Re: This years receivers Better then last?
posted at 8/12/2013 12:54 PM EDT
In response to pcmIV's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
The WR curse myth is just that ... a myth. NE made some poor (and low) selections that didn't work. It has no bearing on the new selections who were taken by a largely different scouting group, and using a very different philosophy.
Other than Chad Jackson, prior to this draft there really hadn't been many high picks invested in WRs. Tate and Price were both late 3rd rounders. You have to go all the way back to Bethel Johnson in 2003 to find another reasonably high pick. I hope this year we can finally put the ridiculous myth that Brady can't work with young WRs to bed.
And think about the Tate/Johnson selections.
They were head scratchers on both accounts. Both were the kind of situation where the draft gurus out there were saying, why leave these other guys on the board for a 4th round KR? This is my biggest beef with how Dimitrioff, et al, would scout those guys. They would hedge their bets on WRs by picking excellent KRs.
What did they get? Well Tate and Johnson became good KRs, who were off the team in four seasons, and out of the league (BJ) shortly thereafter.
If you pick KRs, you get KRs. In order to get a dynamite WR, you need to select a WR, and do it rather high. It stinks, sure, but that is the name of the game when it comes to drafting WRs.
My theory is after the CJ bust they got scared and looked for "value" trying to get a player that might stick as a role player even if he doesn't get it as a WR. But it's faulty logic. In that respect, I always liked the Chad Jackson selection *better* than Tate, Johnson, etc. At least it was a selection with a clear purpose instead of a mealy mouthed hedge.
The thing I loved, really loved, about Jim Robinson getting Dobson, Boyce, and Thompkins is that they are WRs only. They grabbed guys that look like WRs and have zero upside as KRs.
Even if all of these guys are busts ... NE would have missed in the right way drafting good college WRs to play WR.