Re: Post Draft Blues
posted at 4/28/2013 12:23 PM EDT
When looking at this draft, first I need to take a look at the starters. We'll go D first:
CB: Talib, Dennard, Arrington - I went 3 deep because in today's NFL, your top 3 are basically starters. I am very comfortable with Talib and Dennard on the outside. Arrington working in the slot is ok with me as well. That being said, I was hoping for nothing better than a #4 CB, and the Pats seemed to get exactly that. If Dowling could ever stay healthy, the need lessens even more...as unlikely as that may be.
S: A Wilson, McCourty, Gregory, T Wilson - The addition of Wilson, another year for T Wilson, and another year of fitting in for Gregory and I see a unit that should be better with McCourty their from Day 1, and Talib helping out by association. Again, the NEED wasn't for a starter, but some depth and potential. They certainly got that in a guy that seems to be "boom or bust". There are a LOT of intriguing snippets to read about the kid. Nobody went to scout him specifically, and many came away with an impression he left. If he OR T Wilson work out over the next 2 seasons, that a win in my book.
LB: Mayo, Spikes, Hightower, Ninkovich - Not a whole lot to complain about here, except they didn't cover TEs, or the middle of the field in general, very well. They needed only a coverage-type LB, or some depth. Again, they seemed to address exactly that.
DLine - Wilfork, Jones, Deaderick, Kelly - Solid. Not spectacular. For me, this unit needs a year of seasoning more than anything else where Jones and deaderick (and Love) can hopefully blossom into more complete players. Jones seems like a stud in the making. They NEEDED little here (pass rushing specialist? I know, about 28 other teams would love the same thing, if they were so readily available, more teams would have them), and they got a decent talent late in the draft.
For the D, I didn't feel like they needed any starter upgrades. Ideally, sure, I could point out 5/6 positions. But realistically, I can't expect 7 Pro Bowl caliber players...it'd be nice to have, but silly to expect.
The O needed ONE thing...an outside WR. They drafted 3. 1 of them is likely to be at least serviceable, and that's as much as I can hope for. Do I wish they found a Greg Jnnings type? Obviously, but who knows! I'm very curious to watch Dobson get out there. And considering Ds will have to watch Gronk, Hern, Amendola and the RBs first, there is potential there for him to find some very soft coverages. That size, speed and hands, and likely looking at a LOT of single converages, and TB as his QB...well, he doesn't have to be great...he just needs to be a legit NFL player.
The Pats are drafting from a position of strength in that most of their starters were already in place. Now either these guys add depth, or outplay a current starter, and raise the level of the team.