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Knowing Colbert's style, he's no dummy, so if I am him, take the pick.
My guess is that was what Colbert was thinking all along. He was probably thinking if no one takes Sanders at 1.3 million (or whatever the tender amount was), we've got a pretty good third receiver at low cost. If they do want to offer him something better, then we get a third rounder that we can use to help us get a replacement, who we'll then have for a few years on a low-cost rookie deal. It's not a bad move by Colbert, but it's also not a bad pick up for the Pats if the Pats end up with him.
I still would like the Pats to draft a receiver with one of their top two picks. If they get a decent rookie, they'd really have a nice receiver group, I think, mostly because they'll have more diversity than they've had in a while at that position.
Not saying I dont like your idea but assuming that happens, how would project your depth chart. We have Amendola, Jones, Edleman(?), Jenkins(?), Sanders, Slater(?)
That right there is 6, which is I think is there max and then you have the issue of mulitple tight ends and our DE's are plentiful so im not seeing how we can fit a top draft pick who HAS to stick, rather I see BB taking a 7th rounder of Sanders comes and see if he can beat out anyone. There is a chance that Jenkins,, Slater, or Edleman could be cut, but none of these new guys can play s/t like Slater and Amendola on punt returns would be like watching a scary movie waiting for an injury. Gronk, Hern, Hooman, Ballard, Fells,etc
I just dont see it
I wouldn't make the assumption that guys like Jenkins, Hooman, Fells, Ballard are locks . . . Remember last year when BB brought in a bunch of fullbacks and veteran receivers and then, in the end, cut most of them and suddenly started collecting even more TEs? I think he looked at what he had and decided going that a heavy TE approach was best. Next year he could look at his players and swing in some other direction. My feeling is the WR corps lacks a true number one still and if one is available in the draft, BB could very well decide to go that way and make adjustments to his roster elsewhere. But he could also use the approach you're suggesting where he brings in a bunch of camp bodies and sees if any of them stick. It's impossible to predict, but I don't think you can count any approach out this early in the preseason. If BB has any predictable characteristic it's that he keeps all his options open as long as possible.