Originally Posted by meggett
your right. but you cant draft 11 guys every year. at some point you need to aquire star players. game changers. which history has shown you have the best chance for that in the first round. our best second round pick over the last couple of years was wes welker....ironically we traded that one away too.
The Pats traded down not once, but twice - and still got McCourty. Second round picks from just the last two years include Vollmer, Chung, Gronkowski, Cunningham, Spikes, Brace and Butler. The NFL is the ultimate team sport.
With all due respect I disagree with the 'need game changers' philosophy. How has that worked for teams like the Redskins or Raiders this past decade?
We're not talking about drafting a guy that will be the 48th best player on the roster by moving down a few slots into the second round. Each of these players (with one or two exceptions) have been major contributors to teams that have won 25 games the last two years.
Think about what 'game changers' the Pats have gone after. The only ones I can think of off the top of my head are Corey Dillon and Randy Moss. Now think about what they gave up for them. What was it, a 2nd round pick and a 4th round pick? Hmm ... no first round picks being conjectured as worthy of either of these two.
Who should the Pats should have traded up for? What should they have traded to go get that player? Why would he have been better than waiting?
I'm not against trading up - it has worked before - just curious why it would have been better.