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  1. mcgraw_wv

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    After watching some Combine coverage and contemplating what BB will do in the draft, I keep coming back to Defensive Linemen. I know there is a need for WR, and RB.

    But knowing a bit about how BB thinks, I believe it will be a DL.

    I came to this conclusion by thinking about the longevity of positions and their value in the draft.

    Most recently, everyone thought the Texans were nuts for picking Mario Willians ( I think ) over Reggie Bush. When I compare the career length of a DLinemen, versus a RB, the pick is a no brainer.

    When trying to construct a NFL team, I want to focus my high draft picks on positions that have the most longevity if they work out. Why waste a high number 1 draft pick on a RB that will probably only be a stud for 4 years?

    On the other side of that coin, you can spend the same amount of money and draft position to select a DLinemen, Tight End, WR, or QB which will more than likely have a 10 year career as a highly productive player on the team.

    When I consider the true value of a player and position, it makes no sense to draft a RB, Safety, or Conerback high in the Draft. The amount of years a Safety is productive is typically short, RB's lose their step, as well as Corners lose their speed as well.

    Whereas, you can draft a monster DLineman, and for the next 6-8 years, have a solid player that can make Safeties, and Corners better.

    When I think about this, and knowing BB mastery of the game, I see why he drafts TE's so much, and Defensive Linemen, those 2 positions, other than QB, seem to have the longest careers, and they are the smartest investment when talking about investing top money in a first round pick.

    Now, after Wilfork is signed, we need someone to pair with him which will equally create pressure and double teams... I want to see a stud Dlineman drafted with our first round pick, to help create pressure and stop the run.
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    Your point is kind of moot with regard to tight ends because both Graham and Watson appear to be gone in about 5 years each. You're not factoring free agency into the equation.

    Additionally you're leaving OL out of the equation. OL tend to have long careers if they are elite players.

    I do agree however that a DL would make the most sense in the first round of this year's draft, in particular a 300 lb+ Defensive End.
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    Our TE's that we drafted haven't stuck with the team, but if they were good, they would have and they would have had 10 year careers.

    Look around the league at the productive TE's and just about everyone of them has been around for the past 8+ years.

    O-Lineman as well fit that description, but I don't think we need one, so I didn't care to mention them.
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    #12 Jersey

    So right now we have 3 healthy WR's and 0 TE's on the roster. Is this really a passing offense?
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    Ochmed - just a couple of points.

    The Pats actually have 10 WRs on the roster. However, 2 of those really should be listed as special teams only players in Aiken and Slater. Moss, Patten, and Edelman are the 3 "healthy" ones you are referring to. Welker, Tate and Jenkins were all injured. And there is no telling the shape that Barnes and White are in, though I am guessing they will be in pretty good shape.

    As for the TEs, we have 2 guys who aren't proven. Agnone, who is coming off an injury, but is supposedly an excellent receiver and decent blocker and Myers who is more of an H-back.
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    I agree and if my life depended on guessing our 1st pick, Odrick would be it. We'll get a receiver or TE/pass-rusher/RB in second round.
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    Was talking about this elsewhere yesterday, strangely enough.

    If you look at our Draft history under BB, it's normally the biggest need in the first round, then players of need after that, and value later. Rarely does he truly do value in the first round or early on.

    Our biggest need is DE/OLB. I believe we will go with that in the first round, and maybe Draft a second later on. Especially seeing as Caserio (ergo BB) thinks it's one of the deepest groups this year.

    After that, WR is probably the biggest need, and I think we'll take WR with the #44 pick.
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    Let me amend my earlier statement, not counting the PS, Dregs (positionless players), JAGS and washed up out of football retreads, we only have 3 HEALTHY WR and 0 TE's are the roster.
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    I think you start to go off-course when you talk about value and need as being two separate attributes.

    I think BB always goes for best value in every pick. However, I believe that in the equation for VALUE, there is a variable called NEED buried in the algorithm. So to grossly oversimplify, a possible calculation would be:

    VALUE = .50 talent + .15 upside after NFL coaching + .20 need in next 2 years + .15 character

    That way, BB takes the best available value, which necessarily is slanted towards areas of need.

