Re: ***Draft Thoughts***
posted at 4/28/2012 2:25 PM EDT
I am looking at this draft as a little icing on the cake.
We get Hightower, Jones, Bequette, Wilson and a coming 5th rounder.
Adding these picks to what we've acquired via FA:
Jonathan Fanene (DE)
Marcus Harrison (DT)
Danile Fells (TE)
Robert Gallery (G)
Anthony Gonzalez (WR)
Brandon Lloyd (WR)
Trevor Scott (DE)
Steve Gregory (S)
Now we add these players that should be 100% for this upcoming season that we never saw much of but, could be huge if they play to their abilities:
Shane Vereen (RB)
Ras-I Dowling (CB)
Marcus Cannon (T)
This is the Big Picture to me. Our DL is looking very deep which I love. We have greatly improved our ability to put pressure on opposing QB's which only serves to help our DB's play. Our rushing defense is also greatly improved. I had kind of wished we grabbed Reuben Randle over Wilson but, this is a "trust the hoodie" pick. He had to have seen something that stood out to him.
Personally, I'd love to see Joseph Addai added to the mix as well or at least a good veteran RB that can contribute. Maybe even another veteran WR.
Who knows, sometimes 5th round picks can turn into big time players. Maybe we get a real sleeper here with this pick? It'd be nice.
But step back and look at these players above. Fanene will prove to be a valuable player for us. Having Gallery is huge for us. Fells is a solid TE. If Ras-I stays healthy? That's crucial for us. If Gonzalez can too? Fantastic. Really pulling for Cannon to get some time and show us the player he is.
I see the Patriots as loaded right now and looking through the roster, I see a team that went 13-3 without a pass rush and poor secondary as greatly improved. Is that amazing or what? 13-3 last year and now we have a pass rush. Now we have what could be the best LB corps in the NFL! I mean, Mayo, Spikes and Hightower? We can truly go 3-4 or 4-3 with ease now on defense. Imagine Mayo, Spikes and Hightower along with Chandler Jones in some 3-4 sets? I don't know about you but, visualizing that in your mind is enough to get anyone excited.
I'm not worried one bit. I am not going to look at this draft alone as the improvements we've made. Nope. We've done waaaay more than that. BB has quietly assembled a total team and addressed several concerns with savvy moves.
A+ grade for me this offseason. I don't see it any other way.