It's that time of year again, when fans latch their wagon onto certain players who they think will shine at the next level. I've often suggested that others to post their picks and many will brush off this suggestion but will be the first to tell you how easy the draft is. It will be interesting to see who accepts this challenge.
There's a large degree of luck and junk science involved in my picks, a lot of it is gut instinct. Years ago I had Nate Solder as the top rated player at the highest position of need for the Pats on offense and I missed on every player after that. Jamie Collins was the best OLB on my board last year, but I've missed on too many good players to count.
Just like the last few years I post the biggest position of need first, so in this case I'll be starting on defense, specifically D tackle (once again). This should be the final touch to this rebuilt defense we've all been watching take shape, of course it's just as likely BB will go offense (G?) simply to shock us.
Also, like always the top rated positions on my board won't necessarily look like Kiper's or McShay's, but I can guarantee you I will stick my neck out to defend my picks instead of agreeing that everybody is good and bad at the same time like they do.
I also pick players based on the Patriot’s systems (3/4 defense) and primarily take guys who worked out at the combine or pro day, if they didn't work out anywhere you may not see them here. Obviously I don't have psyche profiles on these guys or enough backstory so I go by measurables' only.
I also break my WR's into groupings, traditional strong safety and free safety etc... you don't have to agree but it's all in fun.
This is my depth chart with the top being best, bottom being leftovers that might be finds late in the draft. This will be a fluid list in the days leading up to the draft as new information becomes available but I lock it in before the draft begins. I don’t take any of this very seriously so feel free to shred my list.
Every year someone gets defensive that I need my own thread, so just in case, in advance; blo yo' self.
These are my guys:
Aaron Donald DT Pitt. Sr 6-1 285
Justin Ellis DT Louis Tech Sr 6-2 334
Ryan Carrethers DT Ark State Sr 6-1 337
Zack Kerr DT Delaware Sr 6-1 326
Mike Pennel DT C. St. Pueblo Sr 6-4 332
Chris Davenport DT Tulane Sr 6-3 343
Johnnie Farms DT Memphis Sr 6-1 322
RaShede Hageman DT Minnesota Sr 6-6 310
Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut Sr 6-5 309
Donald absolutely doesn't fit the Patriot's system... but you take him anyway. He will excel anywhere, I have half a mind to make him stand up and play middle linebacker.
Hageman is either the best player at DE or the best player in the draft, he is whatever he sets his mind to, if he rests on his duff he'll be Albert Haynesworth, if he is there or within striking distance go up and get him.
Ellis is my safe pick, solid nose technician, nothing flashy but dependable and productive.
Carrether's just a tackling machine... Zack Kerr fast upfield and a nose for the ball.
Players who intrigue me in the late late/UDFA rounds are Mike Pennel, not a lot of experience but an athlete, Chris Davenport from Tulane, Shamar Steven is a late round DE prospect who might make the cut and Johnnie Farms can't stay healthy, but can ball when he does.
Beta made me think the streak was over... one week left until the final chips are in play for a Patriot championship. Go get it.