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    I'm not going to rank all of them, because I think that's overkill, but the one pick that I think has everything going against it is Chad Jackson. They traded UP in the 2nd round, to draft a wide receiver that ended up having a poor work ethic, an inability to learn the playbook, and a series of injuries. Most of the others I can at least make some rationale for, or were at least 3rd rounders where the real crap shoot begins. But nothing about Chad Jackson worked out, and he cost multiple picks.
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    Simple reality: using a player who failed at his position as a means of deriding those "experts" who disagreed with the pick is not using the best example. 2 people have clicked "disagree" with a post that has nothing to disagree with.


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    Did McCourty in fact fail or was the move to safety out of need? The Patriots made the move when Chung and Gregory went down with an injury, the team then made a trade for Talib and kept McCourty at safety, it was Chung who lost his starting job on defense, if McCourty was actually a failure it would have been him as a reserve.
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    Outside of 2010, he was failing pretty badly as a CB. A CB needs to have the confidence to be able to turn his head around when trailing a receiver. McCourty simply didn't have that as a CB. But as a safety, he's very, very good because he has the ability to always keep his head turned toward the play. Even in 2010, he was getting lucky at times because opposing QB's were underestimating his speed when he was playing the trail technique. Further, the team was relying heavily on zone coverages in the back end, which is what he played in college. Once opposing QB's figured out that he was afraid to turn his head around and look for the ball in man to man coverage, they targetted him much more often.
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    McCourty was an excellent CB as a rookie when we were in a zone coverage scheme, in 2011 with the switch to the 4-3 and a man coverage scheme he had struggles. I think McCourty excels at playing the football and has some shortcomings when playing the man; this is why he is so effective as a safety because it allows him to play the football.

    I still do not view him as a failure, when he was drafted in 2010, it was to play in a zone coverage scheme, which he did extremely well. The change in scheme and responsibility is what led to his struggles had we been in a man coverage scheme at the time of the draft in 2010 who knows if McCourty would have been the pick.
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    Considering the post you quoted said the experts considered McCourty a ST player, and he's ended up being one of the better safeties in the AFC, I think his example is perfectly fine. Hence the disagreement. You want to take McCourty's CB career as a sign of failure. I don't. If he was also struggling at safety, you might have a point, but taking a player who was inconsistent at one position and finding a position where he is pro bowl caliber is not a failure, however your mind chooses to twist it into one. McCourty is playing at first round pick level. The "experts" were wrong, which was the point.
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    I never claimed McCourty stunk, couldn't play, or anything like that. I simply noted that he was probably not the best choice, which undersold the point, since he clearly isn't the best, or even a good, choice. Your disagreement was foolish. Your defense of that disagreement is even more foolish.


    edit: And your doubling down by disliking this post is pathetic.
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    Yeah, but Felger and Mazz did a review yesterday of the 24 Pats' 1st and 2nd round picks over the last decade and concluded that only 8 were any good. And of course, those two morons outweigh your ESPN article.

    Among their busts:

    Maroney,
    Spikes,
    Watson
    and Hightower.

    Think a couple of people here were probably listening...
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    That's funny, because in that video Roger Goodell clearly announced (and the Patriots' draft card said) that his position was Defensive Back, not Corner Back. And he is a two-time all-pro defensive back and one-time pro bowl defensive back. The fact that you decided he was a cornerback is your issue, not Patsfans.com's.
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    Too soon on Hightower

    Spikes was exactly what everyone figured he was, so calling him a bust is idiotic (Felger and Mazz being idiotic, who ever saw that coming?)

    I think it's fair to call Maroney the most disappointing 1st round pick of the BB era. Even so, his first two seasons showed promise before his career went off the rails.

    Watson, with a 10 year career and an average of 34 catches a year, is currently the second worst first round pick of the BB era.


    That's not an indictment. that's a celebration of how good this team has been when actually using its first round pick. If anything, it's an argument against trading out of the first round.
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    Ummm..... I'm reasonably sure that he was plugged in at CB by Belichick and company at the start of his career (I'm pretty confident that we all saw him playing there), and I'm also reasonably sure that we were discussing him as a CB before and after that draft. You can feel free to check that, though.

    "Goodell announced" .... good comedy
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    The proof is in the above video prduced. If you want to claim that he was discussing him as a CB before and after the draft, that's up to you to prove and not me.

    Anyway, I'm curious if your opinion of Damian Woody is similar. He could be considered a 1st round draft bust because he had to be moved out from center. I'm fine with your consistency there if you think so, but my opinion is that you're being far too limiting viewing them as position players rather than football players.
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    Yeah, I would say so but I remember I was surprised they took him ahead of DeAngelo Williams.
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    No, it's not. Pointing to a freakin' card is laughable. You think Clowney won't count as a bust, or great pick, if he's announced as a DE and he's converted to OLB year one? Come on. Be better than that.

    You're comparison is a bit of apples and oranges. Woody could play center. He played it for 4 years, and he wasn't getting smoked, which separates him from McCourty at CB. He couldn't snap the ball well in the shotgun. Koppen could. The Patriots took a step down in overall talent in order to be more sure of the snap. That was a smart move.

    Simple truth: Every evaluator gets some wrong. But evaluators getting some wrong isn't some briliant defense of BB, because BB has gotten plenty wrong himself and is sure as hell not above the criticism. Even worse, Ray chose a poor example.

    He could have pointed to the Borges evaluation of Seymour, for example. It's tired and beaten to death, but it's still an excellent example.
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    Considering all the "experts" thought he was a special teams player, he's a rousing success.
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    Chris Canty CB Kansas State

    This list is moot.
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    No, I don't think he should count as a bust if he's converted to OLB and becomes an all-pro. If he becomes a bad OLB, then it a bust. I just think it's better to view from perspective of football player versus position.

    I'll have to respectfully disagree with you on this. I don't think it's apples and oranges. The basic job description of a CB is to not get smoked. The basic job description of a center is to actually snap the ball. Woody failed at that, and caused problems for the offense.

    As for McCourty's actual performance - he was an all-pro as a zone corner in 2010. They switched to man in 2011 and he got smoked, then hurt, and then came back as a safety. In 2012, he improved to average as a man corner for the first 8 games before they decided to move him to safety for the better of the team. On principle, I don't really see how this is a failure. The Texans moved from 4-3 to 3-4 and therefore moved Mario Wlliams to OLB. Was he a failure then because the Texans changed schemes? You're calling McCourty a failure because the Patriots changed schemes from one where he excelled to one where he needed a new position to excel. I just don't agree with your analysis there.

    I certainly agree with you on the basic point here. I just don't think McCourty is the example. Maroney, Meriweather, and even Graham and Watson are examples of BB getting it wrong. Particularly Maroney - who while not exactly terrible, was never and could never be a 3 down back worthy of a 1st round pic. But McCourty is a success story in my opinion, not a failure.
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