Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED MOCK 1/15***
posted at 2/12/2011 9:10 PM EST
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED MOCK 1/15***
[QUOTE]mb07, While you can state multiple ways while that may be worth it for the Pats to have a draft like that, I am not sure that fills needs or is what we should do. While I agree we can add another complete TE, I don't think it's worth it to add a Gronkowski clone at #28, especially since it would give us 4 TE, and would have to get rid of Crump who is such a big important part of mentoring our young TE, and will most definitely be around for another year. I also don't think Watkins warrants the #33 selection and we'd be better off taking a guy like Moffitt at #74 and Reed at #60. With a WR or a OT like Ben Ijalana at 33. While Cobb is a fit at WR, I am not sure he makes an impact year 1 and is worth a 2nd round selection, he is the same as the rest of our WR with maybe more quickness and agility but not as good hands. I like adding to the type of WR we have but if we do that, mine as well go with Sanzenbacher in the 6th Round from Ohio State, or Jeremy Kerley from TCU in the 4th/5th Round. Also not a fan of Marenic. I know you love him, but I don't think he really adds much to the team as a 3rd rounder, we have depth at LB already so he wouldn't get significant time there, he'd be a solid ST but we can find those guys later or in UDFA/UFA, and as a FB he doesn't offer much that we can't get on our own roster or later in the draft, but just my opinion. As for what I think the Patriots will do as of now: #17 -- OLB Aldon Smith, Missouri #28 -- DE Muhammed Wilkerson, Temple #33 -- OT Ben Ijalana, Villanova #60 -- OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona #74 -- OG John Moffitt, Wisconsin #92 -- S Ahmad Black, Florida 4th -- RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas State 5th -- CB Justin Rogers, Richmond 6th -- WR Dane Sanzenbacher, Ohio State I think this would not only be an ideal draft but also a realistic one. Aldon Smith at 17, as everyone has discussed, gives us that prototypical, high upside BB personnel type player. Has ideal size, and great athleticism and with coaching and a year with not much pressure on him, can turn into a star. At 28, we grab the best fit for BB's system at the 5-tech in Muhammed Wilkerson. Wilkerson has ideal size, and great quickness, along with good hand placement and good strength to hold up against the run. Then we grab the OT of the future, in Ben Ijalana, who is from a 1-AA school that doesn't get much attention but will be a very good pro. I expect us to sign Matt Light for 1-2 years and Ben can sit for that time, but if we don't Ben can step in right away at RT if need be. Next we grab the steady OLB that can come in right away and contribute more then Aldon Smith probably will in his first year but when we get all our LB at their fullest potential, BB will have plenty of players to tool around with and create some scary matchups on defense. THen we grab the 2nd best OG in the draft that no one thinks is, with a steal at #74. Moffitt can come right in and play if need be,, he has a mean streak and good punch and solid athleticism to get out on screens, and screams a Patriot, blue collar player. At 92, we grab the best Safety in the class, but will slide down boards because of size,speed, that's alright you don't need that to play on the Patriots. Black will contribute in a big way year 1, covering the slot reciever and also playing some normal Safety, and will be a Patriot for a long time to come. Then we go with Daniel Thomas, who will fall for being slow just like Black, but who was once viewed as a 1st round talent. Thomas is the bruiser we need, that can run in between tackles, and will eventually be a steal, that can fit in and compliment BJGE and Woodhead. Then we go after a CB for depth in Justin Rogers, that may or may not make the team, but if he does can be a solid ST guy with nickel and dime potential. Then we grab a Patriot prototypical slot WR in Sanzenbacher, who is like a Wes Welker, in that he doesn't run well and may even go undrafted, but he catches everything thrown his way and is clutch, if there is one slot guy I'd like in this draft for good value, it's him.
Posted by sportslover21[/QUOTE]
I belive 1st round is about BPA (vs. drafting for need), and Kyle Rudolph is one of the best players available in this class. Imagine the offense flexibility he'd give Billy O and TB; two huge TE's that can play inline with a hand in the dirt (or rubber pellets) or split out wide, both also having big play capability. Think about the match up nightmares that would create.
I think Cobb could impact early similar to Deion as a rookie as he can "score the ball" from multiple positions and was one of the more productive WR's in the SEC this past season. I also see nothing wrong with his hands, atleast not from the tape that I've seen. He looks to pluck the ball cleanly with his hands, on the fly, with few to no wasted steps.
I'll have to research Ijalana further, but I do like most of the guys in your mock as potential fits in Foxboro.