04-15-2007, 12:38 PM
In the Starting Line-up
Join Date: Feb 2005
Re: Pats will not draft LB in 1st rd
Originally Posted by DaBruinz
Exhibit A: 2006 Draft
Common Thought: No way the Pats draft a RB in the 1st round.
Did many people really say No way? We had Corey Dillon aging and past his prime. "No way" was "No way" my thinking then!
Reality: Pats drafted Laurence Maroney
Exhibit B: 2005 Draft
Common Thought: BB has never drafted an interior lineman in the 1st round because they are a dime a dozen later on.
Reality: Pats "reached" and got Logan Mankins who is on the verge of being an ALL-PRO LG. So many Patriots have been called near-All-Pros on this forum. Most never even make it to the Pro Bowl. Koppen we hear about, Watson, Neal, Mankins, Hobbs, etc.
Exhibit C: 2004 Draft:
Common Thought: BB won't draft another TE in the 1st round.
Wait a minute. We had one very good TE for the future (Graham) and we like to run some 2-TE sets. Why not get a second one? Sure, hindsight is 20-20, but we need to be more careful with our "Common Thoughts".
Reality: BB drafted Ben Watson.
Every year its another MYTH about what BB will and won't draft in the 1st round. Every year, he breaks another myth. I'm with you here. My point is that these myths are unfounded. Maybe that's your point too.
If the Pats feel that Willis, Harris, Siler, or Beason is the Best VALUE available when their pick comes up, that is who they are going to take. That is how the Patriots DRAFT. By best VALUE.
This, I would offer, IS a myth! Best value my foot. Last year we took Maroney because we were getting desperate for depth and top-end talent at RB. (We still ended up with not enough!) Why was that not a need pick? When we took Wilfork, sure that may have been some of the best value on the board, but that was also a top need at the time!
BB has stated it on numerous occasions. OH, and before you start quoting me draft rankings from other sites, the Pats don't use them. The Pats rank the players by their OWN standards. The Pats are known to have one of the biggest, if not THE BIGGEST, scouting group in the league.
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