Re: Final grade for the NFL 2012 draft
posted at 1/8/2013 9:55 AM EST
Disclaimer : Hindsight = 20/20
Moving up for C Jones appears to have been a wise move but I'm not sure the Hightower grab will pay the same dividends (still waiting for him to make a significant impact play )
Especially when a playmaking Lb like Seattles Bobby Wagner was still on the board in 2nd round - #47 overall ( Pete Carrol picked the Jets ' pockets by moving back and also getting an extra 5th / 7th - when Jets moved up 4 spots for Stephen Hill )
At #48 overall - we then belatedly select Tavon Wilson .
( supposedly after a trade partner couldn't be found....I wonder if B. Wagner was on Pats' radar and then after Sea took him off the board - we tried to bail ... doubtful considering our Db needs at the time )
Speaking of which - safety Harrison Smith didnt go until late 1st round -pick # 29 .
Tavon Wilson shows promise ...but I'm sure most would rather have made a move to aquire H. Smith .
Considering the Pats first three picks were DE /LB /Safety
With a lil more wranglin' -the Pats conceivably could have come away with a more potent trio :
The draft is one big Buterrfly Effect -
If the Pats do the above - maybe BB then doesn't get db's Dennard / Ebner ...but maybe a corner like Jayron Hosley comes into play ( #93 to NYG's ) .... doubtful as the unimpressive (so far ) DE Jake Bequette was tapped 4 picks ahead of the Giants impressive rookie .
I love going back to past drafts and picking 'em apart .
IMO - right now this draft looks like one of BB's best .