Re: We all knew in our hearts that we weren't picking at #29,but did you think we would get 4 picks for 1?
posted at 4/26/2013 7:24 AM EDT
It's widely regarded that this was NOT a top heavy draft. Most previews have maybe 20 guys MAX with a true first round grade.
However, there are a LOT of gus with 2nd/3rd round grades.
This is the kind of draft I was hopind BB would do exactly this. Whoever they took at 29 was going to be risky because there simply wasn't much, or any, 1st round level talent available.
Sure, we've all heard that before...but just look at how the draft has unfolded so far. No RBs! 1 QB! No 'polished' wrs even in the draft! It was heavy in the trenches...where the Pats are actually very good on both sides of the ball.
29 to the 50s, to me, isn't a horrible move...especially when you pile a 3, 4 and 7 on top of that...in fact, it's a pretty great move.
This isn't really about 'value' as much as quantity. At 29, there was nothing that was screaming for the Pats to take like with Matthews a few seasons back.
Given the recent track record of the past 3 drafts, I'm very comfortable with this strategy, and expect that one pick just turned into 2+ solid to good players. BB had some bad drafts in the late 00s, but has been back to nailing it for 3 years now. Whine about Chad Jackson, Maroney or Meriweather all you want...I'd prefer to look at Gronk, Hernandez, Spikes, Hightower, Jones, McCourty, Ridley, Vereen, Mallett, Edelman, Dennard, Mesko and Vollmer. I excluded Solder, as he was picked in the teens.
I'd call this a fleecing. MIN wanted desperately to trade back up for a WR who seems very raw for a young team without a proven anything besides RB?
Kraft said it best at the team's draft party, basically he said something about how he USED to be concerned with winning the PR Title on draft day, but has grown to realize it's more important to put the correct pieces in place to make the team better over time than to create a little buzz or be a draft "winner" when 85% is yet to be determined (as MIN is today).
Pats are draft winners. How do I determine that? 10 playoff appearances, 5 SB appearances, with 3 wins, and a perfect regular season in 12 years. You don't do that unless you're a BIG TIME draft winner. The two years they MISSED the playoffs, they went a combined 20-12.