Re: Rumor Mill, Pats looking to trade up.
posted at 4/26/2011 8:00 AM EDT
love their draft.
not hot on wilkerson prefer heyward, watt or jordan, but love their draft:
Update: Rumors of Washington wanting to trade up makes Gruss MAD!
Gruss goes to back to the drawing board:
Bill calls an old friend Jim Schwartz sitting at 13. It's draft day and at 13, the top 2 offensive weapons are off the board, but there's a guy who has the Patriots attention, we've mentioned him as a fast riser. Gruss thinks that the 3rd round pick will get Schwartz's attention and they deal.
The Patriots get 13th and the 207th (Round 7)
Detriot gets the 17th and the 74th (Round 3)
And they pick: 13. Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri, 6'4, 263
Smith has not played many games (3rd year sophomore) and is still a work-in-process, but his skills are undeniable. He was a force on all of the field in college, but went through multiple injuries in 2010. With that and his size, this will be a concern in the pros. If you look at him on tape, he is clearly a top 10-15 talent. He's all over the field and we think he has the best moves of any pass-rusher coming out this year. He's the type of pass-rusher that could change the way the Patriots attack the quarterback. Played defensive end in college and would have to be converted to OLB in 4-3. Smith has come on our charts heavy, a top 15 player and the type of value Belichick likes28. Muhammed Wilkerson, DT, Temple, 6'4, 325
Strong all-around player. Ideal size for 3-4 DE. Solid worker who is very coachable. The question about him is whether his success was being bigger and stronger than the competition. Strong at point of attack and shows ability to penetrate. Should be a high second round choice, but because he occupies blockers, hecould slip into first round. Has all the physical attributes to play the 5 technique (DE in 3-4).
36. Belichick will cash this chip, Denver calls....
The Patriots trade back from 33 to 36 and get the 46th pick
Denver gets the 33rd and 60th pick..
And they select:
36. Daniel Thomas - RB, Kansas State, 6'1 230 - We've ranked number one now and like him a little more than Leshoure for upside head to head. Leshoure will gone anyways, Thomas is the wildcard who is built to drive, and his running style is a north-south style with hard cuts. His size is impressive, as he can get up to the second level and deliver hits and then accelerate. We saw alot of ankle tackles on him indicating how elusive he can be. Plays faster than combine time. Shows he can catch a flare and turn up field. However, he needs to get his pad level lower, as he can be knocked off balance during his cuts. We like this kid alot, and he would be a good fit with the Patriots. We like him more than Leshoure. Don't be surprised if his name is called.
46. Martez Wilson - OLB, Illinois, 6'4, 250 - Here is our upset special. Wilson is a fast, long linebacker who played inside, but physical attributes projects outside. His closing speed would allow him to track ball carriers even with elite speed. Not a read and react type linebacker and would have to learn that style of defense. However, what makes him a intriguing is his ability to run on deep patterns and deep drops into zones. Also, his wing span enables him to cover alot of space. Since he was an ILB, he has played in close quarters and would have some flexibility in sub packages. A quick key and diagnose player, he shoots gaps and tracks targets relentlessly. Wilson is a good wrap up and bring down tackler. We like Wilson but he's a work in progress with a ton of upside.
74. Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State, 6'2, 299
Four year starter and four year All-ACC for Seminoles. Highly intelligent player with great technique and footwork. Hudson is smaller and lighter than most NFL guards and this could affect his draft status. But his size is the probably the only negative about this player. Very coachable player who will make some team very happy in round 2. Voted best lineman in the ACC for the last 2 years. Probably will have to move up to at least 50 to get him.
92. Orlando Franklin, OT Miami (FL) 6'6 315
More of a system blocker than a dominating presence, which is why he could be a good fit for the Patriots. Not overly impressive, but gets the job done and coordinates well with his teammates' strengths. His best games are often against elite competition which will could bode well for him during the draft. Lacks elite hand and feet work.
159. Ryan Bartholomew C, Syracuse, 6'1 302 - After Stephan Wisniewski, Bartholomew has the tools for an all pro center. A physically strong kid who combines speed and great footwork, he played well at the senior bowl and a strong combine only moved him up our board. He has the ability to shift quickly, sharply and laterally, which will work at the next level in switching protections. He was a captain and you know Belichick likes leaders. He's a 60 Max sleeper - you know we love these guys.
193. Aldrick Robinson WR, SMU, 5'9, 185 was the team's top receiving target. Wrapped up his college career with 65 catches, finished in the top 10 in the NCAA in receiving yards (1,301) and touchdowns (14). Robinson has excellent speed (4.45) and has the playmaking abilty to make an impact in the NFL. He has great hands and very good open field running - he's a find. The knock on this kid is his size, 5'9, 185, and whether he can compete at the next level. Coming out of a run and shoot offense, he'll have to prove that. We love this guy and what he can do, a late round choice is worth it.
207. Greg Romeus Pittsburg DT, 6'5, 264 Part of a line that was one of the top units in the NCAA. He's our number one sleeper, but he's a risk - damaged goods. A bad back and a torn ACL are red flags him big time. It speaks volumes that the Patriots would use a visit on him. He's a prototype late round Patriots choice, in expecting Belichick to aquire a 7th round pick, Romeus would be a good bet if he's not taken already. A 1st round talent, Romeus has OLB written all over him. Tall and long, he has the wingspan to cover a lot of space, but stout enough to play the power game. If you compare him in 2009 to any of the top DL coming out in this draft, he's just as good. He can power through a Tackle, extending his long arms or cut across and close. He's a relentless tracker who operates good in the open field.