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Forgive if this has been covered in the past. But I'd like to get some opinions of us possibly taking Kevin Minter at 29 assuming we sign a pass rusher and Edelman. The reason I ask is Spikes is entering the final year of his contract. He has been stout against the run but a liability in coverage. We all know Spikes is slow as molasses in straight line speed 5.15 - forty. Minter ran a 4.81 forty. This added speed would help him getting to the side lines vs. all of us seeing Spikes get beat to the outside. Minter posted a 33 inch vert, tops among ILBs. His 119 inches in the broad jump was 2nd best. He has 32 inch arms which are long for his 6 foot height.
I realize Fletcher will be back but how effective will he be a year removed from an ACL? Besides, he missed 6 games in 2011 with a thumb. To me we need to be faster at LB. I would actually rather draft a speedy OLB and move Hightower to his more natural MLB spot but drafting a more athletic and productive Minter may have some merit. I'm not saying this would improve us more next year vs. another position such as CB or DT (replacing Love). Spikes hasn't been all that durable. He has just one sack, one INT and 11 PDEF in 3 years!! Add that to his contract being up at the end of the year, the iffy durability of Fletcher and I wonder if BB might look to draft a highly touted MLB?
My big question is, in the opinions of those on here, would Minter be an upgrade to Spikes, especially in passing situations which we're in more than 57% of the time?
I would need to check him out. I have not watched any film of his. I am hugely critical of linebackers in general and I have stated many times I do not "love" the Pats corp.
I think Mayo is decent but over rated. I was never in favor of the Spikes pick at the draft slot they took him and I was also very critical of Hightower coming out. When they took Hightower I was hoping they were going to move him to DE. I don't love him playing LB.
The last few linebackers I really liked a lot coming out were Daryl Washington, Luke Keuckly, Sean weatherspoon, Sean Lee, Jon Beason. ...and to a slightly lesser extent; Bobby Wagner and Curtis Lofton.
Would you compare Minter favorably to any of those guys I mentioned?
I have watched Minter quite a bit and he definitely looked the part this year. What I like about him to start compared to spikes, is he is an excellent run defender. So check There. He plays physical and likes contact Like spikes as well. Watching him what I noticed most is his ability to shed blocks and get to the runner. He has great sideline to sideline speed and is capable of blitzing, dropping back into coverage, but I think this area needs improvement. He kind of reminds me a little of mayo in that he is a tackling machine....however, I think he has more big play ability in him like nink. Lastly, his best games this year were against all the good teams, And he showed up big time against clemson in their bowl game...This tells me he rises to the occasion unlike Manti. Sorry MB..didn't mean to crack on your nd kid, but just my opinion.
perhaps an unpopular opinion here, but the pats may have all the DL they want right now. Armstead to me is this years 2nd round draft pick for bb. I don't know if he adds anything early in the draft At dt. Therefore, perhaps an unconventional pick, one we never saw coming like Minter makes perfect sense Given spikes last year And big ? On fletcher....
Manti played a dud of a game against Alabama so he can't rise to the occasion? How do you explain his play vs. Oklahoma, on the road in Norman, in prime time?
I also find it funny that the mainstream media is taking a dump on Manti for a 4.82 40 at the combine, but you don't hear anything about Minter's 4.81.
Look, at the end of the day I think both are solid football players, but trying to measure a kid on a one game sample after 4 years of solid play doesn't make sense, IMO.
Didn't mean to offend you. I think Manti is a fine player. He has a ton of good film other than the Bama game. If I had to choose between he and Minter, I think I would take Minter simply because of the catfish thing. That whole thing is strange, even today no explanation. That will make some teams shy away. What do you think the chances are that manti drops to the late 2nd or even early third because of it?....
bailey was my guy a while back. Love this kid and want the pats to draft him.m
Nah man, not offended, I was just debating the merit of judging a kid on a one game sample.
It really is tough to gauge how the catfishing thing will effect his status, or how teams will feel about it... though I still expect to see him off the board somewhere in the Top 40-50, with a shot at Rd 1, potentially to Balt.
Yeah, the more I watch of Bailey, the more I want to see him catching footballs from TB.
i dont have perspective on manti, didnt watch his career, the terrible game was just an add on. it's not just catfish thing, if you even believe that. he used the emotions of the public on natl tv, after coming forward about the bs, and spoke of his girfirend and other heartstrings (after he came out about no girlfriend existiing) the effect of his girfriend having leukemia and then dying.. etc.