Originally Posted by bucky
Here's my take on your draft:
Jackson - I like this pick (I would have liked Holmes even more), but I wouldn't have given up the 3rd rounder to move up. I would be happy to just sit there and see which of the WRs or LBs drops to 21. Just out of curiousty, were Lawson, Greenway, Wimbley, and/or Carpenter still on the board at 21?
Addai - I'm OK with him, but I think a TE would present more value at this point.
Whimper - From what I've read, this guy is nowhere near ready to play yet. That makes him a project. And I can't see the Pats spending a day 1 pick on an OL project. That's what they do with UDFAs.
Praham, Maxey and Ross - I like all of these.
Guillory - must admit I've never heard of him and I can't even find a scouting report on him. So I give you the benefit of the doubt, but I wonder if he could have been had later on.
Reid - not a bad place to take a flier. Was Skyler Green still available?
Huston - perfect spot to take a kicker
Wallace - the obligatory TE. Pretty good pick. At this point, everybody's a long shot anyway.
Overall, I think your draft wil give the Pats little help in 2006. But could pay dividends in 2007.
Carpenter was picked at 21 by the Eagles, the others were all gone. We picked Carpenter in the previous mock so we wanted to try something different.
As far as Addai goes he is my favorite back in the draft (Reggie doesn't count). He is the top blocker, has great hands, and is a powerful inside runner. He could be the single back or the fullback. He also has shown the willingness to play special teams. He would get on the field plenty as a rookie.
With 10 picks to go we had Mark Anderson, Joe Klopfenstein, and Danaiel Manning on our board. One of the 3 surely had to drop right? Nope. We only got 1 minute for our pick and our whole list was gone, and with 3 GMS we came up with a compromise. We thought that Chris Cocong would have lasted until our 4th rounder and he didn't, so if we did it again we would have made him the pick. I like Whimper though and love his athleticism.
Since we didn't have a defensive player we went with a LB with versatility to play 3-4 OLB or ILB.
Maxey offers us something that our other CBs don't have: size. Plus he can play some FS.
Ross would be the future replacement for Koppen.
Guillory is 6-4 252 with 4.55 speed. He has experience at both DE and OLB. Had 10 sacks last season.
Green was gone in the 5th round, the pick after we chose Ross. Reid played HB/WR/KR at FSU. He was willing to do anything to help FSU win. Plus he has 4.34 speed. Explosive punt returner and managed 50 receptions last year.
Huston was brought in to challenge Gramatica. We also signed Scifres as a UDFA.
We felt Cooper Wallace was good value, we also signed Quinn Sypniewski and Ed Nelson to battle him for the #3 TE spot.
As far as the rest of our UDFA we landed 2 NT in UDFA in Anderson and Littlejohn. 3 QBs in case we don't sign a veteran 3rd in Basenez, Lulay, and Gutierrez. 1 RB who we felt is a steal in Ross and a versatile WR in Bilbo. We also added 3 DBs who could all be drafted in Peprah, Smith, and Rushing. Chude is my sleeper at ILB, and Schmidt, Hawkins, and McIntyre could all play 3-4 OLB. Unfortunately we only landed 1 3-4 DE in Smith and 1 OL in LeVoir.
I also wanted to add our trades that fell through. We were going to trade down with the Bears and pick up their 3rd and a pick next year. That fell through because they lost their 3rd when they signed Ricky Manning Jr. So instead we traded up.
Then we were going to make another trade with the Eagles giving up pick our 2nd 4th rounder to move up in the 2nd and take Richard Marshall. Ironically, the Bears chose Marshall in the 1st after missing on Cromartie, the player they were making the deal with us to get.