Re: Post Draft Blues
posted at 5/4/2013 12:16 PM EDT
In response to BassFishingII's comment:
In response to TexasPat's comment:
One final word on the Patriots' 2013 draft: the Pats' did the right thing in trading down from pick #29. Though they could have landed a possible starter at safety or an intriguing WR prospect, they instead received four (4) draft choices, three of which were amongst the top 102 players. In a draft that was low on blue chip prospects, but deep in good, developmental type prospects, BB made the right decision.
As for BB's selections...the success of this draft hinges primarily on LB Jamie Collins. It's expected that he'll develop into a good starter by year two...and will possibly replace Rob Ninkovich next year, when Nink becomes an UFA.
Like most here, I liked the Dopson pick. The kid is a big WR, that the Pats haven't had throughout BB's reign in New England, with the exception of Randy Moss. Make no mistake...Dopson is a boom or bust type player. But, he's worth the gamble.
CB Ryan Logan at #83 was an okay choice at that spot. Though I don't see him as anything special, he should contribute, and be a solid player in the Pats' system.
As y'all know, I hated the Harmon pick at #91. I can't understand why BB saw it as imperative to take this unheralded prospect with such a high pick. Sometimes, a coach falls in love with a player...or, in BB's case, the Rutger's program. Whatever the reason, this guy should never have been selected so early, at #91. The Pats missed a golden opportunity to invest in QBs Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib. Whether you homers want to face it or not, Tom Brady turns 36 soon. Current back-up QB Ryan Mallett has not impressed during his preseason opportunities, and will soon be hitting free agency. Finding an eventual replacement for Brady is a must, if the Patriots hope to stay among the elite teams, over the next decade. Other good prospects available and passed on for Harmon were WR Stedman Bailey, CB Will Davis, DE/LB Alec Okafor, S Shamarko Thomas, QB Tyler Wilson, OC/OG Barrett Jones, and DT Jesse Williams.
The Boyce pick is intriguing, because of the kid's speed. A good risk at #102, for a team that's desperate for good, young WRs.
I liked the 7th round picks of Buchanan and Beauharnais very much.
Your analysis with the logic on taking a QB in this draft absolutely horrendous.
This was the worst QB class, arguably, of my life. Awful. I don't see any of these QBs having a career as a starter and many will never hold on to even a back up job.
Barkely is small and won't make it. Nassib is a project.
Kind of comical you say Brady will be 36 and Mallet sits there. Mallet will be dealt before next year's draft and BB will have yet again taken a draft pick and gotten good return on it.
And, if he wants to go QB next year, he can. The draft class has got to be better than this one.
Nassib's own head coach felt he had peaked already. Wake up.
RESPONSE: You're such a rude individual. I don't even know why I'm wasting my time. But...I'll use your own warped logic. You boisterously proclaim patience...the draft is a crapshoot, and so on. Yet, you're ready to shovel dirt on two QBs that you know nothing about. If they were such bad players, why would Philadelphia trade up for the first pick in the 4th round to get Barkley? Barkley small? He's over 6'2", and wights 220 lbs.. Why would the NY Giants, with pressing needs on their OL, at RB, and at LB, use the 110th overall pick to select Nassib?
Barkley and Nassib would have been in a perfect situation in New England to learn, much like Aaron Rodgers was in Green Bay. Barkley or Nassib would have had two years to develop behind Brady. In that time, BB would know whether he had his next franchise QB. Yet...doing so, according to you, would be a waste. Yey, spending the 91st overall pick on a back-up safety makes more sense? I guess that the logic of the Eagles and Giants is horrendous too then...right?
How silly is your thought process when you admit that Mallett isn't the answer to replace Brady...and will be moved? If Mallett is such a great prospect, then why, in this so-called worst QB class of your life, didn't a QB needy team part with a second round pick to get him? Yet, you expect that next year the Pats are magically going to get a second rounder for him, when he's a restricted free agent, in a better QB draft class? And...you expect the Patriots to use that pick to draft Brady's successor??
Barkley slipped due to playing behind a bad OL, and playing for a vastly overrated college coach at USC. Nassib dropped partially because he played in obscurity at Syracuse. I'm not saying that either of these QBs is going to pan out. But, isn't it worth the risk with the 91st overall pick to find out? Relatively low risk...high reward, if Barkley or Nassib panned out.