Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** MOCK V2 ADDED 2/18!
posted at 2/22/2012 11:21 AM EST
In Response to Re: ***2012 Patriots Draft Thread*** MOCK V2 ADDED 2/18!
[QUOTE]Since all the free agency posts are getting a bit ridiculous, I was wondering if adding Routt in KC could put Brandon Carr into play and if it does should the Pats brass try to sign him. I still think that signing Welker is priority #1 before the draft. Does anyone here realistically believe that Barron will fall because of the sports hernia (will he show up at the combine or his pro day ?) ? He might fall a little, but I still believe he is the best safety out there and will be drafted in 15-25 range. More and more I am beginning to think Hightower is a possibility. The only question is do the Ravens (and Ozzie) take him before he gets to #27 as perhaps a future replacement for Lewis. Burfict has to many issues and can't be the leader that Hightower is ? Naturally I will be interested in the post-combine mocks.
Posted by JohnHannahrulz[/QUOTE]
I do think we should go after Brandon Carr
(assuming Griffin stays in TEN). While our need at FS is greater, can anyone argue we need DB help period? When Edelman is out there in dime packages, you know there's a problem. Other options would be Courtland Finnegan
(if TEN tags the cheaper Griffin, they likely lose Finnegan), Brent Grimes
from ATL, or Tyvon Branch
from OAK. I didn't include Carlos Rogers
from SF because we don't want guys in their 30s. We saw what happened with Bodden and now we are sitting on a bunch of dead cap money. All of the above are top 50 impact free agents.
Not worried about Welker, they will either tag him or work out a deal eventually. He isn't going anywhere in 2012 and I can't see him holding out. So, let's consider him a non-issue.
As for Barron, he will not work out at the Combine and will likely not work out as his Pro Day either. I posted a piece about double sports hernias and the recovery time for football players is 12 weeks. A "source" said this would not effect his draft status since there is plenty of tape on him. We haven't talked much about moving up to get him but I agree with you, he's likely gone in that 15-25 range. If he is still there in the low 20s and we can find a willing partner, for instance, pick 27 and 95 gets us to 21. It would depend who else is still on the board though.
Mike Mayock was raving about the kid from Notre Dame, Harrison Smith, again yesterday and sees him as a solid 2nd round pick. We could get him perhaps at 48 and not use 2 picks. Smith is healthy, far as I know, and although he is more of a SS, we would still use him a lot. In two seasons Chung has been hurt a lot and his presence is missed. Smith would give us another thumper in the box. If we land a top tier F/A CB, we could move DMC to FS and have Ihedigbo backing him. There are a lot of ways we could go, I just hope we address the DB situation thoroughly.
Yes, Hightower could go to BAL, he could also very easily go to PIT at 24. PIT is likely going to cut both Foote and Farrior due to age and cap issues and PIT at 24 is probably the ceiling for Hightower. If he goes there, that might actually be ok. I like Hightower but I'm not convinced we need him especially at MLB. If Hightower going earlier than expected causes a Konz or Barron to fall, I would take either of them ahead of Hightower anyway.