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    Rumor: The combine hasn't even happened yet and the draft is 2.5 months away. This is just a media guy trying to look like a genius by making a prediction way in advance. If he's wrong, it will never be brought up. If he's right, it will be plastered all over his news outlet.
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    2011 Draft 2 Rb's in the early rounds.


    QED
    2012 Draft 2 WR's.


    Absolute made up drivel.
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    Whilst I have Sanu high on my wishlist and wouldn't be disappointed by Alshon Jeffrey, two WR's that are currently intriguing me are:

    1. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

    Will not be an every down WR for us initially, although upside might make him so in the future. But at 6'5" and good speed, he's a legitimate downfield threat that teams would have to respect. We don't necessarily need him running complex routes initially, just have him head downfield to clear space for the TE's and Welker. Can make some unreal catches and had 30 yards per catch last season, 10 yards more than any other receiver in the FBS. Yes that's down to Georgia Techs triple option but our double TE's are fairly novel as an offensive scheme that defenses have to respect which might just open up the long ball threat of Hill. And his size and range of catches ( ahem ) just might alleviate some of Brady's short throwing on deep balls.

    2. Marvin Jones, WR, Cal

    If we're not signing a FA to replace Branch, then this might be the guy. Excellent smart receiver that is a willing blocker and makes some really good catches. Witness. Is a little slight in stature but that can be addressed as a pro.

    Finally, just want to doff my cap in the direction of Wilfork #75 who's been a very early advocate for Juron Criner who has improved his stock arguably the most of any WR in the draft to date. And is not a bad option as an all-round Branch replacement.
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    and the two TE's in 2010...

    I mean the guy hasn't ''heard rumblings'', hes just taken an educated guess on what might happen after noticing a small and possibly irrelevant pattern in our drafting tendencies. It could happen we lack WR's but I'd be happier if we took either 2 OLB's or 2 D-linemen. I'd rather get a vet in FA (Lloyd, Garcon, Meacham) and then select one WR at any point in the draft.
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    Darn, early rumblings = WILL NOT HAPPEN
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    It's not a bad assumption to make though.

    Depending on what it takes to re-sign Welker, that's not a given. Branch and Ocho obviously could be on the way out, we've got no significant return game and that often comes from a WR and Tiquan Underwood isn't a banker. That's a lot of potential gaps, particularly as BB doesn't make big FA signings.
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    Toon & Streeter wouldn't be too bad, especially where they're ranked by CBS.
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    Nick Toon is the most lazy WR I have ever seen play the game of Football. He never even looks for the ball if it isn't in an obvious spot. Absolutely do not want.
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    At the combine, I really liked Edwards of Houston before he popped his hammy.

    More quick than fast, excellent routes, decent hands..... Does that sound like a certain WR currently on the Pats roster? PS: He dropped an underthrown ball and cost us a first down with about 4 minutes to go.
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    How is this a "RUMOR"?

    Does anyone think that Belichick has already decided how many rookie wide receivers he wants? Does it really not matter what free agents are available?
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    100% right. Everyone does all these mock and draft predictions but completely forget that what happens in free agency totally changes it all.
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    While I put absolutely no stock into this report, I do like the idea of drafting two WR's, even if we do sign Lloyd. I've had Alshon Jeffery and Juron Criner in most of my mocks, and I would prefer two bigger guys that can be physical down the field, rather than just a speed guy. Brady doesn't have a great deep ball, so big, physical guys that can battle for it deep would be ideal. I also think they could take advantage of the offense based rules the NFL has now. How many of WR's on the roster now can create pass interference penalties down the field? Not many.
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    I really like Ryan Broyles from Oklahoma. And since he's currently rehabbing from an ACL injury he should be available a round or two later than he normally would've been (late 1st before the injury is my guess). He's ridiculously productive with great hands and routes.

    I like Joe Adams from Arkansas too. Plus he adds great value on Special Teams.

    A third guy of interest if we want to add a little size to the position is Juron Criner from Arizona. Not quite the quickness of the other two. But great body control and hands.
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    I don't see why not. It's a pretty good class this year and not hard to imagine considering the Pats depth chart at the moment. The super bowl changed my whole opinion regarding drafting in the early rounds. I realize there is a sizeable chance the Pats will sign Brandon Lloyd but this team also needs insurance and depth just in case.

