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... As for Mathias Kiwanuka, reports have him dropping like a rock in the draft due to his poor performance against Ferguson ...
IMO, if the Pats were to draft MK they would use him at OLB. Maybe MK would have trouble as an everydown DE where he would rush the passer on most downs. My guess is that MK would be more successful in a Willie type role.
I suspect that he is downgraded by a lot of teams based upon his projection as a DE. He may be better suited at OLB in the Pat defense.
IMO, Willie had his best years at OLB, not as a pure DE.
I agree with BelichickFan's selection, however I am predicting that the Patriots have to trade up to #13 to get Lawson. They are afraid of the other 3-4 defense teams scooping him up. They give a up their 3rd round #75 overall as well as #21.
Greg Jennings is the man ... Deion Branch clone. Three 1,000 yard seasons. 14. 11 and 14 TD's the last three years. Great route runner sets up defenders, finds the open areas of zones and settles in.
Chris Gocong in Round 3 (may have to trade up to get him). Gocong is Tedy Bruschi. He started as a Nose Tackle moved to DE and had 42 sacks the last two years. Not afraid to mix it up. He has been described as the energizer bunny never takes aplay off no matter if its play 1 or play 101.
Works for me. #13 is a perfect position for Lawson; Jennings gives you value at WR and a weapon on punts; Gocong is a great long-term project inside. (Though I think Maurice Drew is another possibility in the 2nd.)
I don't see the need to move up IMO the BB & SP are looking at Lawson and or Kiwanuka in the 1st.
2nd Drew and a possible trade into the 2nd for the TE Pope or ILB Jackson.
3rd OLB/DE McClover WR Marshall or Baskett
4th SS Pollard or CB's Webb or Gordon.
I like Cogcong (Hope the spelling is correct) pick. Do you think he will be picked in the third round? I believe it would be in the fourth.
The Pats are in good position for a great draft possible the best since BB and SP tendure in NE. My feeling is that the 1st round will play out just 2003 draft with Wilfork.
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I agree with BelichickFan's selection, however I am predicting that the Patriots have to trade up to #13 to get Lawson.
I don't see them panicking into a massive tradeup. I am starting to think Lawson is their realistic #1 target (eliminating those they have no chance at) but I doubt he stands out above the rest to give up a decent package to move up 8 spots.
I have really enjoyed the debates about college players and the draft. Now, it's time to gather an official record of people's picks three days before the draft, to see how close or far off we were on guessing Belichick's actual moves. You can make any prediction, such as trading up, trading down, packaging picks, staying put...basically whatever you think will actually happen. I'll go first, by listing the position targeted, and then my guess as to who will actually be picked.
Pick l Position l Player:
#21: Wide Receiver. Guess: Santonio Holmes
#52: DE (conversion to OLB). Guess: Mathias Kiwanuka
Rationale: I actually think the Pats will move around A LOT in this draft, but since it's so difficult to project, I will just say for now that they stay put with their first two picks. I know Belichick believes in spending top picks on quality players who play on the O and D-line, but the Pats ultimately have big starter-holes at LB and WR that need to be filled. I originally went LB for the first pick, but since LB depth is better than WR depth this year, I thought the Pats would take the best receiver first. I think both Holmes and Kiwanuka will fall. Also, off topic, I think Graham gets traded for picks before the season starts.
We had this discussion in the resigning Graham thread. Think like Belichick for a second. With Grahams blocking skills outside of Kenyatta, Gorin, Ashworth & Hochstein we won 2 super bowls. A great blocking TE might get $2.5 mil per year. An above average RT gets 4.5-5 million per year. Why not resign Graham and keep paying young , borderline starters less than $1 million???
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