Discussion in 'Patriots Draft Talk' started by Box_O_Rocks, Apr 20, 2006.
This is exactly why I don't understand the gnashing of teeth over whether we are going to get the LB ( or perish the thought RB or WR) that we want in the 1st round. We are going to grab the best value. We may not get a LB in the 1st but we'll get a great Pats-type player, and our LBs will be just fine when the season starts.
I agree with you 100%. Yes, we lost Willie but Colvin looked to be all the way back the last half of the season and moving Vrable to OLB full time would solve some problems. (Even Beisol would be better if he could play outside, rather than inside). We do need MLB help, but we could easily solve that problem as late as the 3rd round. If DeAngelo Williams is still there at 21, I feel like we have to take him. He needs to work on his blocking, but he is a game breaker running or catching, especially since he'd probably have a linebacker on him all the time coming out of the backfield. His additon would benefit the receivers and Ben Watson because he's such a double threat. I think back a couple of seasons and remember how wonderfully the offense flowed when Corey was running for 1600 yds. We had so many of those 7-9 minute drives that BB (and the defense) loves. It was a thing of beauty. If DeAngelo's gone by 21, then Carpenter, Lawson, Wimberly, or Greenway may be the way to go. If we take Williams, then we could look for an immediate starter at OLB next year through the draft, trade, or FA. We don't have the depth at LB that we'd like, but we don't have to sell out for one in the 1st round.
True. My feeling though is that there are many very good OLB prospects (in particular 3-4 OLB prospects) that will be taken in mid to late round 1, and BB likely has his eyes on at least one or two of them. With all the teams likely to be going OLB in mid to late round 1 and early round 2, I think BB will likely not want to risk losing the one(s) he has his eyes on by not taking one in round 1. We don't know who exactly BB will prefer - it could be Manny Lawson, Chad Greenway, Bobby Carpenter, Demeco Ryans, etc... Or he could have several of them ranked roughly the same, and not care which particular one he gets (in which case he may look to trade down a few picks, and just take whoever is left in late round 1). If he does like a particular one above the rest, I think he will just take him at 21, or possibly even look to move up ahead of Dallas to make sure they don't take the one he likes.
We can't really know if BB likes a particular one above the rest, or views several as equally desirable - so it's all guesswork as far as who we'll get. But, I think it's a fairly safe bet that he'll take an LB in round 1.
Another good read out of the press conference, Breer did a nice job applying BB's answers to Breer's draft perception.
since there are a wealth of good LBs in the draft there's a certain logic to the idea that the best available will be, lo and behold a LB. But to be dead certain it's a LB? That's the whole point. If everybody passes on D'Brickashaw Furguson (not gonna happen, he might even go #1,) you really think they still draft a LB?
More to the point, if [whoever is not a LB, who Belichik ranks where the national media rank D'brickashaw Furguson] is available, you really think he picks a LB?
Speculation's tough vis a vis any team... that much more so for NE.
Belichick may say that they don't draft for need.
Let's look at the record.
Two major free agency defections: Ty Law (released) and Joe Andruzzi (UFA).
First two picks: Logan Mankins and Ellis Hobbs.
Major free agency defection: Ted Washington.
First pick: Vince Wilfork.
Major free agency defection: Bobby Hamilton
First pick: Ty Warren
Vince Wilfork was a value pick who unexpectedly dropped.
Mankins, Hobbs, and Warren were all considered reaches at the time.
The Patriots tend to address their top needs with players that fit their system. They may not be universally valued at the draft position where the Patriots take them, but they are good values to the Patriots.
I will be very surprised if the Patriots exit Day One without a linebacker and wide receiver. Personally I hope they go defense in round one, but I've learned to be happy with who they select, since the Day One players tend to fit their system well.
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