    As Jimmie Walker used to say, That's the way I see it!
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    if the draft went like this i would have to smoke a cigarette for my post draft euphoria.
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    My 7-round mock draft

    Just dropping by to post my completed 7-round mock draft. Why should you pay any attention to it? No reason other than me being a hardcore fan that spent many hours (yes, I'm single) putting it together. In the end, all mocks are hypothetical simulations of course, so I don't claim for it to be anything more than that. I included AdamJT13's famous compensatory pick projections as well. The mock draft takes into account a balance of 'best player available,' team needs, rolling draft grades from various pundits, my own opinion, as well as what we know about the tendencies of those making the war room decisions for each respective franchise.

    Patriots picks

    22. OLB Brandon Graham, Michigan
    44. DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern
    47. TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
    53. WR Brandon LaFell, LSU
    119.G Brandon Carter, Texas Tech
    157.ILB Pat Angerer, Iowa
    186.WR Antonio Brown, Central Michigan
    225.RB Andre Anderson, Tulane
    235.(proj. comp. pick) OT Casey Knips, South Dakota State
    245.(proj. comp. pick) OLB Dexter Davis, Arizona State
    246.(proj. comp. pick) C Erik Cook, New Mexico
    248.(proj. comp. pick) OT Tony Washington, Abilene Christian

    Full draft

    ROUND 1

    1. Rams - QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
    2. Lions - DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
    3. Buccaneers - DT Gerald McCoy, Texas
    4. Redskins - OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
    5. Chiefs - OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
    6. Seahawks - OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers
    7. Browns - S Eric Berry, Tennessee
    8. Raiders - OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
    9. Bills - QB Jimmy Clausen. Notre Dame
    10.Jaguars - WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
    11.Broncos - DT Dan Williams, Tennessee
    12.Dolphins - ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama
    13.49ers - OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
    14.Seahawks - RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson
    15.Giants - DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
    16.Titans - DE Derick Morgan, Georgia Tech
    17.49ers - S Taylor Mays, USC
    18.Steelers - CB Joe Haden, Florida
    19.Falcons - CB Earl thomas, Texas
    20.Texans - G Mike Iupati, Idaho
    21.Bengals - TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
    22.Patriots - OLB Brandon Graham, Michigan
    23.Packers - OT Charles Brown, USC
    24.Eagles - DE Everson Griffen, USC
    25.Ravens - OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
    26.Cardinals - CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
    27.Cowboys - C/G Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
    28.Chargers - RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State
    29.Jets - DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
    30.Vikings - CB Devin McCourtney, Rutgers
    31.Colts - DT Brian Price, UCLA
    32.Saints - OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri

    ROUND 2

    33.Rams - WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame
    34.Lions - CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama
    35.Buccaneers - DE Jerry Hughes, TCU
    36.Chiefs - OLB Daryl Washington, TCU
    37.Redskins - OT/G Rodger Saffold, Indiana
    38.Browns - ILB Brandon Spikes, Florida
    39.Raiders - DT Jared Odrick, Penn State
    40.Seahawks - QB Tim Tebow, Florida
    41.Bills - DT Terrance Cody, Alabama
    42.Buccaneers - WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech
    43.Dolphins - OLB Ricky Sapp, Clemson
    44.Patriots - DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern
    45.Broncos - CB Dominique Franks, Oklahoma
    46.Giants - DT Tyson Alualu, California
    47.Patriots - TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
    48.Panthers - WR Damian Williams, USC
    49.49ers - OLB Koa Misi, Utah
    50.Chiefs - DT Cam Thomas, North Carolina
    51.Texans - CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State
    52.Steelers - OT Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusettes
    53.Patriots - WR Brandon LaFell, LSU
    54.Bengals - WR Dexter McCluster, Mississippi
    55.Eagles - RB Jahvid Best, California
    56.Packers - CB Brandon Ghee, Wake Forest
    57.Ravens - TE Anothony McCoy, USC
    58.Cardinals - OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina
    59.Cowboys - FS Nate Allen, South Florida
    60.Chargers - DT Lamarr Houston, Texas
    61.Jets - RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
    62.Vikings - G Jon Asamoah, Illinois
    63.Colts - CB Chris Cook, Virginia
    64.Saints - C Matt Tennant, Boston College

