Re: Is there an explanation for this madness?
posted at 4/30/2011 11:01 PM EDT
In Response to Is there an explanation for this madness?
[QUOTE]I would like for ANYONE to defend Belichick right now. Please do. It is simply idiotic what the Pats are doing. Haven't we learned anything from past years? This draft is a complete joke, one of the worst any team has had. How can one explain this? We all knew what the need was. A DE, OLB, WR. Everyone knew we desperately needed a DE and a OLB. Yet BB doesnt know that?! You have got to be kidding me if you think it's alright to go into a season with such a weak D line. 1st round, 17th pick. can understand going with an OT. Could've taken Cameron Jordan. 28th pick- why trade it away if you can get Hayward, and he went to Steelers. Steelers know a thing or two about great LB's. Why pick a CB with 33th pick? We have McCourty and Bodden. Pretty Solid. What are they thinking drafting a RB? I thought we were fine with Ellis and Woohead. If they really want a RB, why not take the best one in the draft, Ingram?! The 3rd round was simply a disgrace. So now we need a 2nd running back. He will be the 4th best running back on this team. That can be had in 6th round. Also wasted a pick on Mallett. So now a QB was our need? 3rd round pick who wont play in the next 4 years. I dare any of you to defend this nonsnece. Anyone remember wasting a 3rd round pick on Kevin O'Connell. Unbelievable. Belichick has simply lost his mind. Either he is not thinking straight or he has lost it when it comes to defense. Apparently BB thinks its not neccesary to have a defense like Packers, Steelers.Washington just selelcted Hankerson. How can anyone argue that this wouldn't be a better pick than Mallett or the 2nd rb we took? Hope the Pats have fun with the marshmallow defense next year and midget WR's.
Posted by Spetznaz24[/QUOTE]
I'll defend BB to a degree. If he thought that Heyward and Wilkerson were more valuable to the Pats than the 56th overall pick and the Saints' #1 pick in 2012, he would have taken them. Obviously, he did not. It remains to be seen whether or not he was right.
I didn't like the Dowling pick either, because the guy is injury prone. He has great physical tools. But he sounds like the type of guy who will get up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water, and pull a hamstring in the process. The Dowling selection also tells me that BB thought this to be a very weak draft...and that he didn't think too much of potential pass-rushers, Jabaal Sheard and Brooks Reed. Again, time will tell as to whether he's right.
Like you, I'm unhappy about what BB did with the 56th and 60th selections. To me, this all but ruined the Pats' draft...as I expanded on in great detail in my Report Card post.
The trade of the 60th pick netted BB the 73rd and the 138th overall selections. I hated the Ridley pick...because I felt that he could have been had in round 4 or 5. But, kudos to BB for the Marcus Cannon selection. If not for healthg issues, Cannon likely would have been selected in the mid 2nd-3rd round. He's a mountain of a man, and the RG of the future for the Patriots.
I totally disagree with you on the Mallett pick. I felt that he was the best QB prospect in this draft. He's accurate, got a cannon for an arm, and has Roethlisburger-like size, standing 6'7", and weighing in at 255 pounds. The guy is either going to flop, or become a star QB. Tom Brady is 34 years old, and can't go on forever. If the Pats hit the jackpot on this guy, they have their franchise QB for the next decade! Or...they have a bargaining chip that will net them a first round draft choice, in the future. That's well worth the risk of the 74th overall pick, in a weak draft class.
Yes...the draft could have gone better, But...it's not nearly as bad as you let on. If Solder and Dowling end up being good players, it's a success. If anybody other than them produce, it's gravy. Those two guys are the key to this draft.