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Mgteich, are you sure you're thinking of Hudson? He's only 299 lbs. My problem with the pick is that I think he's a C in the NFL, not a guard -- and definitely not a LG.
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To be fair, Rook, the problem isn't mostly "combine numbers." Beal looked so very bad in the Senior Bowl (including practices) and Combine skill drills that there's legitimate worry that he's just not up to the next level of competition.
I didn't see the Senior Bowl. Was his team playing a 3-4? What did they ask him to do, and is it what we'd ask him to do? Because drills are not the same as football.
Hey, I'm not a pro scout, but then I don't think any of us are. I was with the majority, in love with Vernon Ghoulston and very very worried when the Jets traded up for him. He looked pretty great at the Combine.
"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
Hey, it's more than working off 40 times and 3 cone drill.
Quite true, but then you may be at peace, I cast him off my draft prospect island last Fall after watching a couple games. He would not upgrade the least of NE's current OLBs, at best he would be a two down SILB candidate for NE as he will engage blockers to clog running lanes and he's a decent tackler (when he can get to the runner).
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17. Tyron Smith OT USCMatt Lights future with the Patriots is unsure, but we will need to protect Brady. We take the best available OT on the board.
28. Muhammed Wilkerson DE34 TempleCan stop the run, he is a decent pass rusher, he can learn a lot from Ty Warren. This is the Patriots biggest need and he is a perfect player/fit for the Patriots.
33. Brooks Reed OLB34 ArizonaOne of the best pass rushers in the draft and is one of my binkies. He needs to work on dropping back into coverage, but he is an all around LB. Also, there was also another DE/OLB that came out of Arizona. Need I say more?
60. Brandon Fusco OC Slippery RockWith the Retirement of Stephen Neal, the Patriots need a OC that will protect Brady. Brandon will get the job done.
74. Rodney Hudson OG Florida StateMankins future with the Patriots is unclear, but regardless we need more depth on the oline. I would rather take Danny Watkins but he was already taken.
92. DeMarco Murray RB OklahomaHe wouldnt be a feature back. I see the Lawfirm as our feature back. He will compliment the Lawfirm very nicely. Fred Taylor is as good as gone and not sure about Morris, but we need to get younger at this position. Lawfirm/Woodhead/Murray, I would take that!
Hudson and Smith are the same problem we have with Koppen and to a lesser extent, Light. Nice ahtletes but way too "high cut" for the Pats or too light to compete with biiger D lineman. Use 310-315 as your starting point. Think Volmer as your model for OT.
I apologize to the poster because I cannot recall who it was but they made an excellent point. Any Tackle we take in round one or two is destined to be a RT. You do not waste a top round pick on an NFL RT. Your future LT is already here in Volmer. Some say Sherrod but he is a finesse OT.How many Cousins would vote for a finesse OT?
I agree with some other posters, Fusco is not a bad pick but he will last till round 4 or lower.
Murray is a sleeper plus he had 71 catches last year. Good choice.
Reed is already shown in the combine he has the tools to play OLB. It is attitude he brings.
I think Wilkerson is a good pick but would rather see him in round two.
I could see Watt at #17 and Wilkerson at #28. #33 for Watkins and #60 for Reed. Now lets hit the O Line again with Moffitt who is a huge C and can play Guard at #74 and then ALL SEC OT James Carpenter who can be a RT although he played 27 games for Bama at LT at pick #92 and the Tide aren't too bad. Murray might last until the fourth.
I think Watkins is the perfect piece the Pats need. The most ready Guard to play in the NFL and was an OT at Baylor. He could play RT in a pinch.