Originally Posted by patchick
I think Britton vs. Beatty is a mighty interesting debate. I had been lukewarm on Britton simply because he's not the classic Patriots type -- more big & forceful than nimble on the move. But if you call him a pure RT, he's one of the surest, readiest contributors likely to be found anywhere near pick #23. Smart, hard worker, strong leader, plug him right in.
Beatty, in contrast, has the positives of a classic Pats o-lineman with those ballerina feet. (Maybe he and Light could share leotards?) And that's a rare and invaluable trait; natural LTs don't grow on trees. But..."not agressive" "must develop some nastiness" are the last words I want to hear about a top OL. No, make that second to last. Another poster has said that "raw" is not a word he can accept in a first-round draft pick. For me, it's "unmotivated" or "must be monitored" in training.
So today, if the choice arose, I'd take Britton. Ask me again tomorrow.
O ye of little faith! Patchick, have you abandoned me on the Beatty bandwagon as well?
So let's look a little closer at Beatty's supposed shoddy work ethic and lack of motivation.
- He was redshirted his freshman year and put in the weight room to get stronger and bigger, and reportedly responded well.
- According to Randy Edsall, his head coach, he responded well to his coach being "tough" on him his first 2 years.
- He came into the Senior Bowl at 291 lbs. and showed great feet but got pushed around, so he came into the combine at 307 lbs. with no apparent loss of agility.
- He put up 27 reps of the bench press at the combine with the 2ng longest arms of any top OT prospect, then upped it to 30 reps yesterday at his pro day (he was visibly struggling after 27, but pushed to 30). That compares with Eben Britton at 24, Michael Oher at 21, and Andre Smith at 19. Jason Smith did 33 reps. So he appears to have decent natural strength for his long arms, and to be willing to work in the weight room and get better.
His parents are both pastors. He's a solid kid with no bad raps on his character. He's been a 3 year starter, and has done very well against speed rushers like George Selvie during that time. He has never been considered inconsistent as a performer, and has gotten better and better over time.
Of course he's not without risk. But how often do you have the chance of drafting a potential Walter Jones at the end of the 1st round/beginning of the 2nd?
Britton will be a nice replacement for Kaczur, and probably a slight upgrade. I have no doubt he'll be a more ready contributor from day 1 than Beatty. But I'm going to stick with Beatty, thank you. After all, natural LT's don't grow on trees, as you said.
If Barwin and Beatty are both on the board at 23 I would seriously consider taking Barwin at 23 (because he's more of a sure thing, has a higher floor, and because I think Parcells may well take him at 25). There's no team that's a threat to take an OT until Philly at 28. I would then seriously consider packaging #34 and 89 to trade up with Baltimore at 26 or Indy at 27 to get Beatty.