My four cents
posted at 4/21/2009 2:59 AM EDT
These four picks are my two cents:
23: Vontae Davis - Brings major size, athleticism, and versatility to our cornerback corp, at a budget price, for the long-term. He can be plugged in as the top reserve safety this year, while subbing at CB when appropriate and/or necessary.
Going up against Moss every day will inspire him, build his consistency, and help Vontae learn to become as close to a shut-down cornerback as the tall receiver superstars of the league are likely to face. Some of Vontae's consistency issues will be negated by teams chosing to throw away from him.
Davis also brings top flight special teams ability, and blocks more than his share of kicks. Drafting a DB will not be a top priority in the 2010 Draft or FA. http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80f924ef
34: Connor Barwin/Michael Johnson - Both bring immense talent and versatility to the team, as 3/4 OLBs, 4-3 DEs, special teams (both block tons of kicks), and TE.
47: LeSean McCoy - Redshirt sophmore RB has huge upside, room to grow stronger, and Reggie Bush-like instincts in avoiding tacklers, if not the top end speed.
McCoy also looks like a natural slot receiver, with his great hands, good route running ability, and Welker-like speed in and out of his cuts.
We have a pretty full backfield this year, but McCoy could also spend time as our 4th receiver and Welker emergency sub. He's a big play threat in the mold of Percy Harvin, and is an exceptional kick returner to take Hobbs off those duties.
Another option for Brady to avoid dropping back and risking big hits.
The Jets are also likely to be waiting for McCoy 6 picks later, if a RB isn't drafted in the 1st.http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80f8d6ad
58 or trade up a bit: William Moore - The fourth pick in a row to possess great versatility. He can cover some tight ends, and excels in the box as a big hitting strong safety. He has great hands for such a big hitter, and can also fill in as a light, fast linebacker in some packages. Also an exceptional special teamer, like the previous three picks.
Together with Vontae Davis makes our secondary one of the more athletic and physically imposing secondaries in the league.http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80f88173
I think these four picks would provide an excellent combination of Tip Top athleticism at their positions, maximum versatility to help the Pats absorb the inevitable injuries, as well as significant upside. All could be starters for 10 years, and all could go to Pro Bowls.