Originally Posted by DW Toys
McCourty is a CB who couldn't make it there and is an O.K. Safety. Dennard might be the only decent pick.
I beg BB not to go for a WR or DB. Wasted picks.
I'm not going to dispute the fact that as of right now, he has made better FA signings at those positions, but when you factor in the overall success/failure rate itself in the draft, it is also somewhat overblown.
ALL of McCourty, Dennard, and Wilson should have promising futures in this secondary.
Let's look at the 3 just last year alone:
--McCourty: 5 INT, 2 Forced Fumbles, and 13 passes defended (1 TD scored)
--Wilson: 4 INT, 2 Fumbles recovered, and 6 passes defended
--Dennard: 3 INT, 1 Forced Fumble, and 7 passes defended (1 TD scored)
Are you serious?
Those look like pretty decent numbers to go on, and with any kind of stability in the secondary at all, these guys should be able to take another step forward.
You can't hit on the picks if you don't attempt to take them, and I see it the opposite that you do. I actually hope that Belichick continues to address those positions until he gets it right. It's the only real way to build a good team in the salary cap era. We can make the occasional FA acquisition here and there for stability to build around, but it's impossible to be able to afford those kinds of players, especially when the salary cap has remained flat for a few years now.
As far as Devin McCourty goes, we will have to disagree. I saw someone who had absolutely pathetically horrible safety play last season, which is an enormous part of the problem.
If you don't think McCourty has any value, just watch after the 2014 season when he's a free agent...Anyone who has those kinds of natural talents and versatility to play both positions effectively is very rare. McCourty's great rookie season was almost equaled this past year in a statistical rate, so I disagree about him not being very good.