Re: Belichick's MO for the draft
posted at 3/11/2012 1:52 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Belichick's MO for the draft
[QUOTE]Both Gronk and Hernandez were underclassmen but outside of them, you seem to be right. I'm not sure BB targets injured players per se. He drafts value. Mallett and Hernandez were value picks due to character concerns. Another thing I noticed is BB tends to have a player in mind for his first pick. If the player is there when he's on the clock, he takes him unless he feels he can move back and still get him. He moved back slightly for McCourty in 2010, Chung in 2009 and Mayo in 2008. If he has two first round picks, he is not afaid of trading the second one away like he did last year. He also approaches free agency with an eye to plug holes with good, yet inexpensive players. He can then draft BPA. He almost never goes after the big name expensive players except A. Thomas. He will gamble with troubled players if he can get them on the cheap and can cut them with low risk. Another thing I notice is he tends to cut or trade older guys with big cap numbers. We've seen this time and again. He also shys away from DE conversion types, especially early in the draft. We all know he doesn't draft WR in the first round, EVER. He has only taken three in the second round, Chad Jackson, Bethel Johnson and Deion Branch. If you consider 1st and 2nd round picks as your premium picks, you do see some trends. He goes after OL, DL and DBs the most of any position. I'm counting TEs as OL. 7- OL: Solder, Gronk, Vollmer, Mankins, Watson, Graham, Light 7- DB: Dowling, McCourty, Chung, Butler, Wheatley, Meriweather, Wilson 5- DL: Cunningham, Wilfork, Hill, Warren, Seymour 3- WR: Jackson, Johnson and Branch 2- RB: Vereen, Maroney 2-MLB: Spikes, Mayo Obviously he hasn't needed to draft a QB and he has never taken a conversion type OLB in the top 2 rounds. 5 of the 7 DBs taken were since he let Samuel go after the 2007 season and I believe he is still looking for answers there. He also recently has been using multiple picks to address big needs like when he took Ridley and Vereen last year and Gronk and Hern in 2010.
Posted by Faucetman[/QUOTE]
So what do you think about Crick? Do you feel like he would be a good fit? It is a bit odd that he doesn't make more attempts at the OLB conversion types. There seems to be a plethora of them this year and I hope he selects a couple.