11-01-2012, 12:51 PM
In the Starting Line-up
Join Date: Dec 2010
Originally Posted by patchick
Hmm, interesting. If you look back over the Pats' recent draft history, do you think that the "high floor" type picks (maybe not an elite athlete, but experienced, productive and low-risk) have been more successful than the "he's an amazing athlete but unproductive/raw/injured/character question mark" types?
Among picks in the top 2 rounds, I'd break it down like this (note that not every player is one or the other):
Well, I meant in regarding to cornerbacks.
We've taken an enormous amount of high ceiling guys that never panned out.
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The Patriots have been overachievers the past two years. It doesn't have the talent to compensate for injuries, and it wins so much because it puts in 99% effort in the regular season and plays with terrific schemes to mask its deficiencies.
But in the playoffs a good team at 99% will not beat emotional, talented teams that play at 100%. It's what happened against the Giants in 2011 and the Ravens in 2012.