    Personally I like Kendall Wright out of Baylor but don't see him getting past Chicago or Houston. I also like Jarius Wright from Arkansas in the later rounds. Would be pretty nifty to draft the "Wright Brothers."
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    Here's another good summary of WR prospects. **** load of 6'2 plus WR's this year, talk about size !

    Football Gameplan's 2012 NFL Draft Prospects Rankings - Wide Receivers - YouTube


    Personally
    1. Sign Marques Colston
    2. Re-Sign Welker
    3. Draft Michael Floyd, 6'3 225 from ND (Comes from Weis system), and a very physical receiver.

    Colston-Welker-Floyd-Gronk-Hernandez

    2TE nightmare for teams. Rest of the draft pickup DB's, LB, DL, C
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    It's kind of likely given that our WR for next year as of now are likely Welker and Branch.

    I would assume we'd sign Lloyd if his price is reasonable (should be with bigger name WR out there) and draft a WR around the 2nd and 4th round. Say Randle and Adams or similar.

    We'd have Lloyd and Welker starting, Branch as a backup Brady trusts, a bigger rookie receiver and a guy to play behind Welker.

    Something like Lloyd, Welker, Branch, Randle, Adams would be a ton better than what we had this year.

    We'd still have two #1 and a #2 to get a DB and a pass rusher and either trade one for a #1 next year or get a 2nd pass rusher.
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    I love Criner and think he'd be a steal if he dropped to the 3rd. He seems like the kind of guy we would take...not the fastest, but ruins crisp routes, has solid catching ability and you can throw a ball up and he will get to it. I'd be happy if we nabbed him with our 2nd second round pick.

    He'll be one of those guys who won't wow you at the combine with his speed, but I love his ball skills and his overall smarts...he runs good routes.
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    Everyone knows how much I love Criner so its good to see him getting some attention. Now I'm just hoping he doesn't run fast at the combine and get drafted too high. I wouldn't hesitate to take him at 48, but I would prefer him in the 3rd. And his biggest asset is the one nobody is talking about, his YAC ability. While he is isn't the fastest, he is a very fluid athlete and is very elusive. Add in his size, body control, ability to track the deep ball and his freakin huge 11 inch hands, and I think he is perfect for this system.
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    One bottom line is that none of your roster choices at WR are now signed. There is lots of work to do.

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    Yep. And the other WR are Ocho, Underwood and Edelman - underwhelming to say the least.

    The good news is Branch should be easily re-signed and Welker can be Franchised. But Branch is old and Welker is getting there so however we do it we need at least two young WR.
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    What if we said screw ala end of 06 and said lets just sign a really good WR?

    i mean obviously keep Welker but Belichick knows that cant just be it. He knows Welker is a great number 2/slot WR.

    I smell somethings up. Like a Colston, big playmaker but wont command all time record contract like Super Mario would.
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    I agree - and like others I think Lloyd is most likely given that he and McDaniels are love children - but even then we need a couple of youngsters with Branch old and Welker getting there. Certainly one young one but as we can probably get an Adams, Hilton or Broyles in the 4th round or so I'd like to get a second WR in that range after taking one around 2a. Still have 1a, 1b, 2b, 3 for defense or trades.
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    i read a lot of names, who could be drafted but no one is mentioning rueben randle out of lsu. i would love to pick him in the second round. in my opinion he has good size and speed. and he is out of the toughest college conference...


    sorry, for using some terms wrong. i'm a german and i think my english isn't perfect.
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    You really seem to have a Torrey Smith fetish.
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    Because 40 times don't matter. This team doesn't need a guy that can run fast, they need guys that can pick up the system, run quality routes and gain the trust of Brady. If you just want a deep threat, then you will be disapointed because this team needs balanced WR's that have the ability to make the big play, not just a burner. Its the threat of the big play, rather than the actually play that would help this team more. We need WR's that can keep the safeties honest, but also product all over the field.

    I would prefer more physical guys like Sanu, who can use their size to go deep and command double coverage because Brady doesn't have a great deep ball. Give him physical guys that can be a bigger target, battle for the ball down field and occasionally force pass interference calls. And I know you love Torrey Smith, but its time to let it go, he's not here. I had a huge man crush on Da'Quan Bowers last year, but he didn't come here and I got over it. So you need to find a new binkie for this draft. May I suggest Juron Criner:D
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    What did Larry Fitzgerald run at the combine? A lot closer to 4.57 I'm sure. These guys this year are all huge, so you have to sacrifice some speed unless you're talking about Moss or Megatron.
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