Discussion in 'Patriots Draft Talk' started by FreeTedWilliams, Nov 12, 2008.
Great Blue North Draft Report
25 New England *Knowshon Moreno RB Georgia
This kid is great!
He is a stud, but look at the names late in the 1st round in that mock and there are a number of other directions to go that I think lead to a stronger team:
Michael Johnson/DE - He has had a down year so he may slip this far. If he does and the Pats project him to OLB and they believe football is important to him (lots of if's), then he is a freak of nature. He has prototype measurables for a Pats OLB, but need a serious look at the production drop this year.
Duke Robinson/OG - Giant road-grader that is solid in pass protection. Could even project to ORT for a time if Neal can stay healthy/productive.
Brian Cushing/LB - Assuming the roid rumors are false, you can play him all over the place (inside, outside, DE) and he'll be productive. Given the Pats situational formations (4-3, 3-4, 4-2-5, etc.), he has the ability to never come off the field.
Mike Mickens/CB - I think Alphonso Smith fits what the Pats have targeted recently and he should slip due to his size. Mickens has solid ball skills but I think the Pats could find equal quality later with the multiple 2nd/3rd round picks. The Pats D takes on a different look adding a lock-down corner.
Jason Smith/OT - Athletic tackle that fits what the Pats would likely look for in an eventual replacement for Light. He could start at ORT and be an immediate upgrade before making the transition to the left side.
Brandon Spikes/LB - I was much higher on Spikes before this year. He has seemed to be out of position too often this year for my liking. That being said, if he can get back to his past productivity he could be an ideal inside partner for Mayo.
BJ Raji/DT - Wilfork is still unsigned long-term (are you listening Bill & Scott?) so this could be an insurance policy. Raji and Wilfork could be used together in a 4-3 to effectively eliminate any inside running game. Assuming Wilfork re-signs (seriously, Bill? Scott?), this would be a luxury pick but it is interesting to think about the possibilities.
I see all of these picks making a bigger impact than Moreno for the Pats. Not disputing his talent, but the Pats already have (or could readily assemble) a set of RBs that can win with Brady behind center.
I have not gotten to see this kid play yet, but people I respect are very high on him.
However the OT I really like is currently playing center. Oregon is playing Unger at center this season, which only adds to his versatility factor, but I really like him as a tackle and I think he fits the Pats scheme very nicely.
If we came out of the draft with OT Smith, OG Urbik and C/OT Unger, I would not hesitate to let O'Callaghan, Britt and Yates walk or cut where appropriate in the off season.
PS: Instead of Moreno, if we had to take a RB, I would rather have that RB from Pitt, McCoy. If he could catch better and block at all, he would be something special as a rookie in the pros.
I'm right with you on this. I can see 2009 being the year to address the OL (upgrade in spots and plan for future) to really take advantage of the remaining Brady championship years.
Also like your thinking on McCoy. He seems to have the same skill set as Moreno but doesn't get the exposure being in the Big East. Based on team need before the draft, I could definitely see McCoy slip into the 2nd tier of RBs with Ringer, Spiller, etc.
Why draft another RB when we can pick up UDFA rookies who run for over 100 yards
I am not for a RB in the first round, but this particular craft site had us taking one. I don't know why, but it is what it is.
I think Spiller is going to run a 4.19 or 4.20 at the combine and blow people away. They will immediately think of him as the next Chris Johnson and ignore the fact that Spiller is as tough as a wet paper bag, doesn't like contact and loves to run to the sidelines instead of over DBs.
Hopefully the Jets draft him in the first round.
Thank you Ochmed! That last post put a smile on my face!
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