02-10-2013, 11:57 PM
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Re: Three years outórate the 2010 Patriots draft
Originally Posted by Rob0729
First, you are complaining about the Pats taking a punter in a fifth round and continuing to make a case for a back up WR (your own words) in the second round. I said there are better choices in the second round other than Cunningham (Lee was my choice), but I disagree on Tate.
Second, just because Tate succeeded in a similar system in college doesn't mean he would succeed in the Pros. Prior to the draft, there was a lot of doubt that would succeed in the Pros no matter what system he was in. The Pats could have gotten a better #3 WR in later rounds. Eric Decker (3rd round) and Antonio Brown (6th round) were both drafted after Tate and are better receivers than Tate.
Third, plenty of teams draft a punter in the 5th round or higher. Here are all the teams that drafted punters drafted in the 5th round or higher over the last decade:
- This year, the Jags drafted one in the third round.
- In 2009, both the Bengals and Saints drafted a punter in the 5th round.
- In 2007, both the Steelers and Jags drafted a punter in the 4th round. In 2005, the Chiefs drafted on in the 3rd round.
- In 2004, the Packers drafted one in the 3rd round.
- In 2003, the Chargers drafted on in the 5th.
- In 2002, the Ravens drafted one in the 4th.
So that is eight teams drafting nine punters over the last decade in the same round or higher as the Pats when they took Mesko. Considering teams only have one punter and a punter's career (even for an average one) is over a decade long, that is a lot of punters drafted in the fifth round or higher.
Fourth, Mesko is better than you give him credit for. He does a pretty good job getting the ball inside the 20 and boots it when he needs to. There is no such thing as a coffin kicker in the NFL anymore. Mesko's numbers suffer from the Pats' offense that scores on more drives than most teams and, when they are forced to punt, they are kicking closer to midfield or on the other side of the field more often than other teams.
Fair enough points re Mesko, though I still disagree re Golden Tate.