Official 1st/2nd Round Draft Predictions

Discussion in ' - Patriots Fan Forum' started by maverick4, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. maverick4

    maverick4 Banned

    I have really enjoyed the debates about college players and the draft. Now, it's time to gather an official record of people's picks three days before the draft, to see how close or far off we were on guessing Belichick's actual moves. You can make any prediction, such as trading up, trading down, packaging picks, staying put...basically whatever you think will actually happen. I'll go first, by listing the position targeted, and then my guess as to who will actually be picked.

    Pick l Position l Player:
    #21: Wide Receiver. Guess: Santonio Holmes
    #52: DE (conversion to OLB). Guess: Mathias Kiwanuka

    Rationale: I actually think the Pats will move around A LOT in this draft, but since it's so difficult to project, I will just say for now that they stay put with their first two picks. I know Belichick believes in spending top picks on quality players who play on the O and D-line, but the Pats ultimately have big starter-holes at LB and WR that need to be filled. I originally went LB for the first pick, but since LB depth is better than WR depth this year, I thought the Pats would take the best receiver first. I think both Holmes and Kiwanuka will fall. Also, off topic, I think Graham gets traded for picks before the season starts.
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2006
  2. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi Supporter

    #12 Jersey

    I said DeMaco Ryans and Greg Jennings a few weeks ago.

    I'm changing to Manny Lawson and Greg Jennings now.
  3. Heck67

    Heck67 On the Roster

    I don't believe that Mathias Kiwanuka will be around @ 52
  4. DarrylS

    DarrylS Supporter Supporter

    I am curious why do you think this, is there a plan for his replacement?? Had hoped to ink him to a long term contract.
  5. Ochmed Jones

    Ochmed Jones Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    #12 Jersey

    Is Graham injury prone or is it that we asked him to play tackle so much last year????????
  6. bevster

    bevster Supporter Supporter

    Round #1 - Antonio Cromartie
    Round #2 - Daniel Bullocks
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  7. Seymour93

    Seymour93 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Round #1 - Richard Marshall, CB, Fresno St.
    Round #2 - Mark Anderson, DE/OLB, Alabama

    Mark Anderson profile
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  8. maverick4

    maverick4 Banned


    Off topic, but to answer your question: Graham's contract is up after this season, and we still have Watson (signed through 2009), who was not drafted for need, but for value. I don't see how the Pats could justify a long-term deal with Graham while they have Watson (willing and arguably able) on the bench. Instead of letting Graham walk for free, they will try to get value for him in the form of picks. As for Mathias Kiwanuka, reports have him dropping like a rock in the draft due to his poor performance against Ferguson. What's funny is that I changed my prediction at least a half dozen times in variations ranging from moving up for Lawson, to trading down to pile up more picks in rounds 2 and 3. Pretty much anything can happen on Saturday. Who among us will be closest to predicting the future?
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  9. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi Supporter

    #12 Jersey

    So we have Watson. And maybe a rookie. And maybe a Jed Weaver. Yuck.
  10. Mark Morse

    Mark Morse Supporter Supporter

    #15 Jersey

    I agree with BelichickFan's selection, however I am predicting that the Patriots have to trade up to #13 to get Lawson. They are afraid of the other 3-4 defense teams scooping him up. They give a up their 3rd round #75 overall as well as #21.

    Greg Jennings is the man ... Deion Branch clone. Three 1,000 yard seasons. 14. 11 and 14 TD's the last three years. Great route runner sets up defenders, finds the open areas of zones and settles in.

    Chris Gocong in Round 3 (may have to trade up to get him). Gocong is Tedy Bruschi. He started as a Nose Tackle moved to DE and had 42 sacks the last two years. Not afraid to mix it up. He has been described as the energizer bunny never takes aplay off no matter if its play 1 or play 101.
  11. Handel

    Handel Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    1st round: Santonio Holmes, WR
    2nd round: Darryl Tapp, OLB
  12. bevster

    bevster Supporter Supporter

    IMO, if the Pats were to draft MK they would use him at OLB. Maybe MK would have trouble as an everydown DE where he would rush the passer on most downs. My guess is that MK would be more successful in a Willie type role.

    I suspect that he is downgraded by a lot of teams based upon his projection as a DE. He may be better suited at OLB in the Pat defense.

    IMO, Willie had his best years at OLB, not as a pure DE.
  13. Ceresco

    Ceresco Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Round 1 : Richard Marshall, CB, Fresno St.

    Round 2: Maurice Stovall, WR, Notre Dame

    Round 3: Maurice Drew, RB, UCLA
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  14. PATSNUTme

    PATSNUTme Paranoid Homer Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    #75 Jersey

    #21 Bobby Boucher, LB,SWLA St
    #52 PATSNUTME Drop Kicker, Southern Maine
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  15. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member Supporter

    #50 Jersey

    Works for me. #13 is a perfect position for Lawson; Jennings gives you value at WR and a weapon on punts; Gocong is a great long-term project inside. (Though I think Maurice Drew is another possibility in the 2nd.)
  16. rookBoston

    rookBoston 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    #12 Jersey

    Like playing the lotto...

    Round 1: LB Bobby Carpenter
    Round 2: CB Richard Marshall
    Round 3: WR Michael Hass

    Round 1: OLB Kamerion Wimbley
    Round 2: CB Kelly Jennings
    Round 3: ILB Kai Parham

    Round 1: OLB Manny Lawson
    Round 2: WR Maurice Stovall
    Round 3: CB David Pittman
  17. BradyAlright

    BradyAlright Rookie

    I don't see the need to move up IMO the BB & SP are looking at Lawson and or Kiwanuka in the 1st.

    2nd Drew and a possible trade into the 2nd for the TE Pope or ILB Jackson.

    3rd OLB/DE McClover WR Marshall or Baskett

    4th SS Pollard or CB's Webb or Gordon.

    I like Cogcong (Hope the spelling is correct) pick. Do you think he will be picked in the third round? I believe it would be in the fourth.

    The Pats are in good position for a great draft possible the best since BB and SP tendure in NE. My feeling is that the 1st round will play out just 2003 draft with Wilfork.:D
  18. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi Supporter

    #12 Jersey

    I don't see them panicking into a massive tradeup. I am starting to think Lawson is their realistic #1 target (eliminating those they have no chance at) but I doubt he stands out above the rest to give up a decent package to move up 8 spots.
  19. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi Supporter

    #12 Jersey

    I have no problem with any of those except Parham in the 3rd, especially our early 3rd.
  20. SamBamsFan

    SamBamsFan Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    We had this discussion in the resigning Graham thread. Think like Belichick for a second. With Grahams blocking skills outside of Kenyatta, Gorin, Ashworth & Hochstein we won 2 super bowls. A great blocking TE might get $2.5 mil per year. An above average RT gets 4.5-5 million per year. Why not resign Graham and keep paying young , borderline starters less than $1 million???
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