    ROUND 3

    65.Rams - DE Austen Lane, Murray State
    66.Lions - OT Jared Veldheer, Hillsdale
    67.Buccaneers - S Chad Jones, LSU
    68.Chiefs - S Reshad Jones, Georgia
    69.Raiders - QB Colt McCoy, Texas
    70.Eagles - OLB Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
    71.Browns - WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
    72.Bills - WR Taylor Price, Ohio
    73.Dolphins - WR Carlton Mitchell, South Florida
    74.Jaguars - S Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech
    75.Bears - G John Jerry, Mississippi
    76.Giants - OT Jason Fox, Miami
    77.Titans - DE/OLB Jermaine Cunningham, Florida
    78.Panthers - LB Sean Lee, Penn State
    79.49ers - CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana (PA)
    80.Broncos - DE Alex Carrington, Arkansas State
    81.Texans - RB Toby Gerhart, Stanford
    82.Steelers - G Mike Johnson, Alabama
    83.Falcons - WR Jacoby Ford, Clemson
    84.Bengals - OLB Navorro Bowman, Penn State
    85.Raiders - CB Jerome Murphy, South Florida
    86.Packers - RB Montario Hardesty, Tennessee
    87.Eagles - G Mitch Petrus, Arkansas
    88.Cardinals - TE Dennis Pitta, Brigham Young
    89.Cardinals - FS Major Wright, Florida
    90.Cowboys - DT Mike Neal, Purdue
    91.Chargers - CB Javier Arenas, Alabama
    92.Browns - QB Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
    93.Vikings - S T.J. Ward, Oregon
    94.Colts - OLB Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech
    95.Saints - DE Greg Hardy, Mississippi
    96.Titans (proj. comp. pick) - WR Mike Williams, Syracuse
    97.Bengals (proj. comp. pick) - RB Joe McKnight, USC
    98.Falcons (proj. comp. pick) - DE Brandon Lang, Troy

    ROUND 4

    99. Rams - CB Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
    100.Lions - WR Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati
    101.Buccaneers - CB Kevin Thomas, USC
    102.Chiefs - TE Ed Dickson, Oregon
    103.Redskins - CB Amari Spievey, Iowa
    104.Seahawks - DT Geno Atkins, Georgia
    105.Browns - TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida
    106.Raiders - OLB Dekoda Watson, Florida State
    107.Bills - TE Jimmy Graham, Miami
    108.Jaguars - C J.D. Walton, Baylor
    109.Bears - S Darrell Stuckey, Kansas
    110.Dolphins - DT Torrell Troup, UCF
    111.Titans - CB Syd'Quan Thompson, California
    112.Panthers - TE Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh
    113.49ers - G Zane Beadles, Utah
    114.Broncos - QB Tony Pike, Cincinnati
    115.Giants - C Ted Larsen, North Carolina State
    116.Steelers - RB Anothony Dixon, Mississippi State
    117.Falcons - OLB Perry Riley, LSU
    118.Texans - S Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech
    119.Patriots - G Brandon Carter, Texas Tech
    120.Bengals - S Larry Asante, Nebraska
    121.Eagles - CB Alterraun Verner, UCLA
    122.Packers - DE George Selvie, South Florida
    123.Cardinals - OT Selvish Capers, West Virginia
    124.Jets - DE Lindsey Witten, Connecticut
    125.Cowboys - OT Kyle Calloway, Iowa
    126.Chargers - TE Garrett Graham, Wisconsin
    127.Eagles - S Kendrick Lewis, Mississippi
    128.Vikings - ILB Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State
    129.Colts - G Marshall Newhouse, TCU
    130.Saints - DT Linval Joseph, East Carolina

