Re: Sure glad the Patriots didn't draft Mark Ingram last year
posted at 5/5/2012 11:58 AM EDT
In Response to Sure glad the Patriots didn't draft Mark Ingram last year
[QUOTE]Lots of Patriots fans were crying when BB didn't draft Mark Ingram last year. I guess BB knows a thing or two after all and maybe we should all just shut the F*#k up and let him run his team while we sit back and continue to enjoy them winning year after year! Per Rotoworld Mark Ingram underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday and will be sidelined for the next six weeks. It's Ingram's third known surgery since August of 2010 and second on the knee, which was also "scoped" just prior to his final college season. The recovery timeline given suggests this is another routine scope, although it's a growing concern for a player multiple teams reportedly removed from their boards leading up to the 2011 draft due to knee worries. Ingram's other surgery was an operation to repair a turf-toe injury in January. Ingram will enter the 2012 season with medical red flags in addition to preexisting workload concerns. Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter May 4 - 7:00 PM
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Why should we have to sit back as fans, and not have an opinion? That's why we are fans! BB is a great coach, and has been good at evaluating free agents, and, for the most part, with his trades. The only chink in his armour has been the actual draft selects he's made.
This year, I hated the Tavon Wilson pick, for reasons previously stated in great detail, in other threads. On the same token, last year, I didn't like Mark Ingram. At the time he was drafted, I stated that he wasn't even the best RB on his college team...Trent Richardson was. Plus, I felt that Ingram was damaged goods, coming off a knee injury in college. To me, and, apparently, to BB, not selecting Ingram was a no brainer.
This issue on the 28th overall pick in 2011 was whether the Patriots should use the pick on DE/DT Muhammad Wilkerson, or to trade down. Though the jury is still out on Wilkerson, time will tell whether the Patriots made the right choice. In exchange for not selecting Wilkerson at #28, the Pats added RB Shane Vereen, and got the 27th overall pick this year...which they flipped to get DE/OLB Chandler Jones.
Wilkerson was last years' Michael Brockers. Although he didn't show all that much in his rookie season, he started, and flashed potential: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/jets/wilkerson_holding_his_own_on_line_
, and http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/jets/post/_/id/11984/jets-draft-preview-defensive-line-2
Shane Vereen showed nothing last year, primarily due a lingering hamstring problem. Chandler Jones is an exciting guy...with the potential to become the Pats' next Willie McGinest, or be even better. How these two players perform in 2012 will go a long way towards determining how just how far the Patriots can go.