Re: Where is the Room for all these draft pics?
posted at 10/25/2010 11:32 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Where is the Room for all these draft pics?
[QUOTE]From the current 53 man Roster the following should go Gone no excuses Neal - will retire with a new ring Morris - will retire with a ring Taylor - needs to retire with his ring Should be gone Quinn Ojinnka - Terrence Wheatley - how mant more chances ... Rich Ohrnberger - hasn't been good enough really Alge Crumpler - age is getting up there Logan Mankin - wants out Gerrad Warren - age facter Matt Light - time to give Seabass the keys to the left side Johnathon Wilhite - rubbish really Back from IR to 53 man roster Ty Warren Leigh Bodden Looks like 7 -8 picks will make the team and several free agent Vets and walk ons will be brought in for competition
Posted by hoyle[/QUOTE]
To further this, I'd go:1 3-4 Defensive End
- (at LEAST-Ty Warren moving up in age, NE NEEDS at the bare minimum one very decent Defensive End, and No problem a shot at taking a big D-Lineman prospect to groom in later rounds) = 1-(2
) DEs1 Offensive Tackle
- (Matt Light is D-O-N-E...pretty sure too, that he's in the last big year of his big-unworthy-contract). NE has Vollmer, and noone else capable to protect Tom Brady at WHICHever the side of the line Vollmer isn't occupying. 1 OT1 Runningback
- (Jesus, ZERO doubt). NEEDED, 1 bigger type RB for NEs zone blocking scheme, and this is an utterly ideal situation. IF that bigger RB CAN be a home-run threat AND a bruiser...THINK now, Corey Dillon alone, IF you still pray either Woodhead/BJGE will either or both, man BOTH-that Maroney place as a 2nd RB AND a 3rd down scat-back...VERY ideal, so = 1-(2
) RB(s)1 OLB
- (Again=IDEAL). Ninkovich may certainly not be our perfect Strong Outside Linebacker in a 3-4 Defense (when ya think Ninkovich, do'ya think=Long-Term replacement of Mike Vrabel?!?). NOW- Weakside Outside Linebacker...And so Likewise, TBC is certainly NO Willie McGinest. We have ZERO idea IF Cunningham can be a Willie Mac, AND the best fit as a pass-rushing pure backfield TRUE threat @ WOLB, seems to be made of glass-Crable. So, I'd have no prob IF 3-4 OLB = 1-(2
) OLBs.1 WR
- (very hard call on where to rank this...VERY hard). WRs in the Draft go much faster than RBs in several years and it Is a "Passing League" and NE does NOT have a true #1 WR in the wings. Thing is, they never really did in SB Championship years, just the "open man." AND with a Receiving corp (includ. TE)-MORE deep than it has been for many years with: Hernandez, Gronkowski, Welker, Edelman, Branch & Tate, WHERE on earth do ya rank that (IF ya even do)- #1 WR and ideally deep-threat (Taylor Price is sorta a deep-threat/possession guy...from a small program and SO utterly raw). As it stands, You're goin': 2 TEs/2 slot WRs/and 2 #2 Possession WRs...Very Tough. So, ya gotta see how free agency & injuries and development AND future schemes play out, but'cha want hopefully/always 1 to groom. = 1 WR2
! Offensive Guards
- Now, that #1 Ranked OC always goes in the 1st-early 2nd Rd, but those guys just behind him @ OC, slip to the middle RDs. Couple this w/ Mankins situation, Ohrnberger shortcomings, Neal's age and injuries, and Ojinnaki's free agency, And NE has to, select At LEAST 1 Offfensive Guard of starting material, BY their second 2nd Round Selection. OGs slip big-time, and NE in good-liklihood, SHOULD undoubtedly pass-off on the OGs (even though, they do need 2!), Until that second 2nd Round Selection. In doing so, NE by all recent Draffts, CAN very certainly still select, the #2-#3 Rated Offensive Guard in ALL of College, even at the bottom of Round #2. Now, seeing that NE runs that zone-smaller O-Lineman blocking scheme, built for passing OVER big mauling O-Lineman (like many other teams do), The Patriots can still get the very best pass-protecting, but very good-still all-around OG in College @ the bottom of Round #2. Finally, NE can pluck (hopefully) a gem in those middle rounds, because imo (and many others)- Offensive Lineman is one of the deeper positions to draft for. = 2 OGs1 Offensive Center
- (After at least 1 OG)... The only reason I am placing OC AFTER Offensive Guard is NOT because I believe the "Mankins Situation" will be resolved...I do not. It was because I just watched OG Ohrnberger get blown up in that San Diego game. Very hard placing this here after OG, because I believe that before this season began, Belichick himself wanted an OC before an OG. BB draffted a very small and imho "raw" Ted Larsen as the future OC from NC State. I thought it a bad pick then (wanted BCs Matt Tenant), and it turned out to be (Larsen cut in camp I believe). Overall, It'll be tough taking a flyer with NE's #2 1st rd pick on Fla's Pouncey in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft, because he is SO solid and he can play BOTH OC and OG...very tempting. Either way, as it stands, ya got Connely and Koppen...2 guys with something absurd, like 15 NFL years between them=old, old, old. Remember those Giants DTs blowing our OC and 2 OGs off the line? Nothin' has changed. = 1 OC1 Cornerback
- Not sold (EVER!) on Wheatley or Wilhite...and even though I was sold and liked the Darius Butler selection, it's beginning to turn in me. In the NFL, and in particular NE, Cornerbacks seem to drop like freakin' flies from injury...GOTTA take 1. Imagine IF Devin McCourty (god forbid) gets injured?!? Leigh Bodden, Then??? Anyway, we're actually lucky this year in having ONLY 1 top cornerback out for the season. Bodden also, is getting up in age somewhat, as CBs don't last long in the NFL. Ya should hopefully be grooming 1 somewhere in order for injuries to your other vets and to get that young guy up to NFL speed when it matters. Overall, another pposition of need, but a position which is hard to place specifically in terms of importance. = 1 CB~
Now, I ain't MENTIONING a better long-snapper, and I'm hoping that Mesko IS the solution @ Punter (Matt Dodge shanked far less punts, but didn't have as much of a high-booming kick as Mesko...still, Dodge was/is imho a safer choice for long term from the past 2010 Draft). ~In
, We are NOW talking (again pre-Free Agency), A Bare Minimum OF: 9 Starters
YET, If ya wanted to count a worse case scenario (and again-PRE free agency)-WITH a long snapper, 2 D-lineman (not 1), 2 OLBs (not 1), and 2 RBs (not 1), Pre Free Agency-New England Patriots COULD do with nearly:13 MORE
Players on their field.