Welcome to PatsFans.com

2013 Wide Receiver Watch

Discussion in 'Patriots Draft Talk' started by MrNathanDrake, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. Wilfork#75

    Wilfork#75 Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    50
    Ratings:
    +91 / 5 / -1

    #75 Jersey

    He's undoubtedly talented, but he drops a lot of balls, gives up on routes and is a bit of a diva. Like manxman said, there are better options in the 2nd round, this is a pretty deep WR class.
  2. manxman2601

    manxman2601 On the Roster

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Messages:
    8,770
    Likes Received:
    256
    Ratings:
    +573 / 7 / -2

    #24 Jersey

    Matt Waldman looks the WR's at the Senior Bowl. There are two that are standing out by a mile:

    Senior Bowl: Day Two Skill Player Notables | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
  3. EwanSellars

    EwanSellars Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2012
    Messages:
    423
    Likes Received:
    2
    Ratings:
    +3 / 1 / -0

    #15 Jersey

    my top 2 receivers in the draft especially Quinton Patton
  4. ctpatsfan77

    ctpatsfan77 PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2005
    Messages:
    20,834
    Likes Received:
    227
    Ratings:
    +608 / 11 / -6

    I'm starting to get a feel for why BB just doesn't like USC players very much (Cassel notwithstanding). . . .
  5. MrNathanDrake

    MrNathanDrake On the Roster

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Messages:
    2,060
    Likes Received:
    182
    Ratings:
    +462 / 19 / -15

    #95 Jersey

    A little BB Humble Pie could get that sorted out.

    And having a HOF QB screaming at him in practice will knock his Diva attitude down a couple notches.
  6. MrNathanDrake

    MrNathanDrake On the Roster

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2009
    Messages:
    2,060
    Likes Received:
    182
    Ratings:
    +462 / 19 / -15

    #95 Jersey


    Have you seen the Senior Bowl weigh ins ?


    These guys are rarely as big as their billed height and weight.


    Cobi Hamilton only measured in at 6'1, 199lbs.
  7. ay-yo

    ay-yo Rookie

    Joined:
    May 1, 2011
    Messages:
    574
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    Well that's certainly disappointing but not a reason to take him off your draft board.
  8. manxman2601

    manxman2601 On the Roster

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Messages:
    8,770
    Likes Received:
    256
    Ratings:
    +573 / 7 / -2

    #24 Jersey

  9. Wilfork#75

    Wilfork#75 Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    50
    Ratings:
    +91 / 5 / -1

    #75 Jersey

  10. manxman2601

    manxman2601 On the Roster

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Messages:
    8,770
    Likes Received:
    256
    Ratings:
    +573 / 7 / -2

    #24 Jersey

  11. Off The Grid

    Off The Grid On the Roster

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2010
    Messages:
    6,687
    Likes Received:
    129
    Ratings:
    +283 / 5 / -0

    #3 Jersey

    Brady's job is demanding enough without babysitting.

    Pass.
  12. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    13,165
    Likes Received:
    412
    Ratings:
    +1,166 / 2 / -3

    Based on 1 drop? Then I assume you "went off" Welker based on his crucial drops in the last 2 SBs?

    Show me one WR who hasn't had a crucial drop in a big game. Now, admittedly, if he has hands of stone, that's a different issue.
  13. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    13,165
    Likes Received:
    412
    Ratings:
    +1,166 / 2 / -3

    We could probably get Giz at a decent rate. :D
  14. manxman2601

    manxman2601 On the Roster

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Messages:
    8,770
    Likes Received:
    256
    Ratings:
    +573 / 7 / -2

    #24 Jersey

    Aren't you the one saying we should move on from Welker?

    This was probably the biggest catch of his career and he muffed it. Yes that is part of how I evaluate a prospect just like it affected my view of Stephen Hill last year when I saw him drop a deep pass when wide open for a TD.

    But it wasn't based just on that one drop. Here's what his HC had to say about him:

    “First, it has to happen with more consistency in practice. Justin has got to understand that playing receiver is not always clean and easy [and] that there’s a little grit that you have to do to get open. You’re going to have to get hit. Good receivers are going to make those kind of plays no matter what the circumstance. He’s not there yet. We all want to talk about how he’s this first-round pick and the No.1 pick in the draft and he can be that, but he has never performed to that standard in my opinion. And he knows that. So he needs to focus on his development and what does he do well, what are some things that we have got to keep building on, and how do we get there. He’s got great character, it’s important to him, and he’s got a lot of special qualities as a wide out. But being able to go produce out there week after week is what matters.”

    WR Justin Hunter: Unvarnished Moss | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio

    It's hard enough for a drafted WR to succeed in our offense as it is. A possibly unmotivated entitled WR has no chance. Hunter has everything tangible you want from a WR but for the Patriots, the intangibles are just as important.

    Also, Hunter had four 100 yard games this year. They were against Georgia State, Akron, Troy and Missouri. He's got the size and athleticism to pile on against smaller teams but when facing good NFL-like defenses:5 catches against Florida, 3 v Georgia, 2 v Miss. State, 4 v Alabama. Hardly a dominating performance.


