Re: Stop Whining
posted at 4/29/2011 11:50 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Stop Whining
[QUOTE]I'll respond on here, b/c at least I know tcal isn't one of the trolls posing as NE Fans... This was/is a bad draft... It has been, it really is. It's about on par with the '08 Draft. Ya know I just tell it like it is. The day after last year's Draft? I was called a "Pats Homer" because I started a thread outlining NE's prospects from that class, and entitled it something like: "NE's 2010 Draft Class...The best Pats Draft in 15 years." Solders a work in progress with fantastic upside... Yet he doesn't have the requisite strength & power yet, in order to be a RT. Also, he got simply schooled during The Senior Bowl practices & game. So then, do you put this rookie at LT protecting Brady's blindside? Either way, no matter HOW quickly he progresses, @ Selection #17, and with Tyron Smith JUST off the big board, BB could have traded back, anywhere from 3-6 or 7 spots, and still targeted one of the 3-4 (Carimi, Castonzo, Solder, Sherrod) OTs that would have been still available... Carimi was a better and a more finished product... Tough to target "great but uncertain 'potential'" at #17 in Rd 1. Dowling's good... Good fit, good skills and a press CB that can lay the wood. Several injuries are always scarey. I mean, the guy pulled a hamstring running the 40 yard dash for scouts. A very good CB, IF he stays healthy... Reminds me of Leigh Bodden skill-wise... Still, BB coulda targeted him half a Rd later, easy. Vereen's a projected 4th rder, that BB took in the 2nd rd...THIS, to me at least, Is NEVER acceptable. He's deceptively strong, takes VERY deliberate and decesive cuts... A very good MUST have in a zone-blocking O-Line. He has extremely soft hands. Smart player...and Cal develops some excellent pro backs. Still, does NOT have run-away speed to take it home. Just average, or just above in tackle breaking. Still, NE desperately imo NEEDED an RB...and there were so many small RBs in this particular class, and the big-ones who WERE a good fit to couple with NE's smaller, more agile, O-Line, weren't anything spectacular. Either way though, He's most probably NOT a 3 down RB. He looks and plays like a better version of BJGE/Woodhead combo...and as a multi-rd "Reach"? Not good enough draft call... Then what? A 2nd RB. This one, IS an RB more befitting NE's offensive scheme... Yet, he's very unproven. Don't get me wrong, watching the filmwork, He looks decent... BUT, 1 more MULTI-RD REACH=No excuse when he can be targeted later... Ryan Mallet=SUPERB Draft Day Value... Yet, awful, simply awful positional target when taken in conjunction with BB pulling the trigger on a 2nd RB just before Mallet. ~Honestly, I TRULLY believe, that IF you were perhaps BB's best friend, and maybe IF you tortured him, and gave him truth serum, and maybe tortured him some more, and then probably signed a secrecy contract before torturing BB 1 last time...He'd admit that he sorta gambled just a bit too much in this draft, and that the chips did not fall as he best hoped they would. Just my take... Still LOVE my team...still HATE Patriot-Poser-Fans...Still KNOW there's Free Agency...And still KNOW we WILL be dominant yet again. But this was and has been, a very sub-par draft.
Posted by LazarusintheSanatorium[/QUOTE]
I have to agree with you.
The list of players taken looks good when viewed in isolation of where the team is - i.e., inability to pressure the passer (or broaden it to getting in the opposing backfield more often).
But that's the thing...This is the third year that it's been obvious to everyone that NWE needed help in the front 7.
And to some extent, because BB has a brilliant football mind, you give him the benefit of the doubt. But even brilliant people can be wrong. There are times when the herd actually gets it right.
And I wonder what that interview of his about front 7 guys all about. He did not pick one in the first three rounds.