Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 3/21/2014 3:03 PM EDT
Wow, surprised by the first 5 picks. With a WR deep draft, do you see 2 gone before clowney?
More the teams who are picking, both Jags and Rams are desperate for WR help and these two guys are supposed to be two the best prospects to come out. For Rams in specific, they need to give Bradford that true #1. The Jags, flip of a coin they are just a mess lol
But yes I think those two will go before Clown..ey (btw, not a fan of his that might also have something to do with it)
I would argue that if you want to improve your passing game, you would address the QB position first (Unless you already have the QB).
I would rather have Aaron Murray than Manzel, rather take my chances with AJ McCarron and would say I like Jimmy Garoppolo in the 2nd over Bridgewater with a top 5 pick. And a great WR makes an average QB a probowler.
It does not matter if you think the remaining QBs are top 5 material. If you are JAX or CLE, you simply ahve to look at whether Manziel, Bridgewater, or Bortles is better than the QBs you carry. If yes, you have to pick a QB.
Also, STL has picks 2, 13 and 44. Withe depth at OL and WR, wouldn't it be more reasonable to think they go Clowney at 2, OT at 13 and WR at 44?
I think the margin of a watkins/evans to other WRs is that much, both are going to be top 10 picks.
And I knew this was going to be a "come on man" type mock lol
Every mock is. At elast there's always going to be a guy who will do the "come on man"
I actually think it's great that you are taking a very comprehensive view of the needs of other teams too. I don't know to what extreme you do it, but I always have respect for deep analysis.
One question I have is whether you ahd looked at needs not just for this season but for the coming seasons. Specifically, have you considered whether the team has key contributors on their fourth year. Keeping key talent can become very expensive, when they hit FA.
On the STL roster, there is Quinn - a fourth year guy. On the other hand, there is Clowney sitting at #2. Using the logic you articulated for why to pick Watkins early, could you not say also that there is a big difference between Clowney and whomever they can get at 13, so much so at 44? Actually, how do you think Clowney compares to any of the edge rushers picked up in the last year?
If I have to guess, the only circumstance that STL will not pick Clowney is if HOU picks him.
I go team by team looking at a number of site, listing both current needs and have an idea of where they stand as a team. Look at FA moves did they pickup starters who do they have already, and in some cases like Rams the division they play in.
When you play 49rs, Seahawks and Cardinals they all have good defenses with at least an above average CB or multiple. The ability to matchup on O without a WR for them it is not possible.
As a team a WR will make a bigger impact at this point than a DE because of how, take seattle, they wouldn't be able to just stack everything against the run because they don't respect any Rams WR, not even Tavon Austin because they jam him and knock him off his route. There's not another guy there that demands attention.
Not saying Watkins right now 1 n 1 will win against Sherman but gives them a true #1 teams will have plan for. Just an example.
Jags man that's a coin flip (see Alualu pick 2010) but they have been looking for a true #1 and Evans IMO is as good at Watkins or very close to it. While they have other needs, they tried the QB before WR now I think the WR before QB works for them. If they add say McCarron paired with Evans, I like that combination.
Just a few on how I look at everything, I need a life though. I'm a NFL GM wanna b haha I usually sit for atleast 1 2 3 hours doing these.