05-03-2007, 09:38 AM
Join Date: Sep 2004
The most accurate Pats pre-draft forecast
Pats draft leave you bamboozled? Threatening to never mock again? Hold on...maybe you predicted better than you realize. Maybe, back before the draft-day itch for exciting players got ahold of you, you actually had this draft--and this team--pegged.
I just stumbled across a thread from March, entitled "How good is this draft class?":
Here is the narrative arc, in quotes:
Personally, I consider this year's draft pretty darned poor. Safety and OG are the notable bright spots
It's very mediocre
I don't agree. This is probably an average to slightly above average draft class.
it's a very talented draft if you're not the Patriots
Maybe that's the fairest assessment. As I try to project the Patriots' picks I keep looking at spots and thinking "I want nobody here." But that doesn't necessarily reflect the total quality of the talent pool.
If this really is a class that is worse for the Patriots than other teams, then the roll-picks-forward strategy starts to look very appealing. That said, it's deep at safety and the Patriots have a clear need at safety.
(...discussion veers off)
And there you have it: a first day of safety, nothing and nobody, followed by a second day full of OLs. We knew that was the real value proposition...and BB/SP had the self-discipline to stick with it.