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With the 21st Pick of the 2006 NLF Draft the New England Patriots Select...
All right. Hear me out on this for a minute. I have been pondering the draft for the past three months. The general assumption is the Pats will draft the best available LB (Greenway, Carpenter, Lawson) or RB (Williams, Maroney, White (prior to his hammy)) in round 1. There is also the CB Richard Marshall contingent.
With respect to the LB prospects, there doesn't seem to be a concensus "can't miss" first round pick. Lawson has the measurables, but does he have the skill? Greenway had the production in college but will it translate into the pros? Carpenter has the measurables and skill, but he's been labelled a head case.
With respect to RBs, I just don't see the Pats using a first round pick on this position. Corey Dillion will gain 1,000 yards next season... and you can quote me on that.
Although I like Marshall a lot, I think the Pats may not see him as worthy of the 21st pick.
Without a doubt, the Patriot's greatest area of need is WR. Right now the depth chart includes Branch, Caldwell, Brown and Bethel. Who is left in free agency who could solidify the WR corps? As I see it right now, barring a trade, the Patriots need to draft at least two WRs who have the potential to contribute immediately. I think Moss fits the bill in round 1. Yes he's a smurf, but he's fast, has good hands and runs crisp routes. He's arguably the most likely WR prospect to have an immediate impact in year 1. Adding Hass, Stovall, or Nance in round 2 or 3 could help round out the Pats WR corps.
This would give us a WR depth chart of: Branch, Moss, Caldwell,[Hass, Stovall, Nance], Brown, Bethel (assuming he's on the team)
Under this scenario I can envision a day 1 Pats draft that looks something like:
1. WR Sinorice Moss
2. CB Richard Marshall, WR Maurice Stovall
3a. WR Mike Hass, WR Martin Nance
3b. OLB Mark Anderson, Stanely McClover, Cogong
Ok. Let me have it.
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Here's my problem with Moss: durability. He has no track record of production in college, so we can't judge how he would hold up under a major work load. Considering he is under 5'8'', that is a significant issue. Also, if we're drafting him in the 1st rd, we're taking him to be our #1 receiver. Is he really that? Do you think it's a good idea to have Branch paired up with Moss? Which one will get the tough catches over the middle? The answer is neither. Moss has talent but for another team that already has its possession receiver. An interesting thought but I have to pass...
I have no problems with going WR in round 1, but I don't like Moss, especially at 21. If that was the case, I would rather use the pick you're spending on a second WR to trade up a few slots for Holmes.
Moss isn't the reciever I like. But a good thought. I really, really, really dont like drafting recievers in rds 1 or 2. Either they are busts, or they come with heads the size of Rhode Island. Think about any high draft choices at WR who have made it in the NFL. Do you want that kind of distraction in your locker room, I dont. Besides, these high picks are for the fast tall type, or the burner. like Moss. These recievers dont fit our QB or our system.
I think Moss is the most likely of the first round WRs, but at #21? I dont think he's a first year starter. Remember, Branch was taken in the 2nd, and contributed in his first year in much the same way I would expect from Moss. To me with Moss, we're looking at early 2nd round value, not mid-first.
If you want to trade to #30 and target Moss, I'm okay with that. A bit of a reach, but I agree he will help our team. Just not at 21.
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Last edited by rookBoston; 04-23-2006 at 12:13 AM..
If we want Moss we can trade up from our second round pick and probably get him. I'm not in any mood to reach at #21 especially as there will likely be a good LB there and, quite possibly, Santonio Holmes too in addition to some interesting CB.