Re: HARVEY UNGA CHANCES?
posted at 7/11/2010 8:06 PM EDT
Have you ever watched tape on Unga? I have. He is definitely NFL caliber player. Have you noticed that we have NOT won a Super Bowl without a north/south RB on the roster. Antowain Smith and Corey Dillon were key components to those SB teams and allowed Brady to excell in play action. Last year Brady was HIT 70 times. No wonder he injured three ribs. A third round for a big RB that averaged 5 yards a carry in his senior year and can move the chains on 4th and 2 against Indy would be well worth it. It would be nice if Tom did not have to throw every down.
Unga had 3449 yards in college in three years and scored 36 TDs. He is a good receiver for a RB also. He is not a fullback. He is just a big physical RB like Corey Dillon without the baggage.
The reason Unga wasn't eligible for this year's NFL draft was that he was kicked out of Mormon BYU for having "relations" with his girlfriend. Unlike many players in the supplemental draft, he does not have serious character flaws or criminal record type of issues. Teams typically only bid a low round draft choice given the risk they present (even if they have higher round talent).
If having relations with one's girlfriend was a reason for BB not drafting someone, the Pats roster would be empty. That said, if some one with questionable character, work ethic, etc rates a 5th round pick, I would hope he would rate a higher one. BTW, Parcells covets this guy and the word in Miami is that he will bid a 4th. So if the Pats want him, it will take a 3rd round bid, since Miami's pick is higher than the Pat's due to won/loss record. He is clearly worth a third.
Put it this way, if he was in the recently concluded NFL draft, he would have gone either in 2nd or 3rd round (given where other similiar RBs went). The one he is most similar to is Toby Gerhart in size, speed, playing style, yards, yds/per carry, and TDs. Look it up. IMO Unga looks better on tape than Gerhart.
Bruschi thought that type of RB is exactly what the Pats really needed to draft. I agreed and did not understand why the Patriot's passed on one. I am hoping that Unga is the reason why. It is clear that next year's draft will not be as strong as this past years given how many underclassmen jumped into this year's draft to avoid coming out in a year with a much lower rookie wage scale. That said, a 3rd next year will not necessarily yield a player of his talent.
NFL scouts indicate that RB is the easiest position playbook-wise for a player to pick up. Hence why many NFL rookie RBs do very well. Other positions require player to learn a lot more to be productive in year one. I would bid a 3rd for him and cut Fred Taylor.
In Response to HARVEY UNGA CHANCES?
what are the chances the patriots make a run at BYU's Harvey Unga? and what are they willing to bid for him? i would go as far as to bid a 3rd rounder. he could be a powerful presence in the backfield and also has the bulk to maybe take up spot FB duties.
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