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Patriots' Draft

Posted on: March 28, 2010 5:25 pm
 
Got to thinking about the Patriots the other day, and what they need to do in the upcoming draft. First round, I feel that they must take a linebacker. Some people have been tagging the Pats as taking Jermaine Gresham in the first round, but i think that linebacker is by far their position of greatest need. They could  use help inside with Jerod Mayo,  but I think they really need a pass rusher. They haven't had a pass-rushing linebacker since Mike Vrabel, and in the 3-4, you really need one. It doesn't seem like Adalius Thomas has turned into what they hoped he would, which is a shame. I was disappointed that they didn't take a linebacker in last year's draft early, particularly Clay Matthews, who was available when they picked in the first round, but they decided to trade down.

Looking at the prospects for pass-rushing linebackers, several names seem to jump out as possibilities for the Patriots. Sergio Kindle is an outside linebacker from Texas, and would provide much needed athletecism and speed on the defense. Some mock drafts have him going much earlier, but if he's there when the Patriots are up, they have to consider him. Another name is Brandon Graham, the outside linebacker from Michigan. He's not projected to go as highly as Kindle, but can bring similar speed and athleticism. Another possibility is Jason Pierre-Paul from South Florida. Standing 6'6" and 265 pounds, he played DE in college, but could be a rush linebacker in the 3-4. Is incredibly athletic with a super-quick first step that could cause major problems for offensive tackles. He's not too strong and doesn't have super technique, but his pure speed and quickness makes him a nightmare off the edge, and a very intriguing possibilty for the Pats.

The second round is less definitive for the Pats. They have three picks in the second round, at 44, 47, and 53. I feel that they should take one linebacker, one wide receiver, and one cornerback. If they take a pass rushing linebacker in the first round, then they might look for an inside backer in the second round. Sean Lee, from Penn State is one possibility as in inside linebacker. Coming from a long line of Penn State backers, Lee has great awareness, intelligence, and toughness. His speed and strength are questioned, but he ran a 4.6 40 on the PSU Pro Day and is an excellent tackler. The Patritos could definitely find a place for this guy on their defense Another possible linebacker is Koa Misi from Utah. He could play inside or outside linebacker. He played DE in college, but in drills, has looked good in linebacker drills, and seems quick and agile enough to be a backer. At 6'3" and 250 pounds, he has the right build.

There are several cornerbacks that are candidates for the Patriots to grab in the 2nd round. Kareem Jackson is one option, out of Alabama. He is agressive, and plays well in bump-and-run coverage. Another option is Dominique Franks, from Oklahoma. he has good speed and is solid in man-to-man coverage.  Patrick Robinson is another CB projected to go in the second round, out of Florida State. He's very fast - 4.38 40 - and has good size (5'11"). He's also very good in man-to-man coverage, with long arms and good jumping ability. The final CB prospect for the Pats is Chris Cook, out of Virginia. Unlike the other three CBs, who were all under 6 feet and fast, Cook is big and physical. He's 6'2" and 212 pounds, and is still very fast. He doesn't have great acceleration or burst, but is strong, with good hands. If the Patriots could grab one of these coernerbacks, I think that would really help their defense, especially with Terence Wheatley not delivering quite the way the Patriots had hoped when the spent an early pick on him a couple years ago.

As for wide receivers, there are a few that the Patriots could take. Notre Dame standout Golden Tate is one option, but he may very well be gone before the Patriots turn comes in the 2nd round. Another possibility is Damien Williams out of South Carolina. At 6'1" with good speed and good hands, he could help the Patriots, especially with Randy Moss nearing the end of his contract. Arrelious Benn, from Illinois is also someone the Patriots could take. He's 6'1" and 220 pounds with decent speed. However, there are questions about his work ethic and practice habits. If he can harness his potential, he could be very good. Another option is Taylor Price from Ohio University. He didn't get much exposure at Ohio, but he's got good size - 6'1" and 200 pounds - with soft hands and good acceleration and quickness. A final intriguing option is Dexter McCluster, from Mississippi. McCluster is a versatile player, earning All-SEC honors at both RB and WR. Some scouts view him as a change of pace RB, a la Darren Sproles, but others project him as a slot receiver, and with Wes Welker presumably out for the season, the Pats could use some help there. Even at RB, Maroney is the Pats' only relatively young back, so he could even help there. He's small, at 5'9" and 180, but very fast and explosive. If the Pats drafted him, he could add a home run threat to their offense immediately.

