Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 4/24/2014 9:57 AM EDT
Hey Rame, don't be offended but I copied and pasted your comment to avoid the "wide open spaces" this new software creates between lines on "responses" to posts...here are some of my thoughts:
Would you trade a 2015 1st rd pick and our 4th rd pick #120 for San Fran's 2nd #56 (from KC) and 3rd #77?
(With only 5 picks in next years draft I see us trying to pick up at least one additional pick next year, not trade away what might be the only decent pick next year...don't forget, many guys who would have been available next year came out even earlier this year because of the increase in the length of rookie contracts that goes into effect for the 2015 draft...there'll be slim pickings next draft, that's why this year's is so deep....but usually, I'm not opposed to see them get more picks THIS year because it IS so deep!)
What about the Jags, who have those two high picks in the 5th, sending us their 2nd #39, 3rd #70 and 5th #150 for our 1st #29 and 6th (our own, not Philly's)? They are a franchise needing an impact player who could drop to 29 but be gone by 39.
The Raiders LOVE trading with us. How about pick #62 and #77 for pick #36?
(Again, when it comes to trading picks, I'm all for BB acting like Wall Street and stealing from the poor...take all you can from desperate teams like the Jags and Raiders whenever possible)
#36 - TE Amaro or Seferian-Jenkins - sneak in front of the TE starved Falcons and grab the guy BB and Daniels prefer for our system (Niklas is a dark horse here and they BETTER be sure he's as elite as the other two)
(I'm very much OK with either guy at this pick if they're there...we really do need a quality TE aside from Gronk.)
#39 - RB Carlos Hyde - A power back who could be better than Blount day one and complement Ridley/Vereen really well, cheap labor at a position the Pats HATE to spend on
(Love Hyde in the 2nd, but we could get a decent back in the 3rd, maybe even the 4th)
#56 - C Weston Richburg - Keep Connolly at G since he hasn't played C in 3 years and get our future C, a leader/4 year starter everyone is high on to hopefully beat Wendell out or at least be just a 1 year understudy
(They may do this and use the opportunity to simply cut Connolly due to his salary...they like Richburg if you believe the press and if it's not a BB smokescreen.)
#70 - The best pass rusher left on the board. Could be Dee Ford, Attaochu, Crichton, Murphy, Van Noy, DeMarcus Lawrence.... I hope 1-2 of these guys will last until pick 70 and help rotate with Nink and get to the QB. Or else we could take one of them at 56, go with Skov at 70 and and #150 an interior O-line guy like Larsen or Stork at C.
(Best Pass Rusher on the board....agreed, although I doubt Ford, Attaochu, Crichton, Van Noy or Lawrence will be there in the 4th...might have to grab one in the 2nd to get a decent one.)
#140 (comp pick) - Best available DT, it'd be nice if DaQuan Jones was here, or Ed Stinson/DeAndre Coleman, many are afraid of McCullers the project, but I'd trust the Pats did their homework on a guy who would replace Wilfork in 2-3 years
(Jones never makes it to the comp pick in the 4th...Coleman will go after the 4th because he's not a pass rusher...Stinson and McCullers are right about here, IMO)
#150 - An interior LB'er. Jordan Tripp has the cone drill and pedigree BB loves. Yawin Smallwood may drop b/c of speed issues but plays quicker than he is and makes impact plays. Preston Brown of L'Ville could be another Spikes, just play on obvious rushing downs but contribute right away.
(Most projections have Smallwood as a 4th rounder, some earlier, but Brown should be there, and yes, they do need a backup MLB type...if they go fast, coverage LB, they'll have to go no later than the 3rd to get a really good one.)
6th rd (from Philly) - possibly use the 7th to move up, I'd take a risky player who has dropped at this point. I see CB Louchiez Purifoy or S's Ed Reynolds and Antone Exum being in this spot, guys who should have gone day 2 but character/injury/combine stuff led to a fall
(Exum would be my choice if he drops this far, or someone like Cockrell from Duke, with both guys coming off of injuries which they should fully recover from, although their rookie years could see them not really ready to play much because of that, but Exum will most likely go before the 6th, maybe the 5th at the latest...I don't want Puirfoy and neither will the Pats...trouble last week with the cops due to possession and intoxication from weed and bath salts....we've had enough of that crap around here!)