Re: A top defensive lineman
posted at 3/5/2013 10:28 AM EST
In response to wozzy's comment:
In response to moskk's comment:
Who we draft at #29 will depend upon how successful we are resigning our own FAs as well as how successful we are in FA. Since we only have 5 draft picks (two of which are 7th rounders) there is the distinct possibility that we may trade out of the first round. Then too, perhaps Mallet becomes an important trade chip to increase our selections.
While Armstead and Vega are unknows as far as their potential contribution to the Pats deficiencies we could be surprised by their value. Despite the "what-ifs" we need to stick with our first premise of rebuilding a better DL. That too depends upon the value of the players available at #29 or in the event of a trade-down the best NEED values on the board. We shouldn't REACH just to conform to a predraft plan!
At this stage of the draft process it's only speculation as to what is needed vs what's available. Supposedly we want to be active in FA yet resigning our own FA may deplete our available cash. Perhaps BB won't even surprise us with curious selections when the time comes?
There's another way to look at it, Brady is nearing the end, time to win now, we have a lot of quality free agents that need signing. It's almost better to package our picks, move up in the 1st round and get quality over quantity at DT, sign our free agents and a few more cap casualties from other teams. This will increase our talent and experience level significantly.
I look at Armstead like a high 2nd, low 1st round pick, he falls under the Marcus Cannon category where, if not for a freak medical issue he would have been one of the top DT/DE's in his draft class. That being said I think we're so talent deficient at D Line (and by D Line I mean true DT's and DE's, not oversized linebackers) that we need to load up so we have the ability to play the 3/4 once again. Vega I don't even consider, he's an outside linebacker tweener who might not even make this team.
A true DT would be nice, another Wilfork type who could play nose in a bind so that Armstead, who at 6'5" is a poor man's Seymour, could play defensive end. The nastiest defense we would have at that point would be the 3/4 over with a front of Wilfork, player X at end, Armstead at the other end and Chandler Jones playing OLB but up on the line like another rush end. The bookends with two 6'5" rushers on the ends would be nasty with a strong push up the middle from two unstoppable D tackles. Ninc could slide back to his more natural OLB position and all of our linebackers would be happy not to have to engage with as many pulling guards.
This would make our defense great again, we're set at every position on the defense besides strong safety... calling Ed Reed and Tavon Wilson.
I find it mildly interesting that Armstead, nearly completely dismissed as a Patriot's contributor a few months ago, is now elevated to a 2nd round status while Vega, similarly signed as a potential contributer, inherits the moniker as irrelevant. I hope you're right on the first supposition and wrong about Vega's potential value. Regardless, I also hope that we can augment our DL while also addressing our need at WR and CB/S in the early rounds and OL at some other interval.
Should we trade out of the first round to gather trading chips and if Mallet is similarly exchanged for additional picks your scenario could very well be in play.