being camp comp not everyone from last years roster will make the team as is. Unless a major talent falls I just don't see them taking a WR this year. Though I wouldn't be shocked if they get a guy they really like in the mid rounds like a Coleman or Moncrief.
Middle rounds/Day 3 would be a prime target to land some value... I think they come out've this draft with at least (1) WR.
RB - Losing Blount I think was planned and I doubt Boldin is the solution. Boldin is more or a generic run of the mill back and they don't have a proper backup for Vereen so I can see them taking a mid round pick on a smaller pass catching back with some power and speed. There are 3-4 names out there that fit those criteria.
It seems BB and Co have been in touch with some RB's per the quote that I had posted last week, so I'd fully expect them to take (1) in this class as well.
TE - A major need imo. They can't trust Gronk will be healthy and we saw what the TE's look like without Gronk, esp in the RZ. They need to get someone and I don't think it's going to be a pass catching exclusive guy. I think they want to find someone who can fill Gronks shoes if he goes down but still give you more than what Hooman can give you in the passing game.
I'm not overly enamored with any of the TE's that could be available to them... but I agree that a Niklas or ASJ or CJF or Lynch, etc. could be targets due to their ability to play inline or flexed out. It's certainly a need.
OT - Solder and Vollmer both had issues staying on the field last season and Cannon might eventually have to move inside next offseason so looks like they need a swing guy who can be groomed to be a starter down the road.
Would be a smart play.
OG - This place needs some depth. This year Cannon seems best staying as the primary T backup but either they need to find a G replacement or move Cannon inside eventually. A swing guy here is a good possibility in the mid rounds
C - With Wendells contract looks like he going to be the starter unless someone is coming in and blowing them away. I don't see them going early on a C in a weaker draft for C's. Maybe they take someone in the mid-late rounds to groom with the possibility of them taking a Koppen jump at camp but I don't see them spending early
DT - Both Kelly and Wilfork are aging and coming off of injury. You can't give them both meaningful reps. Armstead is still a massive unknown and you can see how they feel about Vellano and Jones starting when they traded for Soap and signing Siliga. They need a real starting quality DT and past the 2nd-mid3rd I'm not seeing many. Last year was the time they should have grabbed one or the year before but BB likes drafting into the weaker areas of the draft so I can see him getting one early.
I love Brent Urban in Rd 3 or 4... also love Ed Stinson in Rd 4, but I too would like to see them add some talent/depth at DT within the first 3 rounds.
DE - Nink and Jones are the starters. There is no doubt about that. What they need is a 3rd rotational guy with pass rushing ability. Unless Ealy drops I'm not sure I see them taking one early. There are some good rotational pass rushers available in the 3rd-5th rang so I see them going to other areas of need first prior to getting a 3rd DE
I'd like to see them target this position high and outside of Ealy, I love Attaochu and even Dee Ford in Rd 1, or Marcus Smith in Rd 2. I'd rather they don't wait until later on this one.
LB - They have a good 3 but no one behind them. They need a 4th guy, preferably one with coverage ability. Maybe they look to kill 2 birds with one stone and grab a LB/SS hybrid]
I think they continue to add athleticism/skill here... and will target kids with the ability to cover, and give them increased flexibility as the game turns more situational.
S - Speaking of S, they need a larger in the box safety who can cover bigger TE's and RB's. Harmon looks like a good money coverage S but I don't think he can be the enforcer they need in the playoffs. However, Revis and Browner will give them the ability to overlook this area if they chose to.
I still want that assassin for the back end of the secondary.
CB - Revis is a one year deal and Browner needs to keep his nose clean. If Browner keeps his nose clean then Ryan and Dennard moving forward should be good enough moving forward to not have to draft a CB (could this be the first draft in a while since we didn't draft a DB?). Unless someone really drops I don't see them drafting a CB this year.
I'll be interested to see how they'll address this situation as there is some uncertainty after this year. Wouldn't be surprised to see them target a kid with size, positional versatility and a good 40/3C like Dontae Johnson or our boy Exum in the middle rounds.