Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 3/7/2014 9:26 AM EST
In response to APpats22's comment:
Thinking more about it, I would like Nix if he's there at 29 but i doubt it so my draft would go:
1. DL Ra'shede Hageman
He scares me a bit but he also amazes me. He has all the physical tools and talent but doesn't always show it. If he can actual put it together, I think he can be something special or he'll be a bust. I don't know if there's a middle ground.
2. TE Troy Niklas
My number 1 choice at TE. He is a beast and easily my favorite of the draft. The best thing is he's versatile, he can be an elite blocker or a threat as receiver. It'll throw teams off if him and Gronk are ever on the same field.
3. LB Telvin Smith
The only other player that could possibly beat Niklas as my favorite is Smith. He may be light (218 lbs) but the guy is fearless and always around the ball. Not injury prone at all and has coverage skills that are important in today's NFL. He can play the hybrid LB/S BB has always coveted. IMO I think he can end up being a steal at this point of the 3rd round.
4. QB AJ Mccarron
TB is only getting older but who is a better protege to bring in than Mccarron? Loved his comments about the Pats during the combine so I had to pick him up here.
*5. RB Andre Williams*
Yes we don't have a pick in the 5th but I'm sure BB can pick one up if he wanted to. If he does, i'd go with Williams. Yes Andre Williams. I have a feeling that he will slip to the 5th seeing as he has some injury concerns and also 1 year of production. Plus he isn't a proven receiving back by any means. It's about time the Pats bring a BC Eagle back home and is really any worse than Bolden?
6. C Ted Larsen
OL is def a need but i'm confident that Kline can step up at OG so that really only leaves a future replacement at C. Larsen is a big man that won't get tossed like Wendell or our other undersized centers do. He doesn't need to step in right away which is the good thing. Hopefully the Pats can develop OL without Scar there.
6. TE Colt Lyerla
OK ok not a popular pick with some people here but you guys can't deny that he has talent. He is explosive and has fantastic athleticism. He didn't run alot of routes at Oregon and isn't a polished route runner but that can be fixed at the next level. He does have his weaknesses (15 reps at the bench press, plus his off field issues) but I honestly don't think it outweighs his positives. He is a bargain this late and we all know BB is the ultimate bargain hunter.
7. LB Max Bullough
Lastly we got Bullough. He was a productive member of the Michigan St defense that was all over the field. He was suspended for the biggest game of his college career but he's just another bargain for BB to swoop up with. I like the way he plays and would love to see him in a Pats uniform.
WRs and a Safety were missing from this draft but I took that into account. I'm actually confident in Dobson and Boyce to be productive. I also thought TJ Moe would've made the team last year if he didn't tear his achilles. Don't forget about Mark Harrison as well. With both a year in the system, I think they can actually compete for roster spots.
Now when it comes down to S, I think Harmon is ready for a bigger role and that BB will bring in someone through FA (TJ Ward hopefully). Lastly is DL, the least of my concerns. I think a group of Vince, Kelly, Jones, Nink, Siliga, Armstead, Buchanan, Jones, Vellano, and now Hageman is more than capable to be a pretty good line.
Overall I would be estatic with this draft. The only part i would like to see is for Logan Thomas to be picked up. He throws a nice ball and has all exceptional physical tools but is very inconsistent. I think learning behind TB and having NFL coaching can bring out the best in him.
I like the players that you've projected in Rd 1-5, but I think Niklas, Smith, McCarron and Williams will be gone a round or half round before the above projection. Niklas and/or Smith might be there, but IDK.
Ted Larsen was drafted by the Patriots in 2010, but I believe he's now a FA. Did you mean Tyler Larsen?
I want no part of Lyerla and don't believe his talent outweighs his off the field problems. I also would not expect the Kraft family to allow the drafting of this kid after the nonsense he spewed about Sandy Hook.
Bullough is a possibility in Rd 7 and I think he's good value there.