Re: What draft/trade scenario would be best for the Pats
posted at 1/30/2011 11:21 PM EST
My thoughts here are hinging on Mankins and Light... if they both go the Pats need to make sure they get a lot of help for the Oline.
Now Free Agency is going to be tough if there is no CBA. Players will not agree to anything if there is no CBA.
Personally I think "B" is the way to go if you can pull that off which means Cleveland which owns the pick at #38 would trade with the Patriots to gain draft depth early because they have only their own picks through rounds 1-5.
Cleveland needs bodies badly another reason to make this deal and Holmgren I think would jump at this deal because it puts him in a better position to get big role players for his team.
As for what the Patriots would do with the picks... I am not exactly sold on the order and positions the same way you are and alot depends on who is available there and what our needs are considering the Oline issues mentioned earlier...
Here is how I see the picks used and I will even take a stab at the player that might be there (legitimately) that fits the patriots needs if they loose either Mankins or Light.
#17 - OLB/DE and I say this this way because I think at this spot you could take either one of these two players and immediately improve your defense immeasurably.
Either OLB Ryan Kerrigan, or DE Cameron Jordan
#28 - OG/OT and it depends on what happens as I say to Light and Mankins. If Mankins isn't with the team look for Light to be resigned as a short term hole filler.
Either OT Anthony Castonzo, or OG Mike Pouncey
#33 - At this point you have taken two of these three positions: OT/OG and DE/OLB. This pick at #33 I think gets traded for a one next year and a later round pick this year which I am not going to figure out at this point. I do this for two reasons... 2012's draft when there is a rookie salary cap in place and it again gives you flexability to make deals in 2012. Gaining the pick at #38 is the reason why #33 is worth more in a trade then using on a pick in this draft.
#38 - This pick is used for OT/DE/RB (based on the above players I picked in Bold as the likely players taken so far) Starting to get out where it is harder to predict who might have slipped to you that you had no idea would be there. But here goes my Prediction and it's in bold and yes I am predicting he slips a bit and the Patriots still get their man at RB that would look awful good paired up with BJGE and Woody!...
Either DE Corey Liuget or RB Mark Ingram
#92 - Who Knows! But for giggles lets play the game and lets say things go relatively as I have posted... then I would say this is where the Patriots look at an OT. and I say if that is the case then they take: OT Joseph Barskdale. He Bookends a massively tallented Offensive line that includes Sebastian Vollmer and Pouncey for years to come.