Re: Highest Rated GM's - Where does BB rank?
posted at 9/17/2013 2:13 PM EDT
In response to Getzo's comment:
4. New England
Bill Belichick's recent acquisition record has been well-criticized by many, and deservedly so when it comes to New England's issues in the secondary (see Darius Butler, Terrence Wheatley, Ras-I Dowling, Brandon Meriweather, etc...). But other than the shortcomings in the defensive backfield, the infusion of talent has not been insignificant. Chandler Jones (first round) and Dont'a Hightower (first round) upgraded the defensive front seven last year, and picks like Nate Solder (first round), Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley (Mr. Fumbles), Devin McCourty (first round), Rob Gronkowski (Dr. Injury), Aaron Hernandez and Jerod Mayo (first round) have paid varying returns on their investment.
(my comments in bold)
True, the Chad Ochocinco and Albert Haynesworth trades were absolute bombs, and Brandon Lloyd's signing didn't herald in a new era of dominance in Foxboro. But Belichick doesn't only swing and miss. The Aqib Talib deal worked out nicely last season (100% correct), and somebody found that play-making machine and Mike Vrabel clone Rob Ninkovich (very good choice there) as a free agent in 2009.
If the Pats can keep Wes Welker on board during free agency and find a deep-threat receiver for quarterback Tom Brady, (neither of these things happened) the Patriots will crank out another 11 to 13 wins in monotonous fashion and prop that Super Bowl window of opportunity wide open for at least 2013.
So, in order to be the #4 overall, you have to pick good players in the first round and sign two good free agents.
Can't imagine how bad you have to be to fall out of the Top 10!