Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1***
posted at 11/28/2010 10:39 PM EST
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1***
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***UPDATED WITH MOCK V1*** : Well Allen sure looked great yesterday, I flipped around but caught some of the GT-Georgia game. Pretty powerful. If I knew that Allen would be basically the same player in short down situations and break a few more just b/c of that slightly extra speed, then of course I'd take him over Thomas. I assume you feel that taking an OT and an OG with 2 of our 3 picks in that 28-64 range, and then a RB with one of our 3 picks in that 75-110 range is going to result in a superior trio?
Posted by rameakap[/QUOTE]
I don't know about Superior. I feel that everything starts up front in the trenches on both sides of the ball. I'm assuming that both Light and Mankins will be gone. Perhaps I'm wrong especially about Light. He may stick around. For a player that has been with us so long, he hasn't been crying to the press about a new contract like some others, Moss and Mankins for instance. I feel that there are 5 or 6 solid LTs that should go from about 12 to 35. That is why my mocks usually having us grabbing an OT with either our late first or the CAR pick. I feel also that there are only three elite OGs that fit the BB model. They are Schilling, Moffit and Henry. I don't want to wait until the MIN pick in fear that all three will be gone.
As for RBs, I think there are 10-15 solid options that should be available from late first to mid 4th so why spend a higher pick? I know I mocked Powell at #33 recently because I was trying to do something different.
To answer Mord, my overwhelming preference and desire is to land Watt or Fairley even if it means trading up and losing our late 2nd, then come back and hopefully land Kerrigan with our late first. But Kerrigan is sure to be a hot commodity in that he will be looked at by 43 teams as a DE and 34 teams as an OLB. This means to me that we can't have both Kerrigan and a stud DE. I agree we need a better pass rush but to me, that too starts up front with the DL. If those three guys are being doubled we can live with a less than elite rushing OLB. Cunningham is showing promise and Banta Cain would be good for 10 sacks. We need move coverage sacks too that we just aren't getting anymore.
Other potential options at OLB include Bowers, Quinn, Ayers, Wilson, Hightower and even Audie Cole if they come out. For seniors there's Herzlich, Beal, KJ Wright, and Sam Acho to go along with Kerrigan.