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The FO thought they had their future starters in Meriweather and Sanders, with Sanders as the "true" strong safety. I agree that it is time to look again. After all we have three openings at safety.
sanders is the best tackler they have in the secondary.........but he is too small to make the big hit and too slow to be very effective in coverage
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I would love Adrian Wilson here too, but that seems unlikely. But remember, Lawyer Milloy was a rookie under Belichick in '96, so a rookie starting at SS for him is not unprecedented. Milloy was their starter then, wasn't he?
Wilson doesn't become a UFA until after the 2009 season.
Like I said over at ESPN's board. Brian Dawkins is a FA next year. Sign him and you have an intimidating pair of safeties with Meriweather at SS. Dawkins can still play and has been one of the best FS's in the business. BB has a track record of going after that kind of experienced and savvy player. They'd be set for at least two years.
It would take our first, but William Moore from Missouri is one of my favourite players in the draft. He's a SS type but has good ball skills and is a sound tackler. Has experience both in the box and in space (the way we used Rodney). IMO he could contribute in year 1, and could be an impact player down the road.
I definitely would not mind Dawkins though...that dude can play
Adrian Wilson isn't a FA, but Brian Dawkins is. He'll turn 36 next season, however, so at best he could serve as a 1/2-year mentor to our SS of the Future, if he were so inclined.
Other interesting FA names at SS:
Yeremiah Bell, Michael Boulware, James Butler, Sean Considine, Sean Jones,
Brandon McGowan, Jon McGraw, Jermaine Phillips, Gerald Sensabaugh, and Darren Sharper.
Oh, and Lawyer Milloy, too. But he would never return here, would he?
What the NEP should do is sign one of the aforementioned SSs - Jones & Phillips are my top 2 - and draft a SS of the Future, a young Rodney Harrison, with a Top 100 pick - the earlier the better.
After Asomugha, Sean Jones is probably the best player in the free agency pool. If they could somehow grab both of them, our secondary instantly transforms from among the very worst to among the very best. Of course, they will both likely be franchised. With Hobbs and Meriweather still on rookie contracts, it would work out OK. I'd be cool with Sanders as the third safety. Despite his limitations, he seems to understand the defense well enough.
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Last edited by dryheat44; 12-11-2008 at 08:54 AM..
A word about the hybrid S/LB position....erm, Tank Williams?
When's the last time Tank has stayed healthy for a full season? And that's the rub. Pats should look to the draft or free agency for their safety needs. I think an enforcer/hard hitting SS type is in order.
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If we pass early on a William Moore, who fits the size mold of many on this board, there is a heck of a football player who doesn't have the size, but fits the player mold of Pats prospects. Emanuel Cook of South Carolina is quite a player. Rated the #1 junior SS prospect with a round 1-2 projection. Decent in coverage and very strong in the box/short zone due to his tackling ability. Reportedly, a very instinctive player. Nicknamed the Hit Man. Listed at only 5'10" 205, but I've seen him profiled at 215. He's the real deal as a hitter, otherwise his size would be a concern. But when you look back, BB spent a third rounder on SS Gus Scott, he of the 5-10 204 stature.
As far as I know, the Pats still draft football players. So when focusing on the 220+ Safeties, consider the lightweights who can play the position as well.
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