Re: Time to commit to a featured running back?
posted at 10/11/2009 10:36 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Time to commit to a featured running back?
Seattlemaslow and ALL : I understand not wanting to commit several mil to a back who might get injured, and/or one who might urn out to be a " Biakaba -whatever", BUT so far Seattle has offered the most poignant question on this Thread: " I think the real question is why the Pats never try to find an RB in rounds 3-6 ." Each and every year I follow the NFL Draft for roughly 3/4's of the year, and last year I was intrigued by 2 backs that I believed the Patriots could have swipped with just one of their, what did they have, 11 Picks or so? The 2 RBs in question were Andre Brown of N.C. State and Rashad Jennings of D-1AA Liberty ... With big backs like Peterson and BOTH the Giant's RBs bruising and blazing their ways to ground games that open up the rest of the team's offense, and with the way bigger backs have flourished in N.E. under BB's tenure like Dillon and A. Smith (with flashes from Sammy Morris as well), I saw ZERO harm in using a mid-rounder (again, one of 11 or 12 Total Picks) On either Brown or Jennings... To this day, I STILL don't know exactly why BB wouldn' take this very calculated "gamble" with our backs who are either very old (in NFL terms- Morris/Faulk ), or undrafted very young guy(s) ( BJGE ), AND our most "feature back", Maroney , getting injured each year, and/or not showing...well, the overall output you'd want and expect from a 1st rder. BOTH Andre Brown and Rashad Jennings are at least 6 feet tall and roughly around 230 lbs. BOTH guys had 40 times in the 4.5 something range... Jennings was touted as more of a straight-ahead blazer, who could run to daylight, while Brown was scouted as more of a cut-back, bruising-back that was very good at pass-catching as well... I know these guys weren't the highest ranked RBs, and Jennings was a 1AA back. BUT Do You ALL Want to know where they were Drafted? Andre Brown was drafted at the very end of the 4th rd by NY, and whom due to the great depth in the Giant's rushing game, hasn't seen much of the field (obviously). Jennings, was Drafted in the 7th RD by the Jags, and although he too has been used sparingly (but far more so than Brown has), and isn't therefore, a "feature-back" (yet?), DOES have a 4 yard average. Look, I too, Obviously Do NOT know more than Belichick, But these 2 guys were scouted as Great "Sleeper/Value" Picks well across Draft-Boards half of the year by NFL analysts, and so idk... I'll just say, I too, Just Can't comprehend taking into account things like Age/Skill-depth/Injuries that plague the Pats at RB over the course of 4-5 years, WHY Belichick wouldn't use 1 mid-7th rd pick! on someone that might help this Offense become more balanced, and help Brady stay off his back by making the Defenses we play against to be more honest vs our potential ground-attack? Thoughts ANYONE ?
Posted by LazarusintheSanatorium
Great post! Pretty much in-line with what I've been saying. I agree that they should have committed at least one mid to late round pick on a RB. Seems like we have been throwing away these picks of late anyway. I hope we do get a more bruising type of back in the draft next year. It seems like in todays NFL (and of course with the weather in NE) the bigger backs are thbe way to go. Don't give up on this BJGE kid though! He really hasn't had a chance to show off his stuff that much yet (we've had a sample portion). He could be the Brown or Jennings of this team that you referred to.