Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***WITH NEW MOCK***
posted at 1/3/2011 8:49 PM EST
In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***WITH NEW MOCK***
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: 2011 Patriots Draft Options ***WITH NEW MOCK*** : After watching this Pats offense produce the 7th highest scoring season in NFL history, I'm convinced that the need for a tall, deep threat vertical receiver is just a myth. I'd rather take a shifty 5'10-6'0 tall guy with great lateral quickness and route-running ability. A guy with the smarts to reads defenses before the snap and be in sync with Brady in terms of adjustments that need to be made. Julio Jones, Michael Floyd, Blackmon and Hankerson are all very gifted and will make for good receivers at the next level, just maybe not in New England. I'd look closer at Ryan Broyles and Titus Young. Broyles is a pass catching machine - 118 receptions this season in a very pro-style offense at OU. He's a threat over the middle, down the sideline and on a smoke screen. He's a gamebreaker who's very good after the catch. My only concern is the arrest back in '07 when he was a freshman(stole gas from a pump). From what I've read, he's a good kid and just made some bad decisions early in his college career. I think you put his locker next to Branch's and he'll be fine.
Posted by ShiningWizard[/QUOTE]
Wizard and Mb,
The WR discussion is an interesting one. Do we want another Branch or a tall vertical guy? Let's face it, Moss helped us re-write the record books in 2007. He'd still be a Patriot if he didn't throw all those tantrums and put himself ahead of team. The choice to get rid of Moss and bring in Branch had little or nothing to do with wanting to change our passing style, it was to change players. Brady's INTs usually came from throwing to Moss and him rounding off his routes or not becoming a defender if the pass wasn't right on, etc. Personally, I'd rather get a tall vertical threat like a Julio Jones or Justin Blackmon just because we proved with Moss that the recipe works. A player like Jones or Blackmon lined up opposite of Branch gives your offense a different look. I'm not knocking Broyles either. I think he would be a great pick and could take over as #1 for Branch in a year or two.
Above everything is we need character guys. I did a little research for LowIQ the other day on top 15 WR busts. Not sure if you guys saw it. I only researched half the names because it was time consuming and I got bored. However, it was interesting. There were several WRs that put up massive numbers in college, were drafted in the top 15 and became busts. A common theme for the busts were either injury or behavorial problems. For the players who got in trouble in the Pros there was almost always a problem in college, a theft, a car chase, a DUI, suspension for breaking team rules, etc, but there was always something in their past.
Today's suspension of Deaderick isn't surprising. He was shot in college. At the time the word was he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time but maybe there was more "wrong" with the place than just him being there. People who are living right generally don't get shot. I've lived less than a stellar life, made a few enemies but I've never been shot. Heck, I've never had a knife or gun pulled on me in my 47+ years. Look at Vick. He had that birthday party where shots were fired after he left. Who has parties where guns are present? What kind of people do that? I think this is a valuable lesson. Let's not pick players who have little past problems especially in the first three rounds. Now Hernandez was a 4th round pick but he was 2nd round worthy if not for the pot. We can't risk a high pick on a talented high risk player. A 4th rounder on Hernandez is an acceptable risk but none of us should be surprised if something later crops up with him as it has now with Deaderick.
For me, AJ Green and Robert Quinn are off my board. Not that they would make it to us at 17 anyway. We need solid character guys.