So that's my take on the Patriots' draft needs. I think a pass rushing linebacker is absolutely vital for the Pats, preferably in the first round, but after that, it's less clear, Like I said, help at inside linebacker would be good, and DB and WR help is also good. But if a quality player (Jermaine Gresham?) drops far, and doesn't fit one of those positions, the Pats could take him. Either way, the Pats have 4 picks in the first two rounds, and if they use them wisely, could set themselves up nicely for the future.
Comments

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2010 7:25 pm
 

Patriots' Draft

Hmm, that is an interesting idea. However, I don't think that they should trade their late first round pick to get mcclain, because they really do need a pass rusher. If they could somehow keep the late pick and trade up using 2nd round picks and other chips, that would be something to really think about.



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2010 4:09 pm
 

Patriots' Draft

I know it goes against the Patriot grain but I like the idea of trading up in the draft to get a legitimate impact player.  The most desireable, in my opinion, is Rolando McLain.  The idea of him and Mayo in the middle makes me salivate a lil.  I wouldn't trade up to get him in the top ten but if drops past Jacksonville and Denver at 10 and 11 I think it would be a good move.  That leaves three possible trading partners before the Giants 15th pick.  I can't see him falling past the Giants.  

Normally I'd dismiss the idea immediately but with Seattle sitting in that group of three I think it could actually be a possibility.  I'd be willing to give up one of those extra 2nd picks (especially the one they are thinking of using on Tebow) to move up for that kind of player.  

Anyone else think this is a feasible/good idea? 



Since: Jan 16, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2010 10:06 am
 

Patriots' Draft

Good info. Everything and everybody you touch upon makes sense and kind of goes with what the draftniks think. I think if a Dez Bryant falls to them in the first round it will be hard to pass up. He doesn't have any criminal baggage. The other stuff doesn't outweigh his incredible ability and production in college. I feel the Pats need to get an impact starter with their first pick. If it s not a Dez Bryant then I would jump all over Kindle or the DE from Penn St.. Then depth at LB and a RB. I like the idea of McCluster who could help with the return game too if Tate isn't the answer. And please no TE before the 3rd round.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Patriots' Draft

oh believe me, I know that. All I can do is give my opinion and hazard a guess. If I get like, 2 out of the 4 picks right, I consider that a success.



Since: Nov 11, 2009
Posted on: March 30, 2010 6:50 pm
 

Patriots' Draft

Good post.But bill B will prove you wrong.No one other then insiders know what he will do come draft day.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 30, 2010 12:30 am
 

Patriots' Draft

Yeah, I mean if Tebow is there in rounds 4 or 5, understandable. But in round 2? too early. He could be valuable, but not that valuable for the Pats.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2010 11:11 pm
 

Patriots' Draft

I actually don't think taking Tim Tebow would be crazy if its with a 4th round pick and all the needs are met. With the Patriots organization, he will have time to work on the new throwing motion under Tom Brady and think about this: I thought the Patriots struggled at times scoring in the red zone last season. Tebow is a solid guy for a 3rd and 1 run up the gut get the first down kind of play and is solid in goal line situations. Tebow should be considered an option, but I would not take him in round 2.




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: March 29, 2010 10:28 pm
 

Patriots' Draft

Thanks for checking in guys. I do realize that the Patriots drafted Tyrone McKenzie and have Shawn Crable, but both are relatively unproven (McKenzie almost completely so). I think that if they have the opportunity to grab a good linebacker like Kindle or Graham in the first round, they can't pass that up. They can't trust Crable to be that answer. If he is, great. They need all the pass rush that they can get.

You guys see that one of the draft guys here has the Pats drafting Tim Tebow?? Why in the world would they do that? They have needs far greater than backup QB, particularly considering Tebow might never develop into an NFL QB.



Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: March 29, 2010 3:24 pm
 

Patriots' Draft

Great post. I agree with everything your saying. I think Kindle or Graham in the 1st round would be a good idea and I agree that in the 2nd round we need another LB, WR and CB. We could possibly take a TE with one of the 2nd round picks also. A LB I like is Brandon Spikes. I think teaming him up with Mayo in the middle would be successful.



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 29, 2010 10:24 am
 

Patriots' Draft

The Pats did draft a line backer last year Tyrone Mckenzie for the inside ,but was injured right away.They can now get whatever they need to finish retooling the entire roster .Crable may be tyhe missing pass rusher .so they will have everything they need plus also depth wise giving them a very powerful team for the 2010 season.


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