Re: Mel Kipers Picks for the Pats in the first round
posted at 1/20/2011 9:14 PM EST
In Response to Re: Mel Kipers Picks for the Pats in the first round
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Mel Kipers Picks for the Pats in the first round : JHr, Below is my most recent mock. IMO, it’s filled with a lot of kids that hit what BB looks for in his players; tough, smart, physical, athletic and versatile etc., "Footbal Players". ***A wildcard could be Muhammad Wilkerson, the 6-5 305 DL (Declared) out of Temple, a virtual unknown to most, but a player that has become a popular name on this thread and could be an option at some point in Rd 1 as teams are able to research him further. He’s extremely strong and stout at the POA and looks like an ideal fit as a BB 3-4 DE in which he can occupy multiple blockers/gaps allowing their LB’s to make plays. He’s also shown the ability to be disruptive behind the LOS with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 TFL on the season*** 17 (Oak)- Cameron Jordan (6-4 287) DL Cal or JJ Watt (6-6 300) DL Wisconsin - Both are big tough, strong and disruptive kids that really get after it, are strong at the POA, can split the double and are scheme diverse which is a huge value. Both would represent a big upgrade to the NE DL and are potential impact players up front. 32 (Own)- Mike Pouncey (6-5 309) C/OG Florida - BB continues to convert Foxboro into Gainesville North. This kid has great size and strength, he’s versatile and can potentially start at all three interior OL positions. He’s also a smart kid, has a ton of experience, comes with a championship pedigree and is proven against top competition. Pittsburgh will be hard after this kid too, to pair up with his twin brother Maurkice who they drafted in Rd 1 of 2010 draft. He’s worked out really well for them. 33 (Car )- Mark Herzlich (6-4 247) LB BC - I think he’s more valuable to a team like NE that’s generally high on a player’s character. He was generally regarded as a top 10 type talent before he got and beat cancer and should regain that form as his body continues to heal from treatment. He’s big, tough, versatile, physical, smart and instinctive; the kind of blue-collar type player that you want on your roster and in your locker room. I think he’d be great addition to the NE LB corp. 64 (Own)- Randall Cobb (5-11 186) WR/RB/KR/PR/QB/DB Kentucky - You want versatile? This kid could be the most versatile player in America. He has the quickness, agility and suddenness that BB likes in his WR’s, is tough after the catch with big play ability which fits their offense and also gives them value as a RB/KR/PR and emergency CB, heck he had two tackles on D this year and has the SEC pedigree. He was ultra productive with 144-1661-13 as a receiver, 228-1313-22 on running plays, 2 return TD’s and 5 passing TD’s in his career. I think his stock will continue to rise, especially with Blackmon, Broyles and Floyd staying in school and you could eventually see him come off the board in the early portion of Rd 2 similar to Dexter McCluster who went 36th overall to KC last year. 74 (Min)- Robert Sands (6-5 220) S WVU - Great size/speed combo, good instincts and ball skills, aggressive yet secure tackler, reads, reacts and fills downhill quickly, versatile and can play down in the box or the deep half/third. He could allow BB to get creative and utilize him in some sort of S/LB hybrid type role and could be the long term compliment to Chung in the NE secondary. 96 (Own)- Thomas Keiser (6-5 250) OLB Stanford - Has the size that BB looks for, new to the position after moving from DE when Stanford moved to the 3-4 but had a solid first year with 5.5 sacks and 9.5 TFL. Smart kid and brings it on every down. He does provide some scheme versatility if they run some 4-3 sub-packages as he was a 1 st Team Freshman All-American at DE in 2008 with 6 sacks and 7 TFL and followed that up with 8 sacks and 15 TFL in 2009. I look forward to researching this kid further to get a better read on his first step and ability to operate in space/coverage. -Or- Brooks Reed (6-3 255) OLB/DE Arizona - Great first step and quickness off the snap, has the ability to set the edge, shows the ability to be disruptive and pressure the pocket from the outside, good awareness and ability to re-direct and plays the game like a man on fire. He should draw comparisons to Clay Mathews in appearance, motor/aggression and Pac 10 pedigree. 98 (DEN)- Owen Marecic (6-0 243) FB/LB Stanford - He's one of my favorite players in this class, a true throwback that starts on both sides of the ball at Stanford. Smart, rugged, versatile player that could contribute in a number of ways, which is just the kind of player BB has won championships with. I saw him score on back to back plays against ND. First on a FB dive, went back onto the field for the next defensive series and pick of the first pass, returning it for a TD. -Or- Bilal Powell (6-0 216) RB Louisville - H e possesses a great combo of power, burst and vision, shows some big play ability (3 70+ yd TD runs in 2010) and reminds me of Frank Gore in both looks and running style. He also show the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and looks like a three down player, IMO. 160 (Own)- Derek Hall (6-5 305) OT Stanford - Has adequate size for the position (similar to Matt Light), smart kid, was Honorable Mention All Pac-10 in 2010 and Scar could turn him into a starting caliber RT. 183 (N.O.)- Greg McElroy (6-2 228) QB Alabama - Time to acquire and develop a replacement for Hoyer, who could be trade bait in the coming year or two. McElroy is a smart kid, very accurate (70.9 comp % in 2010), manages the game well, makes few mistakes, looks to be a great fit for their short/intermediate passing scheme, comes with a championship pedigree and is proven in the SEC.
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Good to see you back mbeaulieu; I need to look forward to the draft after that debacle on Sunday. The draft absolutely has to be supplemented with an aggressive free agency period this year. It kills me to think if we just had one guy in the front seven that scared teams (aside from Wilfork), we'd probably be playing the Steelers this weekend.