    ROUND 5

    131.Rams - DT Jeff Owens, Georgia
    132.Falcons - FB/TE Clay Harbor, Missouri State
    133.Browns - RB Ben Tate, Auburn
    134.Redskins - QB John Skelton, Fordham
    135.Chiefs - WR Jordan Shipley, Texas
    136.Browns - OT Ed Wang, Virginia Tech
    137.Raiders - ILB Donald Brown, Washington
    138.Seahawks - WR Eric Decker, Minnesota
    139.Bills - OLB Rennie Curran, Georgia
    140.Bears - WR Andre Roberts, Citadel
    141.Chiefs - WR Jeremy Williams, Tulane
    142.Jaguars - DE Kevin Basped, Nevada
    143.Chiefs - G Ciron Black, LSU
    144.49ers - WR Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas
    145.Browns - CB A.J. Jefferson, Fresno State
    146.Giants - TE Tony Moeaki, Iowa
    147.Titans - TE Colin Peek, Alabama
    148.Lions - RB James Starks, Buffalo
    149.Texans - WR Riley Cooper, Florida
    150.Steelers - ILB Phillip Dillard, Nebraska
    151.Bengals - OLB A.J. Edds, Iowa
    152.Buccaneers - QB Jonathan Crompton, Tennessee
    153.Packers - S Kurt Coleman, Ohio State
    154.Rams - CB Brian Jackson, Oklahoma
    155.Ravens - WR Blair White, Michigan State
    156.Ravens- CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky
    157.Patriots - ILB Pat Angerer, Iowa
    158.Chargers - OT Sam Young, Notre Dame
    159.Browns - DE Willie Young, North Carolina State
    160.Vikings - QB Jarrett Brown, West Virginia
    161.Colts - DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse
    162.Eagles - G Shawn Lauvao, Arisona State
    163.Steelers (proj. comp. pick) - WR David Gettis, Baylor
    164.Falcons (proj. comp. pick) - RB LeGarrette Blount, Oregon
    165.Steelers (proj. comp. pick) - DT Vince Oghobaase, Duke
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    Re: My 7-round mock draft

    ROUND 6

    166.Rams - G Shelley Smith, Colorado State
    167.Falcons - OT Adam Ulatoski, Texas
    168.Buccaneers - OT Chris Scott, Tennessee
    169.Dolphins - S Terrell Skinner, Maryland
    170.Dolphins - WR Shay Hodge, Mississippi
    171.Panthers - DE C.J. Wilson, East Carolina
    172.Seahawks - S Myron Rolle, Florida State
    173.Browns - CB Donovan Warren, Michigan
    174.Bills - C Eric Olsen, Notre Dame
    175.Dolphins - QB Jevan Snead, Mississippi
    176.Jaguars - DT D'Anthony Smith, Louisana Tech
    177.Bears - CB Joshua Moore, Kansas State
    178.49ers - DT Al Woods, LSU
    179.Broncos - C John Estes, Hawaii
    180.Giants - ILB Darryl Sharpton, Miami
    181.Titans - WR Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green
    182.Browns - WR Danario Alexander, Missouri
    183.Texans - RB Joique Bell, Wayne State
    184.Steelers - S Nick Polk, Indiana
    185.Falcons - OT Kevin Haslem, Rugers
    186.Patriots - WR Antonio Brown, Central Michigan
    187.Bengals - FB Rashawn Jackson, Virginia
    188.Bills - OT Derek Hardman, Eastern Kentucky
    189.Packers - OLB Arthur Moats, James Madison
    190.Ravens - FS Robert Johnson, Utah
    191.Cardinals - WR Marcus Easley, Connecticut
    192.Cowboys - ILB Micah Johnson, Kentucky
    193.Texans - DT Earl Mitchell, Arizona
    194.Jets - G Chris DeGeare, Wake Forest
    195.Vikings - TE Andrew Quarless, Penn State
    196.Eagles - TE Nate Byham, Pittsburgh
    197.Saints - OLB Kevin Conner, Clemson
    198.Vikings (proj. comp. pick) - CB Walter Thurmond, Oregon
    199.Packers (proj. comp. pick) - P Zoltan Mesko, Michigan
    200.Panthers (proj. comp. pick) - DT Nate Collins, Virginia
    201.Jaguars (proj. comp. pick) - G Chris DeGeare, Wake Forest
    202.Panthers (proj. comp. pick) - QB Zac Robinson, Oklahoma State
    203.Dolphins (proj. comp. pick) - OT Thomas Welch, Vanderbilt

