Re: What Grade do you give the Pats
posted at 4/27/2013 8:18 PM EDT
BB had very little to start with, and this was one lousy draft. Grade A overall.
The first round trade-down was good. The Patriots have a long record of drafting well. Would the New York Jets ever draft a Gronkowski? The trade-down put the power of the Patriots' scouting organization in play. Grade A.
Many teams start to fumble by the time they get to the back of the second round. I thought the #52 and #59 picks were pretty good for where the Patriots stood.
I see patterns and BB has remained true to many of his patterns. Most of BB's picks are 3-cone guys, the quickest in the draft. Most have length, with the exception of at least one of the Rutgers defensive backs.
New pattern: Rutgers is assumed to be a professional defensive back factory, with guys learning to hit like trucks. You have to admit it worked with Devin McCourty. BB had his chance to draft Kyle Mini-Me Wilson and he passed, wisely it seems these days. Marshall U. is assumed to be a tall wide receiver factory, with guys learning to fight off defensive backs way downfield. It worked with Randy Moss. If you were looking for an offensive lineman, BC would be a good shopping center.
I don't expect the world of late second rounders, but Collins is a 250 pound big nickel safety, able to play defensive end too. If that actually works out then BB is going to be in hog heaven for the next 4 years. Grade A- for #52.
BB finally drafted a receiver with the needed tangibles -- long, quick, acrobatic. He doesn't have to be an Einstein to run straight down the field, muscle the little cornerback out of the way, catch the football and dance. If the other team double covers him then Brady will have other targets wide open. Grade A- for #59.
Maybe BB will finally get his defensive backs on track. He's been trying and failing for too long. If he continues to fail, keep firing those old pro scouts. If the new scouts have finally got it right, pay them. I normally look for arm length in football players, but maybe a safety like Bobzilla never needs arm length if he never needs to shed blocks on the line of scrimmage. Grade B for the first guy, D+ for the second guy.
The other receiver? At least he's both quick and fast. Fourth rounder. Grade B.
I really like the first seventh rounder, a good prospect who got sick and who might get well this year. Why did he get sick? Well, he got in a fight and then his jaw didn't work. A. The other seventh rounder gets a C.
What else? So far, LaGarrette Blount is worth a seven and he might well make the team. I'll give the trade a B because BB didn't lose much.
Aqib Talib may yet be worth more than a four. He's starting next September at cornerback. Grade B. Everyone said how bad the deal was in November, a fourth rounder for only five games.
Fat Albert was almost a waste of a five, except he did start a couple of games and draw double teams. D+. a reasonable gamble that went south.
A six and a five for Chad Johnson was a waste. Chad Ochocinco is the reason that BB needed to draft wide receivers this April, because other teams' discards don't usually work that well. F. Yes I give Fs.