Discussion in 'Patriots Draft Talk' started by pats1, Apr 27, 2008.
If nothing else ever proved they take the best player on their board this is it.
Thats gotta be the end of Cassel right?
Or maybe Cassel to Miami?
Does that mean the Matt Cassel experiment is over?
Ok, interesting, it is what it is I guess.
Future trade bait.
What the heck is that?
Brady better watch out, gisele...
Probably, and likely the end of Gutierrez.
According to mike lombardi on NFLN this is a future trade bait. He thinks they will put him out in the preseason and if he looks great they will entice some team to give up their 2nd or 1st down the yrs for him
Similar to what ron wolf used to do with the packers.
I does seem like a head scratcher but looks more like "future vision" pick.
Might as well have taken a kicker with that pick.
I bet a small part of this was to keep him away from the Jets.
This pick sucks ass. Im all for "In Bill We Trust", but WTFFFF!!!!!!!!
Better luck next year, Gutierrez (sp?)
Trade bait? Yea sure, and Matt Cassel is going to be traded for a first round pick like all the dopes were saying last year and the year before. It was a wasted pick. If you're just throwing them away, you take someone with incredible upside like Manningham and see if he can produce. If Brady goes down, they're screwed. It doesn't matter if its O'Connell or Gutierrez or Cassel, or whoever. What a waste.
I think we'll see Cassel traded by the start of camp. Personally, I prefer Gutierrez anyway.
i know nothing about this guy, but could he be a project to convert to another position? (Something in the vein of Kerry Rhodes for the jets?)
Jamie Dukes on the NFLN is an idiot!!! Teams were lighting us up all year down the field???? These people have to be called on their bias.
I want Bryant or Okam and Silva or King with the next 2 picks.
A third round QB should be ready to start in the NFL when called upon.
Good way to continue strengthening the team with solid depth. Defenses know how to get to brady now... the chances of him getting injured increased as soon as Graham was gone. Smart pick. I like the concept of showcasing him for trade bait as well. Day 2 players just aren't as likely to make the cut on this team any more. Why not strengthen an important position - backup QB?
I don't buy it. They picked Cassel to groom him as the backup and possible successor. Now they pick a Cassel clone, so I have to believe, again, they have the same plan.
My one big fear, once again they pick a guy with no pocket sense. How do you learn that? Brady has great pocket sense and he couldn't seem to teach it to Cassel or Cassel never caught on (or he magically did since the last time we saw him play).
Mayock (who clearly has an in with BB) makes the point that Cassel (who he says BB still likes) is a FA at the end of the year. Give O'Connell a year to develop, so he'll be ready to be the #2.
Following on from 3 young defensive players, I can see the logic in that.
I love this pick! QB is one of the hardest positions to fill. You can never start too early in trying to find a good #2 QB w/ potential as #1 down the road. Arguably, the biggest team weakness was the thinness behind Tom Brady if he were to go down in a game.
Cassell is toast once his contract expires next year. O' Connell looks like a good prospect.
I don't get it. We've spent years bemoaning the fact that the team is screwed if Brady gets hurt because there isn't good backup here. Now they draft a good backup, and everyone's pissed? Good QBs need to be drafted in early rounds. Brady as a 6th is an exception, not the rule.
Well Cassell did gift Miami a TD last year!!!
Jonathan Goff was still on the board!
The New England Patriots need more young linebackers on the roster!
Good write up on him on ProFW draft guide. Considered to be a real riser- not a good set of receivers to throw to. Really a good back up prospect.
Interestingly enough, the analysts at ESPN think that, if anything, the Patriots might have gotten a steal with O'Connell. . . . They're still pikers, though.
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