Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 2/27/2014 1:18 PM EST
In response to mbeaulieu07's comment:
What (1) player are you most intrigued by in this draft class?
For me, it remains FSU LB Telvin Smith... 6-3 218, athletic rangy, aggressive, physical and competitive... he's the prototype hybrid defender for today's NFL and I'd love to see how BB and the defensive staff would utilize him.
Hageman... for the same boom or bust potential that PE talks about.
It's maddening to try to watch the kid on film. On the three or four MIN games I watched (meaning I watched through at least 3 qtrs, just fastforwarding to each of the D snaps), he was off the field on roughly half of the D snaps, for some reason. And when on the field, he seems to get erased a lot by single blockers.
And then... just when you are ready to completely dismiss him and turn off the DVR, he flashes a sizzle play that you would expect from a kid who looks as good as he does standing still. Then you wonder, what the heck?!!! Why does he not do that more often? He is big enough, strong enough, fast enough, be should be completely capable of doing that a lot more often. Why doesn't he?
Looking at his stats, you could easily say he's an underachiever. He has 13 TFLs, which is less than half Donald's. Yet, considering how many D snaps he sits out, you could argue that he is productive when he is on the field.
So the question is why does his coach pull him off the field a lot? Does his coach not look at him as a 3-down DL? Is it a skill issue? Is it a fitness issue? Is it an effort consistency issue?
Ultimately, you have to ask if it is an issue that BB and staff can fix. If a skill or fitness issue, then the answer is yes, assuming he has a good work ethic. Pats7393 pointed out that he was a TE 'til a few years ago. He could still be learnig the position. If it's an effort issue, then no thanks. I do not want another AD Thomas on the DL.
If the Pats does pick him, and if theya re able to fix him, it could be fun. Even more fun is if he could leverage his TE skills and play the role that Vrabel used to do at the RZ.