02-10-2009, 03:42 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Re: Draft impact news
Depending on our success in free agency, we might have to use #23 for a safety. It depends on how Belichick rates the safeties and when he expects them to be drafted. O would not be surprised to have one or two of the safeties move up on the boards (or on Belichick's board) after the combine. After how many safeties in this draft can be expected to step in and start?
I am one that hopes this need is met in free agency, or in Round 2.
Originally Posted by Seneschal2
Delmas and the rest of the Safety crop aren't currently ranked in round one. Even though I'd be the first to say BB doesn't adhere to rankings -- some of the other teams do. Teams may not even consider a Safety before round two, although Delmas could be snatched as a late first. Point being, if, come draft day the value for the Safety position is placed in the round 2-3 area (as it is now), then the Pats could wait till then. And with their abundance of picks, the Pats would be in a safe position to target a Safety and move up in round two if they're so inclined. Keep in mind that there's still a possibility that any Cassel trade may garner another second or third-rounder, as would a #23 tradedown, making it that much easier to succeed in their targeting.
I'm not opposed to drafting a Safety early, as my #1 want going into this draft is to add a playmaking DB (CB or Safety). But any DB at #23 would have to represent solid value -- be it Delmas or someone else.
Currently, here are the FS and SS round projections by NFLDraftscout (Top 4 only):
Moore, William - 2-3
Delmas, Louis - 2-3
Pegues, Derek - 3
Johnson, Rashad - 3-4
Chung, Patrick - 2
Hamlin, Michael - 2-3
Vaughn, Chip - 3
Cook, Emanuel - 3-4