Re: Is the Patriots Draft that bad?
posted at 12/9/2009 2:44 PM EST
In Response to Re: Is the Patriots Draft that bad?
[QUOTE]2006-8 all seem pretty bad. Out of those drafts, the only picks worth mentioning were Moroney, Mayo, and Meriweather. I think these three are contributing well, but they're not stars by any stretch. That 2007 draft, where only one of nine picks made the roster (and he is only now becoming a reliable player) was horrendous! However, the Pats are usually VERY good at evaluating veteran FA talent. This year they whiffed on some of those, like Galloway, Springs, the pass rushers, etc. It hasn't been a great year for personnel. The best thing to brag about personnel-wise for the Pats is that Vollmers was an absolute steal. Also, Edelman and Pryor were late-round successes that the team hasn't been accustomed to. Butler probably has a positive future.
Posted by JulesWinfield[/QUOTE]
I think you're right, good players but only a few stars. I don't like to look at drafts by just focusing on the picks. The only way to truly evaluate how well they evaluate draft talent would be by comparing who was available when they picked. I don't have the time to look that up.
All moves in the offseason are intertwined, Drafts, draft trades, trades, and free agent signings. If a good free agent WR is picked up they probably wouldn't target WR high in the draft.
I would evaluate thier Drafts like this
2006 Very Bad 10 picks, only Gostkowski and Cassel, traded away branch for draft pick, traded away 2nd rd pick(GB used on Greg Jennings) for 2nd and 5th round picks in 2007
2007 very good (only one draft player, but traded picks for Welker and Moss)
As far as I can tell in those years there were no first found busts
The Pats did trade away a 2nd round pick that ended up being Greg Jennings for a 2nd and fifth the following year.