Originally Posted by Coach42
Totally agree, kinda. Other than Warren and Seymour who have they drafted or acquired over 6'4" on the DL? No one on the DL roster is currently over 6'4" except for Ty Warren. The point I'm trying to make is that if the guy can play at 6'3" I don't think the Pats are going to get too caught up in his height.
Well, if you're talking about guys BB has drafted in the first two rounds, besides Warren and Seymour, there's only been the late Marquise Hill. All the rest of the guys BB has acquired as DL who are shorter have been from the other end of the draft or even UDFAs, or aging vets cut from their last gigs. IOW, not any huge investment. The fact that the current DL roster doesn't have anyone 6'5"+/300lbs may be less a matter of choice and more a matter of lack of supply - at least of highly talented guy in that size range.
Also, looking back at the 2008-09-10 drafts, there have been maybe a total of 5-6 guys (1-2 per class) at +/- 6'5" and around 300 lbs who anyone has thought highly enough to draft in the first two rounds and, IIRC, a couple of those were taken way before BB's first pick (mathematically impossible trade-up). In this
draft, though, at #17, there may be 3-4 guys within those height/weight parameters still available who are widely regarded as 1st-2nd round talent.
All I'm really saying is IF (for instance) Watt, Heyward, Wilkerson, Jordan and Liuget are all still available at #17, but appear likely to be gone, by #28, Liuget might
be at the bottom of that list for BB, because the others have some edge over him in length. No slam on Liuget who may well be a fine player.