Re: This is not negativity
posted at 4/27/2013 3:43 PM EDT
In response to mia76's comment:
Oh well - I really like the first three picks -
Everyone wants help with the pass rush - so we draft the fastest OLB/DE hybrid who just happens to have a 41.5" vertical (at 250lbs!) on top of a 6'3 frame with long arms and has experience playing as a DB - so he upgrades pass rush, disruption of passing lanes, and underneath coverage of TEs and RBs. Might help against the read option as well. - Check
Everyone wants a tall WR and a fast WR - so we draft a guy with A+ hands, a big body, 6"3 height, speed (3.37 at his pro day), good football IQ, decent route running, AND no red flags. - Check
Need depth in the defensive backfield - so we pick up an aggressive CB, and stretch for an aggressive S - Not all that exciting but ... 3rd rounders never are until they prove that they are good, and only at best 1 in 4 of them ever do (closer to 1 in 10 by the back end of the round)
Do I want a DT and some OLine depth - sure, but we have three new DL already on the roster and a fair amount of depth players so after the top of the first round, not sure how much real help was out there. And with Scar working his magic, 4th rounders and later on the OLine is about what I expected.
Honestly, I haven't seen much of these players other than some tapes after they were drafted. Bedards blurb regarding Collin's really bothered me. Great athlete, no doubt, but sounds like he has some serious dog in him, which to me is a major red flag.
Dobson is a project. Every young WR that comes to this team is, unless they are top 5 talent, which Dobson is not. That's fine however, as the Pats need to develop some WR's even if it takes 2-3 years. I have no problem with his selection.
How many CB's do you expect the team to keep? I think it will be 5. We have to assume Talib, Dennerd and Arrington are locks. Ras has more talent than the Rutgers CB, not that it means Ras is a lock. But lets face it, the Pats keep 2 of 3 between Ras, Cole and Ryan. I also think they keep 5 safeties. McCourty, Wilson, Wilson are locks. 2of 3 between Ebner, Gregory and Harmon will stick.
I would have much preferred a number 1 pick that was a potential player in the rotation every Sunday. I don't think we can say these draft choices will dress every Sunday. Collins and Dobson obviously are locks to make the team. I think it remains to be seen with the balance of these choices.