    ROUND 7

    204.Rams - DE Rahim Alem, LSU
    205.Bills - RB Charles Scott, LSU
    206.Buccaneers - CB Jamar Wall, Texas Tech
    207.Redskins - RB Deji Karim, Southern Illinois
    208.Dolphins - WR Seyi Ajirotutu, Fresno State
    209.Seahawks - DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Washington
    210.Lions - G Mike Tepper, California
    211.Raiders - G Alex Parsons, USC
    212.Bills - DE Jammie Kirlew, Indiana
    213.Buccaneers - RB Andre Dixon, Connecticut
    214.Bears - OT Chris Marinelli, Stanford
    215.Dolphins - RB Lonyae Miller, Fresno State
    216.Broncos - ILB Kion Wilson, South Florida
    217.Giants - CB Devin Ross, Arizona
    218.Titans - DT Corey Peters, Kentucky
    219.Panthers - OT Drew Davis, Alabama
    220.49ers - QB Mike Kafka, Northwestern
    221.Steelers - OLB Simoni Lawrence, Minnesota
    222.Rams - WR Emmanuel Sanders, Southern Methodist
    223.Texans - DE Clifton Geathers, South Carolina
    224.Bengals - DT Brandon Deaderick, Alabama
    225.Patriots - RB Andre Anderson, Tulane
    226.Packers - G Joe Hawley, UNLV
    227.Buccaneers - OLB Adrian Tracy, William & Mary
    228.Cardinals - ILB Mike McLaughlin, Boston College
    229.Cowboys - K Leigh Tiffin, Alabama
    230.Chargers - DE Hall Davis, LA.-Lafayette
    231.Jets - DT Travis Ivey, Maryland
    232.Vikings - ILB Josh Hull, Penn State
    233.Colts - DE Danny Batten, South Dakota State
    234.Saints - OT Will Barker, Virginia
    235.Patriots (proj. comp. pick) - OT Casey Knips, South Dakota State
    236.Titans (proj. comp. pick) - G Brian Simmons, Oklahoma
    237.Colts (proj. comp. pick) - G Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
    238.Titans (proj. comp. pick) - CB Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech
    239.Titans (proj. comp. pick) - OT Dennis Landolt, Penn State
    240.Steelers (proj. comp. pick) - ILB Travis Goethel, Arizona State
    241.Eagles (proj. comp. pick) - FB John Conner, Kentucky
    242.Eagles (proj. comp. pick) - S Robert Vaughn, Connecticut
    243.Chargers (proj. comp. pick) - WR Verran Tucker, California
    244.49ers (proj. comp. pick) - RB Chris Brown, Oklahoma
    245.Patriots (proj. comp. pick) - OLB Dexter Davis, Arizona State
    246.Patriots (proj. comp. pick) - C Erik Cook, New Mexico
    247.Seahawks (proj. comp. pick) - TE Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois
    248.Patriots (proj. comp. pick) - OT Tony Washington, Abilene Christian
    249.Raiders (proj. comp. pick) - OT J'Marcus Webb, West Texas A&M
    250.Rams (proj. non-comp. pick) - OLB Roddrick Muckelroy, Texas
    251.Lions (proj. non-comp. pick) - CB Patrick Stoudamire, Western Illinois
    252.Buccaneers (proj. non-comp. pick) - WR Scott Long, Louisville
    253.Chiefs (proj. non-comp. pick) - C Jeff Byers, USC
    254.Redskins (proj. non-comp. pick) - S Justin Woodall, Alabama
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    Re: My 7-round mock draft

    Welcome and thanks for the Draft.

    Some thoughts on it from our POV?

    Starts well, very well, in fact I'd be delighted with those two picks. The rest though - meh.

    We don't use TE's in the passing game enough to warrant a high pick on one.

    LaFell is a bust waiting to happen. Unathletic, slow, terrible hands. A typical LSU receiver.

    Carter is not a fit for our O-line. We draft mobile, athletic guys, not maulers. He's a Dallas type.

    Angerer is a 4-3 MLB only for me (and we already have one of those). Don't see a fit in the 3-4 at all either.

    Brown - happy with that, been pushing his name since the turn of the New Year. Would be happy with his buddy Bryan Anderson too.

    Anderson is good value down there I suppose. Would rather a Joique Bell or Deji Karim though.

    Don't see Washington making it to the 7th round (same for Dexter Davis, I think he could be a raiders shock target higher). In fact I think someone will gamble on him in the third or fourth round. Would be happy with that though, he's an *******, but a very very talented *******.

    Overall very impressed although I'd question some of your values (Scott Long, Seyi Ajirotutu, Emmanuel Sanders, Daniel Te'o-Nesheim etc not being picked until the 7th round, Danario Alexander and others in the 6th round).

