Re: Tedy Bruschi says one of Patriots needs is Running Back???
posted at 4/12/2013 2:47 PM EDT
In response to RidingWithTheKingII's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
I don't like Russel Sheppard, he never reall caught on to the playbook, which is not hyper complex.
If BB is looking for value, I think Ford could be a good option. He didn't flourish, but LSU switches backs in and out. He is a legit HR threat though, and he's never had the ball control issues that Ridely had. He also has much less experience and isn't a natural football mind from what I've seen. He's killer on the option, but there has to be more. He is also leaving because he's lost time to Blue, who looks even better.
Spencer Ware lost time, he was a somewhat less effective version of Ridley, and kind of a duplicate.
Ford in the 56th or something like that would be a great value pick, someone you can farm, and can come compete. He is just a fantastic athlete really. Rolling the dice for cheap can be good.
If BB went high, I would want it to be someone special that really isn't there. From what I've seen Lacy is a lot like Ridley. Kind of an upright runner, cut and go style, some ball control issues, maybe he is a bit thicker, a touch better at the top gear, and has better upside in the passing game than Ridley .... but no, not for a first. Not even close. If it's him or nothing you stand pat with what you have.
All told, you know what Ridley has right now, and I'd rather see more of Vereen before they go on a draft craze. With a roster of WRs of whom only one has ever taken a snap in NE, and a defense that could use talent pretty much at every single roster spot but NT and LBer, spending anything much on a runner is a waste.
If we're talking RBs high here, which I hope he doesn't do at all, Montee Ball is the guy I'd go after. Pro style body, reminds me of MJ Drew. Or, Curtis Martin, for that matter.
I agree, but also I look at Montee Ball, and think ... just get reps to Vereen instead of throwing the draft pick out.
He is roughly the same size, has the tools to be a sick every down combo back like Martin or Tomlinson, just give him a real audition. If they don't like it, or whatever, then revisit RB next season.
A 2nd rounder could be a DE/T, S, CB, OT/G, or WR and fill a more pressing need, because every one of those spots either has a hole, is thin on talent, and/or has an expiring contract in 2014. Whereas at RB you have young guys entering year three and under contract ... it's the final audition, but unless there is someone you CAN'T pass on, just pass.
Rolling the dice low, though, doesn't count. That is why I find the Michael Ford visit interesting ... he is a project, imo, but would come wicked cheap and you can't teach 4.4 speed. There aren't many RBs in the NFL period who can pull away like that.