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Duron Harmon, first draft pick signed

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    Well, looks like he's here to stay. ;)
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    Phew. I was worried that he was going to hold out.
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    Good to see the team reached into their pockets and paid him.

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    I'd be the first one to sign too if I didn't think I was getting drafted ;)
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    Much of the discussion about Harmon has been around if the Pats reached too high for him, could they have picked him up later or after the draft, etc.

    That got me thinking a little bit (a rarity) -- what does picking a player higher than predicted mean to the player? It's got to send a message of confidence, i.e. "we're committed to you for the long term", "breathe and focus on the big picture and not the day-to-day".

    Just throwing this out there, but maybe the rap on Harmon was that he's a smart and heady player, but loses focus when looking over his shoulder on the depth chart. People say that painful QB competition at Michigan made Brady the fighter he is; that may not be the case for others.

    Maybe Harmon has the kind of value system where if you make a big leap of faith on his behalf, he's the kind of guy who will throw himself on a hand grenade for you later. A Bruschi-esque lifer for the Pats. Maybe he takes a "hometown" discount for the Pats down the road knowing that no one else would have given him such a strong start.

    In fairness, it's the NFL -- everybody is at risk of losing their job anytime, and everybody has to wear their big-boy pants and not get coddled. That said, I wonder if there is a psychological element behind the Patriots draft board, where they are actually trying to match the pick to the player's appreciation/personality?

    "Wasting" a 3rd round pick on a guy who appreciates it for life may be more valuable to the team over the long term, than grabbing him "efficiently" as a free agent.
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    If they draft me, I'll be the most loyal 48 year old player ever in the history of the New England Patriots. I promise.
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    Bro do you even lift? Fite me irl fgt.
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    This presumes he isn't a dumpster fire of an NFL player, which would be rare for a defensive back drafted by the Patriots in recent years.
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    It is May. All our draftees are expected to be starters.

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    A picked signed is a pick signed. This is good news.
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    Let's hope he pulls a 'Ridley' on the fanbase. Then they'll be all like - yeah, I knew he had what it takes from the beginning! can u say champ-een-shup play-ah!!? *fist bump*
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    What is pulling a Ridley? :confused:
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    He's the very last guy who should or, I guess, would. :)
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    Ridley was an often-criticized third round pick that has worked out pretty darn well.
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    You must have very long arms from all that reaching. I particularly loved this gem...."they are actually trying to match the pick to the player's appreciation/personality? "
    I can hear BB now..."Skill be damned, get me Rudy."
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    Well, for starters, it's much better than pulling a Vereen.. ;)
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    I pulled a Hoomanawanui last night and got caught by the wife. Very embarrassing. :bricks:
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    To this day, I'm not sure why people criticized the Ridley pick. IMO, I thought the Vereen pick was worse.
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    As Steve Miller said...

    Take the money and run..
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