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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.
Well that's nice, but of course then we will have to spend yet another draft pick to replace Mallett. And if by some miracle we get a second rounder for him, we then will most likely spend a fourth or fifth to replace him...so it's like we are trading a fourth and Mallett for a second...doesn't make sense or provide value when you consider Brady will then be 37 and the QB we draft will have no experience in our system...compared to Mallett's four years experience.
Yeah. I'm actually all for hanging on to Mallett. Brady won't play forever, and even if he retires at 38 (let's say) then Mallett would have an Aaron Rogers-esque 4 seasons of tutelage. It's better than just getting "a guy" off the street the day Brady retires.
I loved Mallett's potential at Arkansas, and hated LSU playing against him. Evne though he kind of had a rep as a meathead jock type, he has the prototypical qualities of a starting NFL QB of a very high caliber.
Either way, it's *blank* or get off the pot with developing another QB. If it's not going to be Mallett NE needs to spend a pick next draft.
Also, I don't have any problems with NE using a pick on a QB every other draft. It's the hardest roster spot to fill with quality, the NFL is a chaotic, random, and violent sport where anyone can be injured, and taking shots with 4th to 7th round picks to see if you strike gold or just to bolster yourself against calamity is a good idea.