Originally Posted by PATRIOTSFANINPA
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Nice little article which is a bit interesting since Rick,who I think is one of the best sports writers in America thinks that Backup QB is one of the positions that BB will look for in the draft,I have not seen backup QB mentioned in too many articles about the Pats draft,Since O'Connell is a 3rd pick just last year he is a lock on the roster but Gutz is probably gone,at least I think Rick thinks so.
If it is a backup QB they look for then Pat White (who also did tryouts as a WR) is my choice on day two.
The thing I like about the Pats is that they seem to have a natural rhythm around their draft process:
- Field a viable roster BEFORE the draft so that need is a factor...but not THE factor...guiding draft decisions.
- Have an extra 1st so that you can use the earlier one and trade the other into the next year. Effective when you are always at the end of the round and also provides insurance for getting into top 10 in reaction to injury/tragedy/retirement. Unfortunately the league office screwed this up but I think the Pats get back on track for 2010.
- Use draft picks for a variety of non-obvious purposes...contract leverage (Marquise Hill), specialists (Slater), camp chemistry, shadow roster, etc. I think you have to evaluate the Pats pick a little differently since they typically have more picks than they can effectively use for traditional purposes.
- Get a developmental QB. The Pats know they have the ultimate role model in Brady and you never know what might happen when you give him a talented (but under the radar) protege. BTW, it is not a coincidence that Cassel, Gutz and O'Connell have nearly identical body types. My pick for 2009 Brady clone...Chase Patton from Missouri (6'4", 224).
Not to say that the Pats don't have their share of busts. But they have a plan and a process that in many ways makes draft day more of an art than a science.