    So the answer is no, I'm not judging him on one catch. Let's call it confirming some already present doubts.
  15. Wilfork#75

    Wilfork#75 Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    50
    Ratings:
    +91 / 5 / -1

    #75 Jersey

    I don't think there is any doubt that Hunter has his issues and areas that need to be worked on. But if he didn't have those he would a top 5 pick because he is probably the most athletically gifted WR since Calvin Johnson. He has certainly had a few drops which needs to be worked on, most of which are concentration issues not talent because he actually has fantastic ball skills. He also needs to toughen up a bit and get more physical, and I think that will come with more size that he adds to his frame as well as gaining more confidence in his knee after missing most 2011 through injury. He is by no means a sure thing (nobody is), but his upside is enormous.

    The thing that would make me comfortable taking a chance on him in the 2nd round is this part.

    He is still very young and relatively inexperienced after missing so much time with that knee injury. And they say you don't get back to 100% for 12-18 months after major knee surgery, so there is still so much room for improvement. I also think moving from a Tennessee team that has had its issues over the past few seasons into a pro environment, greater focus on football and more overall professionalism will do him the world of good. I am a Justin Hunter fan, but I can see his flaws. But those flaws are the only reason we even have a shot at him, and I think they can be corrected.
  16. mayoclinic

    mayoclinic PatsFans.com Supporter PatsFans.com Supporter

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    13,165
    Likes Received:
    412
    Ratings:
    +1,166 / 2 / -3

    And that's a good answer. If Hunter is an "unmotivated entitled WR" I don't want him. Certainly something that needs to be closely looked into. I'm still very intrigued, but I think the issue you bring up is an important one.


    Again. the talent is intriguing, the issues are concerning. This kid will have to be evaluated very carefully.
  17. manxman2601

    manxman2601 On the Roster

    Joined:
    Mar 21, 2011
    Messages:
    8,770
    Likes Received:
    256
    Ratings:
    +573 / 7 / -2

    #24 Jersey


    I do see what you and Mayo see in him, I really do. But this last part that I bolded is the crux for me.

    I've alluded to it before. Is it better to take a player who is falling for reasons other than injury or better take a prospect who appears to be on the rise? It's a philosophical approach to the draft. Taking a falling player like Hunter is certainly a way to get value. I agree with you, a perfect Justin Hunter is a top 5 guy. But if all those teams are passing on him because of his flaws, why do we think he'd be good for the Pats? The flaws will still be there. We're either putting a lot of faith in our locker room and coaching or we're putting a lot of faith in luck. On the other hand, a player on the rise is doing so because of discovered positives. Perhaps a more detailed analysis of game tape shows how good he really is, he demonstrates plus athletic prowess, a small schooler performs well when elevated to a higher level in a Bowl game. Sometimes, this can let you do (combine stars for example), but generally the player is rising for positive reasons.

    It's a philosophical issue and both arguments have merits. The risky value approach of drafting a faller or taking the player who has exceeded your earlier expectations. Personally I think the latter approach is more likely to find the more productive player. For example, I'm glad we drafted 'riser' Chandler Jones rather than 'faller' Courtney Upshaw.
  18. Wilfork#75

    Wilfork#75 Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Messages:
    1,840
    Likes Received:
    50
    Ratings:
    +91 / 5 / -1

    #75 Jersey

    I don't think its putting faith in the locker room or even that much into coaching, I think its just the fact that he is a 21 year old kid, who hasn't played a whole lot of football in the past few years because of injury and he is only scratching the surface of what he is capable of. He is a year behind where he should be development wise because of the injury, and I think a lot of the things mentioned by his HC are a product of being a young kid that hasn't learnt the right way to do things yet. And I think a lot of that could be because of all the turmoil surrounding the Tennessee program over the past few years. To me he simply isn't polished yet, but I don't think its a great stretch to think that over the next few seasons he will step up into that top quality WR. He could have used another year at Tennessee to polish areas of his game, but I don't think he is quite as raw as that article pointed out (to say he is more raw that Stephen Hill was is just ridiculous to me).

    I also don't read into Dooley's comments quite as much as you do. I don't see where he is entitled or unmotivated, I think its simply his HC being honest that he isn't living up to the high expectations (and the expectations for Hunter were huge). I don't think Hunter's flaws have anything to do with talent or character, he is simply just raw and still in the early stages of development. I am normally not one for the athlete over the football player, especially at WR (I wasn't a fan of Hill at all last year), but I have seen what Hunter is capable of and believe he is special.
  19. Avenger

    Avenger Rookie

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2012
    Messages:
    1,462
    Likes Received:
    25
    Ratings:
    +82 / 4 / -1

    #11 Jersey

    Markus Wheaton in the second and Luke Tasker in the seventh
  20. Merril Hoge's Tie Knot

    Merril Hoge's Tie Knot Rookie

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2011
    Messages:
    1,025
    Likes Received:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0 / 0 / -0

    I love Tasker! I think Wheaton might to too light to be ideal. Patton is my number 1 WR right now.

Share This Page

unset ($sidebar_block_show); ?>