    Still, well done :cool:
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    Re: My 7-round mock draft

    Yeah, what he said. First of all, as someone who does a 7-round mock every year, kudos on the effort. From your screen name though, I'm guessing you're a Skins fan, and not so much with the Patriots. Lafell, Angerer, and Carter just don't fit what we do here. I think we'd all pretty much be shocked. Seems early for Wooten too.

    Going by the rest of your board, I think a plausible Pats draft, assuming no trades, might start:

    22. DE Jared Odrick
    45. WR Arrelious Benn
    47. OLB Koa Misi
    53. RB Ben Tate
    119. TE Tony Moeaki
    157. DE Arthur Jones
    186. LB Te'o-Neisham
    225. OT Will Barker....
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    Re: My 7-round mock draft

    I think the recent revelations of the incident when he was 16 may cause some teams to think twice which may cause him to go lower in the draft.....
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    Re: My 7-round mock draft

    An interesting effort, thanks for sharing.

    Patriots picks

    22. OLB Brandon Graham, Michigan -- I count about 6 teams who are likely to see Graham as a better fit for what they do before NE picks - and Belichick hasn't shown any desire to draft major conversion projects in the first round.
    44. DE Corey Wootton, Northwestern
    47. TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona -- The kid is coming off major medical and hasn't played football in over a year, while Belichick will gamble more in the second, he prefers to wait a round for medical projects.
    53. WR Brandon LaFell, LSU -- If he slides this far I can see him.
    119.G Brandon Carter, Texas Tech -- As others have said, he's a phone booth fighter and not an open field greyhound, which means he's not a fit for NE.
    157.ILB Pat Angerer, Iowa -- I can see this pick, it's not a sexy pick, but the guy is getting compared to Zach Thomas, which begs the question of whether he can make himself skinny to sidestep blockers and meet the ball carrier in the hole? If he can do that like Zach could, he's gold.
    186.WR Antonio Brown, Central Michigan
    225.RB Andre Anderson, Tulane
    235.(proj. comp. pick) OT Casey Knips, South Dakota State
    245.(proj. comp. pick) OLB Dexter Davis, Arizona State
    246.(proj. comp. pick) C Erik Cook, New Mexico
    248.(proj. comp. pick) OT Tony Washington, Abilene Christian

    No real issue with any of the other picks, you may wish to reconsider assigning NE only the one Defensive Lineman - in a deep draft for DL it stands to reason a man who appreciates his DL the way Bill Belichick does will find a way to take more then one.
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    Re: My 7-round mock draft

    That's a tough one to project.

    -- The kid has some real talent for LT.
    -- Any team that takes him will have a major travel nightmare to jump through all the legal hoops necessary to permit him to travel with the team.
    -- There will likely be a special security detail needed to accompany him when traveling, for his protection and to ease the concerns of local authorities.
    -- He's been through two serious threat analysis/background checks for the two college programs he's played in, both appear to have been very thorough and found him to be a low risk. Both college programs are part of a Church-centered education program where a young man with his background has the chance to receive a solid foundation for their rehabilitation.

    Based on the article, it appears he came from a dysfunctional family background, the kind of nasty home situation where children get truly messed up. (I have to wonder if his sister was ever registered as a sex offender?) There seems to have been an effort to get this kid straightened out and from the article he seems to have made an effort to help himself within the support structure created for him.

    For his sake I hope he is drafted or signed by a team like NE which has the team culture to support and encourage his continued rehabilitation. If he should wind up in a place like Oakland or Cincinnati...poor bastitch.
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    Does the Raider pick for next year come into play at all? Does anyone think they may wait in the first on the d line this year and grab the best stud available with at least a top 15 next year?
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    I very much doubt NE uses that pick for trade this year. It's my opinion that 2011's draft class is very poor and gets thin fast once you get out of the first round projections - and that's with the juniors declaring early. 2011 has the potential to be another 2007 draft class, which is why I want NE to retain it's Oakland pick for a shot at quality talent in the top 15, but would be interested in using any of the other 2011 picks to bundle with this draft's picks in an effort to move around and draft the 2010 players they want the most.

    We also have to think in terms of 2012 - unless there is a new CBA, or the owners put alternative planning into play, there is no 2012 draft.
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