Originally Posted by BelichickFan
There's just so much depth at that position that it doesn't excite me - which is the same reason that - wait for it - Barwin at #23 is just so-so to me.
For them to take an OLB converting from DE before #34 they had better think he's the next Ware or Merriman because there will be good choices at #34 and later.
Cousins, I do not see BB packaging to move up in round one. Trade out ? Maybe. From seeing the resources and time they are spending on certain players and the fact that BB was visiting Florida and UConn and not for a fourth or fifth rounder or a smoke job, I think you can get some pretty educated idea of at least some targeted picks in the draft falls the way they want.
Reiss was pretty right on in his projections. It helps when you are around those contacts daily. He says LB, S, G, DL.
#23=Ayers DE or Hood DT (preparing in case Seymour and Green bolt. I can see them trading Green to Denver(?) for a pick). I would not be surprised to see BB take Harvin WR as the third choice. You can do a lot of stuff with him. BB's relationship to Meyer feeds him the true story on this kid.
The wild card is Andre Smith if he slides this far. Saban will stand behind the kid to BB.
For all the Barwin fans. If BB thinks he is the guy, he will not wait until #34. He'll strike now at #23 (unless he can trade down five picks or so), but I think with seven OLB's right now on the roster, finding a partner opposite Thomas might be right here.
#34=Butler CB (shocker?.....no. Think about it. Best skill set of any CB in the Draft. A visit to UConn by the "Godfather". Bodden has a one year contract and Hobbs is done in 2010. Springs is an older CB but maybe a Saftey option. Last years scouting job on the W&W twins wasn't exactly stellar. They are backups.
If they draft Butler, they could trade Hobbs this year for a pick before they get nada in 2010).....
or Donald Brown RB (see above).
The top three backs are all over 30. Faulk is in his final year. Maroney has been no where near a first round value and do not even attempt to spin that one. CAP potential money loss non-withstanding, Maroney could be had for a decent pick. All this make believe stuff about saying it is cheaper to keep him is ridiculous. All of the NO!NO!NO! crew here would take Brown over Maroney too. If you have a chance to make chicken salad from chicken feces you do it. $700k when Jerry Jones lost $8m on T.O.? I agree if has to be a decent pick like a late two or three.
BB was looking at one or two of the above or both. Cody Brown is a fourth rounder tops. He is not a Storrs field trip maker.
#47=Merridith G. Thought to be a OT by the other 31, but has versatility to play both. Was a better OG in his senior year. Versatility and roster spots for the BB game are key. Dante was sent to work him out personally. I think you can bank on Merridith if he is still there.
#58=Inglesius WR or Massaquois WR. Both about the same 6' 2" size and speed. A depth measure. A fight for the #4 WR for now with Lewis. Both starting wide outs over 30. Rather see Casey or Kruger as an ILB but this is not the BB minsdset I do not believe. These two are... "Eh!" picks to me.
The only thing that could change this is if Laurenaitus slips this far. It appears that BB is not really seeking an ILB that I can see unless there is a fake out with Maualuga in the first.
#89=Moore SS or Vaughn SS. Both bigger Safeties who have enough speed or even more than both Merriweather and Sanders but can drop into the box. Moore has good hands and was a player maker in 07 when healthy. One should be available.
#97 comp=Pat White QB. If he still sits there. Again, a roster spot move. Third QB but a WR or return guy. If they script 10 or 15 plays for him per game, at the worse case scenario it forces opposing DCs to game plan him and waste time. A smart typical BB move.
#120=Jason X. Williams OLB/SS. 4.46 speed. Maybe he is the pass rush guy that we all see in Barwin, English etc. Much faster than Woods, Crable, Redd, TBC, Rudd et al.
#170 comp=Johnny Knox WR. Returner and Welker slot back up. A blazer but bigger than Wes.
#199=Devon Moore RB. Groom him for the Faulk job and a more precise pick if Donald Brown is not chosen.
#207 comp=Quinn Johnson FB. He would go with Fiametta but he will be gone. He makes the squad but does not get active but for a few games BB has special plans for.
#234=I have no idea. Maybe Tyler Lorenzen from UConn as a camp arm/Safety try out? I would love to see Lonnie Harvey, NT. And they have had a sniff at him. The 346 LB guy moves like a 270-280lb DE. Why not? A true NT back up that can be developed.
These are not my picks or binkies for sure. I would not be happy with these guys. Nothing sexy here but it is BB. A lot depends on availability and surprises if someone drops into their lap or trades. These suppositions are based on visits, discussions, contracts, work outs, future roster holes needed to be firmed up and typical Patriots traits like the ability to play more than one position or character.