Re: Pats waisting draft picks in trades
posted at 9/29/2009 1:42 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Pats waisting draft picks in trades
[QUOTE]Smith and Lewis was BS... plus trading 5th rounders for Hobbs... here's an idea.. just keep Hobbs, David Thomas and Jabar Gaffney and have an extra pick, a kick returner/4th-5th CB, a 3rd string TE better than the nothing we have behind Watson/Baker and a veteran WR who knows our system better than Galloway and wasn't dumped like Lewis
Posted by rameakap[/QUOTE]rameakap
was our best
CB at the time, and he (I believe) was in a contract year and...well, got burned on most every series he was out there (good KR though, BUT we have MULTIPLE young CBs and WRs and a guy, now on the IR we drafted solely to return kicks, waiting in the wings); Thomas
of great hands as a rook (but never did nor would ever have the size to be even a decent TE blocker...so that means he was a 3rd down "obvious-to ALL" pass-catching option-save for multiple TE sets)- Then along with EVERY other pic in '05, took up space on the IR for...well, years; Gafney
, I liked, BUT at the time, left
for a decent sized payday that we at that point couldn't trump for a #2 wideout (but he was Brady's #3
Target)-who dropped MANY key passes over his tenure with the team (including a sure-fire one at Indy which would have given us a playoff birth)....
Look guys, Getting a Tom Brady or a Matt Cassel with later 6th and 7th rd picks are much, Much more the exception rather than the norm (these are guys that BB and Co. should
take credit for "coaching up" more than they should
for having some sort of a "elite pedigree" in College before they came
to N.E.)... A Few Extra Points here
: Pats have a deep roster of Vets, so It's next to impossible for these later rd picks to make the team as it is... Pats have MULTIPLE 1st and 2nd rd picks (these are the one's Belichick seems to "hit on", at least the 1st rders, most often), so there's going to be an even MORE limited number of spots for the Later Rd guys than there was in the first place... Finally, BB's drafting prowess hasn't been what it was earlier in his time with the team (or at least, again, what it is with that 1st pick or 2), so since the Pats haven't been hitting these days on 4th/5th rders, WhoTHeck cares about 6th/7th rd guys?!?
Overall, I'm glad Belichick takes the time to nit-pick EVERY NFL squad for guys that are riding that team's bench, No-name Vets that the Patriots just might be able to utilize and develop better than the team they're currently on (rather than the usual "no-name" rookies EVERY Fan, including MOST Coaches and GMs, well-wish and pipe dream their teams around come draft time)... In the end, IF You need more convincing, ask yourself this
: "Would I rather gush over the 'potential' of a 6th or 7th rd College Rookie next year that'll take 2-3 years of physical development
(to get on par with most NFL players), 2-3 years to develop mentally and digest a Belichick Defense/ and/or extremely Complex Offense, And 2-3 years to move up the depth chart
(barring multiple injuries) on a team knee deep in Veterans
"Would I rather have a Better Chance of Celebrating the Lombardi being brought home to New England THIS year, by POTENTIALLY losing the last pick or 2 in next year's draft
("Potentially", because these have been 'conditional picks' which warrant these Vets for draft trades, seeing action in games/staying on the team)?