Originally Posted by memento
ProFootballTalk.com - 46 UNDERCLASSMEN ARE SEVEN FEWER THAN LAST YEAR
trade some picks for next year?
NFl Draft Scout has a three year average of "48" underclassmen declaring, so "46" is pretty much average.
PFT is a media fed engine, the folks there were focused on the news cycle and not so much on the reality of coaches, parents, and the NFL Advisory Committee providing the kids some alternative perspectives to the media and agent's hype.
This draft class is looking fairly healthy for OL, CB, LB, S, 4-3 DL. QB and TE are weak, 3-4 DL are very weak, S doesn't have much at the top, but the Day Two pool is looking healthy. 3-4 LB are always shaky, but this class actually has a little more going for it than normal. All in all, this is a decent class.
I'm expecting the Pats to wind up with at least 10 picks once comp picks and the Cassel situation are resolved, that is a good reason to roll at least one of the higher picks into Day One in 2010. The potential ramifications of an uncapped 2010 impacting NE's ability to participate in Free Agency - and a projection of a significant pool of 3-4 DL next year - makes for a good argument to move one or more picks into 2010.