Re: Why Many Patriots' Fans Were Upset over 2011 Draft Selections
posted at 7/1/2011 4:32 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Why Many Patriots' Fans Were Upset over 2011 Draft Selections
[QUOTE]TP... understand your points... but... In a May issue of ESPN the Mag, Rex Ryan of the Jets was asked to react to Jets fans equal disappointment in their team's draft. His response, paraphrasing here: " Did the fans see all the game tapes of the players we drafted and the scouting reports? I doubt any of them did." So, in a nutshell, how can fans make a judgment, in all honesty, without knowing what the team's objectives were in the draft? Fans are too knee jerk reactors to team moves and seem to think the team should think like a fan.
Posted by agcsbill[/QUOTE]
Actually, I'm not that critical of the Patriots' draft. I agreed with the selection of OT Nate Solder at #17, overall. As I have repeatedly stated, protecting Tom Brady is job one. With aging, fading LT Matt Light an UFA, this selection made a ton of sense.
I also think that trading the 28th overall pick for the 56th overall pick, plus the Saints' #1 in 2012, represented good value. I wasn't sold on RB Mark Ingram. Evidently, BB wasn't sold enough on DE/DT Muhammad Wilkerson to prevent him from pulling the trigger on the aforementioned Saints' trade. Time will tell whether BB was right.
The selection of DB Ras-I Dowling over DE/OLB Jabal Sheard and/or Brooks Reed bothered me initially. But, Dowling isn't one of those smallish Terrence Wheatley/Ellis Hobbs 5'9", 185 lb CBs. Were it not for injuries sustained in college, the Leigh Bodden-sized Dowling would have been a #1 pick.
Where I had a problem was with how the 56th, 60th and 73rd overall picks were used. I thought that RBs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley could have be had later, and that there was better value at the WR position. BUT...upon relection, wasn't Vareen selected primarily to be a receiver, coming out of the backfield? A replacement needed to be found for 34 year old Kevin Faulk, who is coming off a season-ending knee injury.
As for Ridley, perhaps BB sees another BJGE? At the very least, Ridley should replace Sammy Morris as a short yardage, goal-line power back.
Taking QB Ryan Mallett at #74 appears to be a good gamble. He's got the size you love in a QB, standing at over 6'6", and weighing over 250 lbs....and has a cannon for an arm. This is not another Kevin O'Connell long shot. Mallett starred in the rugged SEC...not at San Diego State. If he works hard and matures, the Pats might have another Tom Brady-type steal.
I really liked the selections of OG/RT Marcus Cannon, and TE Lee Smith. Keep an eye on Smith. He has the size and athleticism to eventually be converted to an OT.
Like most of you here, I'm sick and tired of watching average QBs get all day to throw, and pick the Pats' defense apart. But, as "Quagmire" pointed out, the offense failed against the Jets. Furthermore, the last three playoff losses against the Giants, Ravens, and Jets had much to do with the Pats OL losing the battle at the line of scrimmage.
Let's see what these kids can do, before we start ripping BB.