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Obviously, I ~ and all others ~ are but shadows, contrasted to the brilliant Light of Deroer's Wisdom and Insight, but JUST for the Record, I DID advocate FOR Jake Bequette:
Jake Bequette ~ 6.5/275 ~ 3rd-4th ~ 2nd-3rd
Starter!! Jake Bequette commands a very intriguing fusion of skills, Savvy, and a Scrapper mentality.
First off, he commands impressive Core Strength, and is a force both in the Attack in the Pass Game, and in Defense in the Run Game.
Second, his intangibles are 4.0, as he gets universally outstanding grades for his Work Ethic and Savvy.
Third, he is highly productive.
Now, all of the above combined, while admirable, often tragically deliver the Prospect in question to the scrap heap, or, in the case of a Scrapper like Bequette, to the bottom of the roster, if his Fluidity is lacking!!
And on Tape, his Fluidity is lacking.
Yet, at the Combine, he finished at the very top ~ tied with Vinny Curry ~ on the 3 Cone ~ which is a pretty damned good gauge of Raw Fluidity ~ with a 690.
And it doesn't hurt that he annihilated the Field on the Short Shuttle ~ a great gauge of Lateral Agility ~ with a stunning407!!
Clearly, Bequette is a raw Prospect who needs a lot of coaching, but if I'm placing a bet ~ and every single Pick is a Gamble!! ~ then I'm placing it the guy with Power, Strength, Production, Savvy, Raw Athletic Talent, and outstanding Work Ethic!!
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It All Starts In The Trenches.
Run The Damned Ball.
Use The Whole Pig.
Develop & Deploy a Tenacious D!!
Drive the Enemy before you...and savor the Lamentations of their Women!!
Count the Rings.
Rinse & Repeat.
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I was like, ‘Dang! Um, Mr. Brady, can we line up?’ He didn’t care. He was like, ‘You’re not going to line up.’ When we turned around one time I checked back around and my hand was going to the grass and they were like, ‘Hut!’ And I said, ‘Noooooooooooo!’
I like this pick. Classic Belichick pick. Seems like a good kid with a strong motor.
We should have some good competition at the OLB/DE hybrid spot.
It's priceless that after years of fans begging to someone to rush the passer, Bill goes out and spends three of his picks on guys that can do that in one draft.
So like the TE in 2010 and RB in 2011, 2012 is the year of Bill's OLB/DE.
For years the cupboard was bare at OLB when it came time for the Patriots to draft. The college OLBs were runts and the few who fit were gone by pick 10.
But this year there were big, fast, OLBs galore, that fell into draft range. So BB splurged, and stocked up with three of them, even moving up slightly, to insure he got the picks of the litter.
Too bad there were not lots of star FS types in the draft, so he had had to look near and far, for a Jimmy Sanders type, but tougher, bigger, faster, more athletic, and more disciplined, and just as smart a guy. Someone to give vet import Gregory, and convert-project Edelman, some competition at Facing FS.
Arrington just inherited some good competition too, at slot corner back, in the form of the Fonz, who mihgt have gone elsewhere as a near First Rounder, if he hadn't slugged a cop, in a bar fight.
Havent read through the whole thread, but jake was a good leader on defense for us...and he is a really smart player. He was going to law school if the NFL didnt come calling lol. He's a hard worker and will give great effort on every play