Re: Post Draft Blues
posted at 4/29/2013 12:06 PM EDT
In response to newenglanderinexile's comment:
In response to Brady2Welker47's comment:
I will answer that question for you.
BC most of us are tired of NE and BB trading down for solid players and not going for the can't miss type of player...We are all well aware of Brady's window closing and.we would prefer going all in..quality over Quantity...I love what BB has done and I understand that BC of him the Pats have continued excellence but the Brady window is closing and we would like impact players..just an opinion ..go Pats!!!
So who are these can't miss impact players available at the very end of the first round, where the Patriots usually pick? If the draft is such an easy matter, how come some NFL teams have never even been in a Super Bowl?
You may find this portion of the following article of interest:
New England Patriots – Yeah, yeah, Bill Belichick is the smartest coach who has ever lived and I am nothing but a bumbling sports writer who should bow to his greatness. … Got any other good ones, Pats fans? Look, I'm one of Belichick's biggest fans in the media and one of the few who has defended many of his moves. At the same time, I'm perplexed by some of the things he does in the draft. From drafting too many guys to moving out of the draft at key moments, Belichick oftentimes is a guy who is too smart for his own good. The Pats traded out of the No. 29 spot even though safety Matt Elam was there and Elam fits the profile (hence, Baltimore took him three spots later). The Pats, who are entering the winter of Tom Brady's glorious career, need guys who can help NOW, not in three years. Sure, the Pats picked up a couple smart-guy receivers in second-rounder Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce, but they would have gotten Dobson anyway and could have easily gotten Boyce with a lesser trade later. In other words, they bypassed Elam for no great reason. http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--2013-nfl-draft-winners-losers--sam-bradford-fully-equipped--bill-belichick-thinking-too-hard-233525109.html
Apparently, the Pats still thought that they were hurting at safety, even after signing Adrian Wilson, and spending the 48th overall pick in last years' draft on Tavon Wilson...so much so that they spent the 91st overall pick to reach for more help at safety, in Harmon. At #29, they could have solidified the SS position by drafting the highly rated Matt Elam of Florida. Elam was eventually taken 32nd overall by the Ravens, and is projected to start for them. Is Harmon a projected starter? How many more draft choices are the Patriots going to squander on their secondary?
Lets' see now...they spent their 24th overal pick in 2007 on safety Brandon Meriweather, their 62nd overall pick in 2008 on Terrence Wheatley, their 34th and 41st overall picks on Patrick Chung and Darius Butler in 2009, their 33rd overall pick on Ras-I Dowling in 2011, their 48th overall selection on Tavon Wilson in 2012, and their 91st overall pick on Harmon this year.
The Pats used their 48th overall pick last year on Tavon Wilson, and signed free agent Adrian Wilson...yet BB still thought that he had such a problem there, that he felt inclined to reach for Harmon at #91. Cole's point is if the team felt a need to use such a high choice to reach for yet another safety...why not just solidify the position with Elam...who can step in and play immediately? WR Dobson could have been had at #59.
What Cole doesn't consider is that Collins likely would not have lasted to pick #91. But, his point is that the Pats needed to draft impact players, since the Pats window of opportunity is closing.