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Seems pretty fair to me from what I've seen. I wouldn't mind drafting Fauria in the 3rd/4th round as a TE/WR hybrid. He might have more upside than any WR available in that range. But he's still raw, and I wonder why he's so raw at this stage of his development.
If we were going the TE route, I'd far rather Jordan Reed from Florida (although that would probably require a 2nd rounder).
He has a bit of Aaron Hernandez to him (check the play @ 1:13) and with Welker likely gone, Hernandez can effectively play the Welker role with Reed taking Hernandez's spot. It's probably too rich to take another TE that high but considering how important the position is to our offense, I'd rather not go with someone who may or may not work out.
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And speaking of Florida players, as a recommendation for a safety (possible Chung replacement should it be necessary), how about Matt Elam? He's aggressive, makes plays in the backfield and even lines up over the slot corner for coverage purposes.
I like him a fair bit, the only thing I don't like is that he sometimes doesn't make the tackle.
I was focused a fair bit last year on that backup/coverage LB role and as we didn't go there last year, I'm looking again this year as I'm not convinced by our current backups (Rivera/Tarpinian).
So here's two for you, both from the same team, Iowa State, which is handy if you have the opportunity to watch them play.
Of the two, this is my marginal favourite:
Jake Knott, LB, 6'3, 239lbs, Snr
At 6'3", I like his height in going up against TE's and he's also fast enough to run with RB's downfield (runs in the 4.5 - 4.6 range). He looks good and smooth in coverage but also tackles well and moves through traffic nicely.
Here's Tom Melton:
Jake Knott, WLB- Knott emerged as a starter as a sophomore the same year Klein has and they have been wreaking havoc on defenses ever since. Knott is listed at 6í3Ē, 239 pounds and plays weak-side next to Klein and barely lost out on the lead for tackles last season as he totaled 115, 4 TFL, 3 pass break-ups, 2 interceptions and four forced fumbles on the year. Like Klein, Knott is a terrific tackler, plays fast, reads and reacts well and simply doesnít bite on something that isnít there or flow away from the play. Itís one of the reasons he and Klein have been such fantastic linebackers for the last two years, they are always around the ball thanks to their football IQís and instincts. Much like Klein, I would take a linebacker like Knott on my team any day. He isnít an elite athlete, but he plays fast, smart and is fundamentally sound versus the run and the pass. I think he and Klein will both be NFL starters sooner rather than later, coaches will love how assignment-sound they are.
The other prospect is his partner:
AJ Klein, LB, 6-1, 244, Snr
He's not quite as fast or smooth in coverage but plays well dropping in zone and is a slightly better than Knott around the LOS. As Tom Melton points out, neither are the type of elite players that warrant an early pick but both have that work hard, good fundamentals attitude that will get them on a roster as backups, situational and special teams guys. Don't know if either are captains but it wouldn't surprise me. Here's Tom Melton on Klein:
AJ Klein, MLB- Klein is one player that every college football fan should be aware of. Itís impossible not to enjoy watching this kid play thanks to his intensity and fearlessness on the field. Heís a great tackler, much like his teammate Jake Knott, and his fantastic instincts and football smarts help compensate for his lack of elite athleticism. Klein is listed at 6í2Ē, 244 pounds and he is one of the leaders of the defense along with Knott, and produced 116 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2 sacks, 6 pass break-ups and 1 interception last year. He had an interception in the Iowa State Spring Game that he returned for a touchdown (he has a knack for doing that, he already has 3 pick-6ís in his Iowa State career, a school record), and even though he wonít be able to run with a slot receiver down the seam he is a pretty savvy pass defender. I donít know if he will be a MLB or a WLB in the NFL or not, but I would take Klein on my team any day. Heís going to be a great special teamer from day one, heís a great tackler which is becoming more and more difficult to find these days, and he plays smart and fast. Sign me up for a linebacker like that every time, even if he doesnít run a 4.5 flat. Klien and Knott may not be drafted in the first 2 or maybe even 3 rounds depending on how this year goes, but that has a lot to do with lacking elite athleticism and also questionable upside. What I mean by that is this: You know exactly what youíre getting with those two. I think thatís a positive for them, but some will wonder how much better they can get and knock them. The obsession with potential will lead to them being overlooked by some teams, but a couple smart teams will snatch them up and have reliable starters for the next 10 years.
Overview: Klein was his usual self, making plays in coverage as well as against the run. He doesnít have quite the athleticism as Knott, but he makes up for it with his technique and instincts.
Overview: Knott continued to show his above-average athleticism and instincts, especially in the game-clinching interception. Iíve watched Knott a lot over the last few years and I come away more impressed each time I watch him. I wouldnít be surprised to see Knott picked on day two of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Whilst we are more than sorted with our three LB starters, depending on Dane Fletcher, there's not a lot of depth behind. If you get a chance to watch the Cyclones this year, you'd find it well worth your while focusing on the LB pair - both look like good Pats late round picks. CBS have them as 5th to 6th rounders for now.
That's from a thread pre-Solder about the need for a LT and ?I particularly noticed a post by Patchick who is about as switched on as any in this forum:
I suspect Nate Solder from Colorado will keep climbing as the draft approaches. He certainly seems like a Patriots type, halfway between Vollmer and Maneri. Super tall, super athletic, top student-athlete and only in his 2nd season on the line after moving from tight end.
Tanner Hawkinson is a great athlete and possesses an outstanding work ethic. He came to Kansas as a tight end, was then moved to defensive line, and finally offensive tackle where he has excelled. He redshirted his first year, but in his second season he earned the starting job at left tackle and started every game. As a redshirt sophomore he started all of Kansasís games at left tackle again, and again as a junior. His starting experience, size, and athleticism, makes him an attractive project for a team at tackle, or even possibly as a tight end.
Hawkinson looks to be a late second or a third round pick. The team that selects him gets an athletic and hard working project. He has great size, and looks to have a frame that could pack on some muscle. He is not expected to make an immediate impact, but could make a spot start his rookie year, and develop into a starter as he progresses.
He's a team captain, is coached by Charlie Weiss so we should get a good inside track on suitability and he sports what every Patriot lineman needs to succeed: a rockin' beard:
At 6'5" and 300lbs I wonder whether he'd be a good OG candidate or just a coachable OT of the future.
Would be an excellent LB/S hybrid which I believe will be needed in 2-3 years as more teams play follow the leader and go two TE's.
The sad thing is that defensive front seven players for Georgia for the most part, do not seen to develop into playmakers under the Richt coaching regime. And he has recruited some prime grade A talent, just not really develped it.
The Safeties for Georgia and Alabama bear watching:
1.) Rambo, depending on how he runs is an intriguing prospect and someone I would expect the Pats to be watching closely this season.
2.) Lester has looked much more physical this season than last and he has good ball skills.
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Re: The 2013 Prospect Thread
I'm trying to build a Draft board at the minute (which as always is incredibly hard at this time of year as the rankings are so fluid), but right now in terms of O-line, I have Barrett Jones very high.
Jason Verrett - Draft him.
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