Re: My Draft Board *UPDATED 3/3!*
posted at 3/5/2012 11:34 AM EST
In Response to Re: My Draft Board *UPDATED 3/3!*
[QUOTE]In Response to My Draft Board *UPDATED 3/3!* : I hope you're right. But, after doing some preliminary research before launching my first 2012 mock draft, I don't think that Cox, Upshaw, or Barron will be around when the Pats pick at #27. I know that you like Kendall Reyes for the Pats as a possible choice at #48. But, after seeing what UConn players Donald Brown, Orlovski, and the forgettable Darius Butler have accomplished in the league, I'd stay away. There's something to be said for playing against quality competition. The Big East isn't much of a football conference, compared to the SEC, Big Ten, and Pac 10. I also don't see Cordy Glenn slipping out of the first round. The 2012 class appears to be with lots of second and third round types. Not all that many blue-chippers. I see the Pats having shots at Glenn, Peter Konz, and the good TEs at #27 (should the Pats take another TE, and shift Aaron Hernandez to WR?) The better defenders will likely be long gone.
Posted by TexasPat3[/QUOTE]
As expected the results of the Combine have shifted opinions in favor of measurables as better indicators of future success than past production (ref. mock drafts). I wonder if this preoccupation with measurables (size, weight, speed etc) hasn't increased our appetite for player "potential" to a dangerous degree!
Analysts seem to project Brockers readiness to play as being LIMITED to running downs and expect pass rush abilities to emerge in 2-3 years so that he will be a 3 down DL in 2-3 years. WR Hill who demonstrated 4.3/40 speed even had some Mock drafts projecting him as a 1st round draft choice. It was hoped that his "inconsistent-hands) and clumsy route running would improve as he develops with pro coaching. Still, plagued with an off and on motor, and despite an unimpressive Combine performance is projected as a first round talent because of his run defense but he lacks the skill-set to rush the passer. It is hoped that pass rush ability will improve over time.
Something seems to be amiss or foregotten in this frantic search to solve the Pat's problems. Were'nt we committed to providing Tom Brady with a full deck of cards to maximize his remaining 3-4 years? How then can we place a premium on players who project to be useful contributors in 2-3 years? Is not the clock ticking?
Faucetman, as is his style, has once again reminded us that it may be safer to select players with a KNOWN SKILL-SET rather than trusting for a desirable skill-set to develop. In looking for a pass-rush specialist, he prefers even a "one-trick pony" who already has a demonstrated pass rush skill-set to taking a player with other skills and hoping for that player to "develop" a pass rush ability. Just look at the sparse number of DL with a pass rush ability and the many others who NEVER developed that skill set.
What is equally confusing is that when a Blue-chip prospect is available, one that is expected to start and contribute from day 1 in a BIG way, is overlooked because we are committed to improving our DEFENSE as priority #1. Are we not also trying to improve the Pats also priority #1? Is not a bird in the hand worth two in the bush?
So what's the message? IMO we should be looking for immediate help for BOTH the team as well as Tom Brady. The easy solution (but costly) is to get a pass-rush 3 down DL in FA. Secondly, a safety or CB option in FA. Lastly, a second tier WR experienced in the Pats system.
This leaves us (in the draft) with the luxury to augment those FA acquisitions with Blue-chip players first and then address players who show promise as starters in 1-2-3 years. Our primary needs would be addressed and quality back-ups acquired as well.
As a reminder, only draft players with a proven skill-set to minimize disappointment (don't select WRs who run poor routes, who have inconsistent hands, who can't adjust to wayward balls and who won't fight for possession. To the extent that a they demonstrate an above average skill set one can factor in measurables to project future stardom). Select players with an active motor, especially on the DL/OL etc.... Lastly, we want "field-fast" FOOTBALL players and not players with "potential" (to develop) as a first priority!