Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 4/7/2014 7:28 PM EDT
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I don't feel like BB thinks DL is as big of a deal as everyone makes it out to be. I personally think it's not a big problem. I'd put the need for TE, OL, and LB over DL in that order. I can see just 1 DL drafted and a double dip at OL. I can see just 1 TE too in the draft and then BB outbiding someone for a top UDFA TE.
Out of curiousity why?
Both Nink and Jones had to play 95+% of the snaps last season. You can't keep on running them out like that. They get burnt out by the end of the season (as we saw) and you are greatly shortening their playing careers and increasing their chances of injury. It's hard to believe Buchanan or Bequette is the answer to this considering the Pats were forced to go out and bring in Carter who should be home watching the games in a recliner.
For DT, Wilfork and Kelly are both getting older and coming off injury. Chances are that both won't be 100% so you aren't sure what you will get from either at this point. Even still you need to start adjusting their snaps and limiting how much you use both. We saw without both the DL fell apart. We went from one of the better run D teams in the league and one of the better teams that generated pressure (mind you small sample set) to the 2nd worst run D and a below average team to get pressure. It was such a drastic drop off BB traded for Soap and when that failed pulled in Siliga (a player on his 4th team coming from 2 teams with better DLs then ours). Who Siliga immediately got playing time because it was clear once teams got film on Jones and Vellano they were washed out. Then in the playoffs Siliga was a none factor because one of his former teams (Den) knew how to wash him out. That means it's only a matter of time before other teams drop in that tape and see exactly what Den did.
I just look at this DL and see it's rice paper in a rain storm thin at the ends and the middle is essentially tissue paper you hope two previous injures can come back and be effect.
I'm with you on Buch
I guess I'm optimistic really. I agree that Jones and Nink shouldn't play that many snaps but I'm high on Buchanan and I think he makes the jump this year. As well I think that this position is more likely to get another addition, draft or FA. Call it a hunch but I bet if Armstead actually makes the team and plays, he'll get snaps on the outside in relief of Jones or Nink.
As for DT, I like the idea of having 6 guys to rotate. I don't think Vince or Kelly should play huge snaps, they would be better to keep fresh. I don't see a problem with Vince, Kelly, Armstead, Jones, Siliga, and Vellano. Obviously 1 won't make it prob Vellano but what's to worry about this? I think that Jones and Vellano both ran out of gas. The were used a lot more than usual for a 6th rounder and UDFA and of course hit the rookie wall. I'm still high on those too. Siliga not as much but you never know. I can see Jones developing into a starter and Vellano into a Mike Wright/Jarvis Green kind of player. Not a guy who is going to start all the time but is a pretty good role player.
I'm with you on Buchannan, I think he makes that jump. He's a talented player but like you said I still think there's need to add depth. It might be the lack of depth at LB even when they had Spikes it was still a light group after the starters but I like to see what Hightower can do off the edge. 6'4" 270 with quick first step, he's played snaps at DE before could be interesting to see even do a "nascar package" with him inside?! maybe? lol
I do think LB as I said before is a position that needs depth in a bad way. Reason I gave two completely different style players in last mock but both bring very good skills for sub packages.