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  1. donb

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    If we can continue to draft like this we will be back in the SB

    http://www.gbnreport.com/2005midseasondraftgrades.html

    New England: Sometimes, the best laid plans... As two-time defending Super Bowl champs, the Patriots weren't expecting to have to rely on their 2005 rookie class, at least not this year. Having OG Logan Mankins, the Patriots' #1 pick this past April, start from day one at LG was part of the plan and indeed Mankins played like a veteran pretty much from the git-go. What the Patriots didn't plan on, though, was that OT Nick Kaczur, their 3rd rounder this year, would also end up starting at LT much of the season in place of an injured Matt Light; like Mankins, though, this year's top rookie from Canada, held up surprisingly well. A couple of other rookies were also forced to step up when the Patriots' secondary was decimated by injuries. In particualr, CB Ellis Hobbs, a 2nd round pick this year, was more than solid, registering 42 tackles, as well as picking off 3 passes and breaking up 12 more; for good measure, Hobbs also averaged a respectable 24 yards per return bringing back KOs. At the same time, SS James Sanders, a 4th rounder, also got some emergency playing time, including a start; Sanders chipped in 12 tackles and returned an interception for a TD. Meanwhile, QB Matt Cassel, Matt Leinart's backup at Southern California who the Patriots took in the 7th round, also got some mop-up playing time, where he completed 54% of his pass attempts, including two for TDs. ... First-year grade: A-
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    These are still the early returns ... the results are not yet certified.

    But who can dispute that?
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    2005 was without a doubt a solid draft...and we basicly bailed on it to stock up for this years. 11 picks? I see a lot of trading up and down for targeted players. Can't wait......:rocker:
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    You stockpile picks to use in favorable circumstances. This is a talent filled defensive draft where the Patriots need plalyers. They'll use the picks.
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    It wouldn't surprise me if the Pats got players they wanted with every pick they make, and STILL ended up with extra draft picks in 2007. . . .
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    #75 Jersey

    The Sporting News gave us an "A" for the past 5 drafts.
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    Hobbs was actually a 3rd rounder, not a 2nd. We traded down before selecting him.

    Also, even more impressive, Kaczur was a very late 3rd, being taken as a Compensatory selection... so he was among the last players taken on Day One.

    So, in addition to productivity, value was exceptional.
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    #12 Jersey

    Anytime you have 3 first day picks that start for you during the year, that's a good draft.
    Does anybody know if Kazcur needed surgery for his shoulder????? Someone on another baord wrote that they read that he had his arm in a sling at the S&C program.
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