12-31-2007, 02:36 AM
Second Team and Threatening Starter's Job
Join Date: Sep 2004
Re: Pick2 #6-8 - Last 4 years
Widely reported that Belichick really admired Dante Hall coming out that year... and Hall has proven to be a great pro.
The rest of the list... all household names, for better or worse. But is this cohort of talent that much better than the players taken a dozen picks later?
(18) Cinci - CB Leon Hall
(19) Tenn - S Micheal Griffin
(20) Giants - GB Aaron Ross
(18) Dallas - LB Bobby Carpenter
(19) Chargers - CB Antonio Cromartie
(20) KC - DE Tamba Hali
(18) Vikes - DE Erasmus James
(19) Rams - OT Alex Barron
(20) Dallas - DE Marcus Spears
(18) Saints - DE/LB Will Smith
(19) Fins - OT Vernon Carey
(20) Vikes - DE Kenechi Udeze
Hall, Griffin, Ross, Carpenter, Hali, James, Spears, Smith would all look good in a Pats uni. Will Smith is a guy that BB reportedly tried to trade up for, and has become a star for the NO D. Ross looked outstanding in Game 16 for a rookie.
I kinda think this group is as compelling as the boom or bust group at #6-8.
"We want to build a big, strong, tough, smart, fast, disciplined football team that will consistently compete for a championship."
-- Scott Pioli, from the Patriots scouting manual