In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to russgriswold's comment:
What a moron.
Even with Hernandez now gone, that's one of the best drafts of the past 15 years, hands down, at least since 1996 and the Ravens draft of Ogden (no brainer pick) and Ray Lewis. Hey, just think, if Brady doesn't melt down in SB 46, Hern goes to prison with a ring! bwahaha
I love when you walk into walls and how these things always come back around into your face.
Anytime you can get an out of the gate HOF talent out of the draft, that's a very good or great draft.
McCourty, Spikes, Gronk, Mesko. Very good players or great players.
A corner turned safety, a questionable talent, an often injured tight end and a kicker.
If that's one of the best drafts in the past 15 years, they should cancel the draft all together.
Do you want to see what one of the best drafts by a team in the last 15 years looks like? Go to San Diego, 2005:
Merriman, Castillo, Jackson, Sproles
That's a great draft. Injured players, players who can't play their position, average players and kickers don't a great draft make.
Merriman and Castillo? Each are roid cases and had very short careers for that reason. Sproles is an electric scatback, but limited as a 3rd down kind of role player and punt returner. Good player. Jackson, good WR, but now wildly overpaid and with some issues with ego.
If Hernandez wasn't such a thug, clearly and VERY clearly, NE's 2010 draft was an A+ draft. It's now more like an A- draft instead, otherwise.
Merriman or Castillo aren't HOF players like Gronk is. Sproles is a scatback. Very good 3rd down back, but not an every down player or a HOF player like Gronk is so far. Vincent Jackson is a good player. I still think NE's draft is superior because of Gronk. I could easily cancel out Hernandez's nice 3 years here with what Merriroid provided in SD. Each is flawed for different reasons. When was Merriroid's last great year? 2007? So, he had 3 nice years like Hernandez. Ok, but that doesn't help your case if those cancel out (for differing reasons).
But, the Gronk, McCourty, Spikes, Mesko (very good punter) list is superior on paper. You have 3 3 down players one GREAT, HOF caliber, and 2 very good 3 down players and a guy is easily a top 3 punter in the AFC every year the last 3 years. Quality and consistent punters are hard to find. Oakland and Buffalo have had great coverage units for years (as have we) with Leclhle and Moorman being so good at what they do. Castillo and Merriroid owe their entire careers to anaboolic steroids which is why their bodies broke down so fast. FAIL for a counter argument.
Gronk, McCourty and Spikes are not "average" players either. See, you try to sneak in a word that you think will stick and it just won't work.
Next to Deion Sanders, McCourty has one of the all time best rookie campaigns in NFL history as a LCB. You're not All Pro as a rookie starting along 4 other rookies on D, and be deemed "average".