Youngsters joining the NFL

Discussion in 'Patriots Draft Talk' started by marty, Jan 20, 2006.

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  1. marty

    marty In the Starting Line-Up

    I'm a babe in the woods when it comes to the draft, so I just wanted to ask what you all think Pioli/BB's mindset is on the Jr's coming out in the Draft this year. Given how we've had to wait on some recent rooks(PK comes to mind) do you think they will steer clear of the younger prospects? Or perhaps we've got enough depth to cultivate in certain positions? Makes those 6yr contracts all the more desirable?
  2. Box_O_Rocks

    Box_O_Rocks Supporter Supporter

    Sam, Hill, and Sanders were all juniors who came out early. None has washed out yet (Sam came close but there was a reason he was signed to the Practice Squad after Houston tried him out), which makes it too early to give them a final grade. Sanders may have worked out this year but for injuries, he's done the best of the three actually starting a game in his first year.

    Interim grades:

    Hill (2nd round) = C-: He is trying to beat out the best DL in the NFL for his DE spot, he spent his first year inactive, and even with injuries saw limited playing time this season.

    Sam (5th round) = D: Suspended at the end of 2004, cut out of TC in 2005 and eventually signed to the Practice Squad.

    Sanders (4th round) = B-: Injured out of TC, earned playing time in dime packages until reinjured starting at Denver, came back from injury to play in dime packages again.

    Judging from the track record to date: A junior who measures up to BB's standards will be given a look to see if he is the best fit of the players available on the Pats' draft board.
  3. nickw308810

    nickw308810 On the Game Day Roster

    Vince Wilfork was a junior as well....That has worked out pretty well for us.
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