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Tony Pauline has his top 50 draft board as of mid-season. My favourite prospect is No 11 overall:
11) Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina -- Cooper has been a force on the Tar Heel offensive line since his freshman campaign. He's extremely athletic and rates as one of the best zone blockers the draft has witnessed in almost a half dozen years.
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Nice list of defensive prospects within range of the Pats:
21. Alec Ogletree
24. Jesse Williams
25. Sheldon Richardson
27. Tank Carradine
30. Louis Nix
33. Kawann Short
35. Dion Jordan
37. Shariff Floyd
41. Ziggy Ansah
Love to figure out a way to get 2 of those guys somehow. Louis Nix + Ansah, for example. Yum.
No Matt Elam. And Pauline still loves TJ McDonald. Hmm.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts. "OVER Loading at ANY position can create a Fatal Advantage. THAT is what interests ME. Attacking With Concentrated Force. THAT is what WINS. In the words ~ more or less ~ of General Patton: 'I'm fighting a WAR, here. Let the B*****ES worry about their FLANKS.' " - Off the Grid
"The key to any successful organization is to anticipate things, not react to them." - Michael Lombardi
"The truth is, no team is ever just a few players away from a championship. Each season starts anew." - Tania Ganguly, ESPN.com
"Whatever the plan is, that's the plan." - Aqib Talib
Cap room available: $31,276,000 (120.9 base + 9.376 carry over)
Wes Welker: 3 years 30m, 24m guaranteed (8, 8, 8 base)
Sebastian Vollmer: 4 years 25m, 15m guaranteed (3, 5, 7 base)
Donald Thomas: 2 years, 2.5m, 1.2m guaranteed (vet minimum)
Julian Edelman: 4 years, 5m, 4m guaranteed (1, 1, 1, 1 base)
Aqib Talib: 4 years, 25m, 20m guaranteed (3, 5, 5, 7 base)
Dwight Freeney 2 years, 7m, fully guaranteed (2m, 5m)
Kerry Rhodes 4 years, 30m, 20m guaranteed (3m, 5m, 7m, 5m)
= $20.6m base (less bonuses + draft picks on the remaining 10.86m)
All picks are using the CBS draft rankings and players are picked from within 5 spots of where the draft pick is (i.e. pick 50 will be in a range from 45-55)
32 & 64 to Cincinnati for 40, 50 & 82
40 to San Fran for 67, 86 and 104
50. Cornellius Carradine - DE - FSU - 6'4" - 265lbs Previous picks:
v2. Matt Elam - S - Florida - 5'10" - 202LBS
v1. Cornellius Carradine - DE - Florida State - 6'4" - 265lbs
I somewhat disagree with this premise. The New England Patriots defense is better thru the first eight games of this season without veterans Shaun Ellis, Gerard Warren, Albert Haynesworth, Andre Carter, Mark Anderson, Leigh Bodden. If the master plan is to rebuild the defense, then rebuild the defense via the NFL Draft. With regard to the New England Patriots defensive secondary, the issue is talent not necessarily experience.
With only five picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots need to prioritize their selections in relation to the team's weaknesses. If the New England Patriots are able to re-sign right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and wide receiver Wes Welker, the need to select a wide receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft is greatly reduced, especially since the New England Patriots traded a future late round draft pick for wide receiver Greg Salas.
WR1: Wes Welker
WR2: Brandon Lloyd
WR3: Unrestricted Free Agency
WR4: Greg Salas
WR5: Matt Slater (wide receiver in name only)
Edelman? He was pretty productive till he got hurt, was a full participant at practice this week for the first time since the Ravens game.
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So there you have it, grade away. You'll have probably noted that it is almost entirely an offensive draft and I think that's the way we should go. We have an excellent front seven that doesn't need much attention* and if Talib re-signs a hopefully improved secondary. However, there is some offensive uncertainties to deal with in the long-term. We are transitioning to the run game, we may end the season with only one legitimate WR in Brandon Lloyd and I do think that the post Brady years are already being planned and rehearsed for.
Stedman Bailey is rated 114th overall by NFLDraftScout and would provide better value as a third round selection.
In the last two and only two games with the Miami Dolphins this season, Jabar Gaffney has produced 3 pass receptions for 57 pass receiving yards. Jabar Gaffney would be a viable backup to Brandon Lloyd.
When I 'scout' a player, one thing that's important to how I personally value them is character. Intelligence, modesty, leadership etc are all more important to me and I will raise them up my board because of it.
To that end, here's a Markus Wheaton interview following a game in which he caught three passes from Cody Vaz, a first time stater for Oregon State. Count how many times he bigs up his own performance (clue - you won't need many fingers).