Re: 32 high draft picks over 7 years.
posted at 12/28/2013 8:45 AM EST
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Murtl the guy who says Bernard Pierce was a great draft pick but Ridley, Vareen, Gronkowski, Mccourty, Mayo, Volmer, and Solder were not!
Hey, do you have any financial advice, you seem to have a great grasp on reality?
Ridley - benched at least 3 times for fumbling.
Vareen, Gronk, Vollmer - injury magnets.
McCourty - failed CB, mediocre safety.
Mayo - Top 10 pick.
Solder - Stock dropping like a rock.
Babe...here's how I see these players:
1.) Stevan Ridley: If he were a first or second rounder, he'd be a disaster. But, he wasn't a bad third round pick. He's been productive...but...as we all should understand, a RB is liability if he's a fumbler. Who knows, perhaps he can overcome his fumbling issues, as Kevin Faulk and Tiki Barber did. Let's see how Ridley progresses from here. A key fumble by him against the Bills, or in the play-offs, and he's done as a Patriot;
2.) Vereen, Gronk, and Vollmer: True...their lack of production due to injury has hurt the team badly. But, the Patriots have gotten some great mileage out of Gronk and Vollmer, when healthy. When 100%, both were pro-bowl caliber players. Not bad, for the 42nd overall pick in 2010, and the 58th overall pick in 2009.Under the new tackling rules, Gronk, the way that the Pats were using him, was a knee injury waiting to happen. What safety is going to try to bring down this 6'7", 265 pound rhino running in the open field, by tackling him high? Vollmer has a back issue...and has had such issues since college. The Patriots have huge decisions to make in the off-season regarding these two players, the aging Vince Wilfolk, and Jerod Mayo. Should the Pats continue to allocate huge chunks of cap space to these guys next year, and hope for the best, health-wise? Or, do they trade or release these guys, and allocate their salary slots elsewhere? As for Vareen, he is what he is...a part time player. He'll never be the second coming of Shady McCoy or Curtis Martin. But, in time, he could turn out to be another Kevin Faulk.
3.) Devin McCourty: Hasn't turned out to be the next Ty Law, as hoped. But, he's not a bad player...and has been a four year starter;
4.) Jerod Mayo: Was a the 10th overall pick in a rather weak 2008 draft class. Has been a productive player, though not the Patrick Willis type player that the Pats' hoped for.
5.) Nate Solder: Has been a solid player, who still has the potential to evolve into a pro-bowl OT. But, the multiple concussions that he's suffered are a major concern, and threaten to derail his promising career.
That said...my main criticisms are based on the following flops:
1.) 2006: RB Laurence Maroney (21st overall), and WR Chad Jackson (36th overall);
2.) 2007: Safety Brandon Meriweather (24th overall);
3.) 2008: CB Terrence Wheatley (62nd overall), LB Shawn Crable (78th overall), and QB Kevin O'Connell (94th overall);
4.) 2009: SS Patrick Chung (34th overall), DT Ron Brace (40th overall), CB Darius Butler (41st overall), WR Brandon Tate (83rd overall), and LB Tyrone McKenzie (97th overall);
5.) 2010: DE Jermaine Cunningham (53rd overall), and WR Taylor Price (90th overall);
6.) 2011: CB Ras-I Dowling (33rd overall);
7.) 2012: FS Tavon Wilson (48th overall), and DE Jake Bequette (90th overall);
That's 16 top 100 wasted picks over the past seven (7) years...which includes two first rounders, seven 2nd rounders (including three extremely high second rounders), and seven third rounders.
Such a sorry record is unacceptable...as is one of, if not the main reason why the Patriots haven't won a championship since the 2004 season.