12th Annual D.W. Toys Trade-a-Rama Round(Pats picks breakdown)

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#23 in Round 1>.New England: Trade: L.A. Rams from New England: Rams select Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU

Patriots get 2nd rounders #52,#57 and TE Tyler Higbee ( 3rd round value) from the Rams and Rams get the Pats 3rd Round #98. The Rams have stated they want to get their other TE Everett more involved. CAP move as well?

Is Higbee worth a mid-range 3rd round pick?

· Higbee had a catch percentage of 77.5%. One dropped pass.

· He was 8th in receiving yards of all TE in 2019 yet he co-started with Gerald Everett.

· His percentage of catches that resulted in first downs were higher than Zach Ertz.

· In his last 5 games of 2019, 4 were over 100 yards per game.

· He had 69 catches and 3 TDs in total

· He is 6’6” and 249 Lbs. He is only 27

· 4.77 speed for the big guy

· Was a WR in College to start

· He is signed until 2023 on a descending contract

· No surprises. Has NFL experience (Super Bowl)

The point value chart says the trade difference for Higbee is a 16th in the third Round

#52 in Round 2>Patriots from Los Angeles Rams: Terrell Lewis, DE/3-4OLB, Alabama: Not the sum of all his parts yet but I would describe Lewis as some Jamie Collins and some Clay Matthews during his best years. Has the ability to blitz and cover at 6’5” and 252 lbs.
  • Length and height are NFL ready.
  • In lone full season in 2019, named to Second-Team, All-SEC.
  • Explosive game speed off the edge.
  • Smart player with draft profiles praising football IQ.
  • Better suited as 3-4 linebacker as opposed to 4-3 defensive end. Good for Pats.
#57 in Round 2> Patriots from L.A. Rams via Houston: Chase Claypool, TE, N. Dame (Texans get WR Brandin Cooks from L.A. Rams) “ Claypool is some sort of receiver/tight end hybrid with freaky athleticism and solid production as a receiver in college. Claypool was dominant at the NFL Scouting Combine. Claypool ran a 4.42 and leaped 40.5” in the vertical jump while weighing 238 pounds”.

· He is 6’5”. He is a couple of Big Macs from George Kittle in weight and the same weight as Giants TE Evan Engram.

· He is a value like Hernandez was as an “H” back style TE.

· The Irish have a top collegiate program and competition

· He was asked to work out as a TE at the combine.

· He caught 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 TDs.

· He played Special Teams for the Irish..nuff said.

#76 in Round 3>New England from Tampa Bay: Bradlee Anae, EDGE, Utah (plus pick #117 in Round 4 from Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay gets WR Julian Edelman plus#125 in Round 4 from the Patriots )

· 6’3” and 265 LBS. 4 year player for Utah

· “High-effort competitor that makes his share of plays simply because of hustle. Attacks the neutral zone with urgency. Has some impressive reps of outstanding snap anticipation and fluid releases out of his stance, that are capable of drawing offensive tackles quickly out of their foot cadence. Initial burst is excellent. Showcases good variety with his hand usage and occasionally times up a perfectly executed cross/chop and club/rip combos that wonderfully complements his initial quickness off the ball. Competes hard for his gap as a run defender and mostly holds his own exchanging power in the trenches when setting the edge. Some really good reps of gap-shooting against the run which accentuates his burst, motor and play strength”.

· Utah’s all time sack leader. 40 tackles for loss and 29.5 sacks in career.

· He has dropped back in coverage.

· Put him across from Winovitch and watch the effort on the pass rush between the two.

· First-team All-Pac-12 … defensive winner of the Morris Trophy, given to the most outstanding defensive lineman as selected by the league's starting offensive linemen … finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award and Polynesian Player of the Year … semifinalist for the Lombardi and Bednarik Awards …

· Team Captain

#87 in Round 3> Van Jefferson, WR, Florida: Quickness, Consistency, Separation, Runs Routes…These are traits that many present and past Patriots receivers did not have. He breaks ankles on patterns. I see a slightly smaller Jordy Nelson. At Kansas State Nelson’s Senior average per catch was 13.2 Yards per catch. Jefferson is 13.4. Jefferson played for two different SEC Teams so he has been pitted against top talent.

  • 6’2” 200 lbs
  • Could not run at the combine but….. Was a star at the Senior Bowl>Zebra Technology, produced a top speed of 21.05 miles per hour during Senior Bowl practices in January - the fastest speed on hand during the event. The three highest following Jefferson - Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay (20.90 MPH), Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims (20.26 MPH), and Memphis hybrid running back/wide receiver Antonio Gibson (20.15 MPH) - all posted 40 yard dash times of 4.39 seconds or better at the Combine in February.
  • Possession Receiver? Nay Nay….
  • Possesses uncommon competitive streak and attitude
  • Above-average release against press
  • Violent hips
  • Alters speed and angles to keep cornerbacks off-balance
  • Agility and foot quickness for complex routes (SEE PATRIOTS)
  • Hand usage is effective and subtle at the top of the route
  • Attention to detail allows him to separate underneath
  • Unique feel for leverage and works hard back to the throw
  • Uses frame and strong hands to protect the catch point
  • Patriots legacy through his father.
#100 in Round 3 (compensatory)> Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming: Former Safety. Would automatically be the Patriots best LB in coverage. Desirable BB traits? 4 year player, Team Captain. 4 down LB. He should be a core special teams member early, but possesses the tangibles and intangibles to become a productive pro as an inside or SAM (strong-side) linebacker.

· 6’2” and 241 LBS

· 62 solo tackles, 43 assists=107 total in 2019

· 4 Interceptions. 7 passes defended

· 4.63 speed and 7.07 cone

· Alert and instinctive pre- and post-snap

· Rarely trapped behind climbing blocks on stretch plays

· Shoots into backside zone gaps looking to make a play

· Quick diagnosis improves range as tackler

· Elite fundamentals as a tackler

· Impressive recognition and ball skills from zone

· Athletic ability to handle some man coverage

· Very similar physical metrics to Luke Kuechly…Yes, he’s not Kuechly though

#117 in Round 4> Carolina from New England via Tampa Bay> Carolina selects Harrison Bryant, TE/HB, FAU. Patriots get Curtis Samuel WR. Panthers also get Matt LaCosse TE (CAP move). Panthers can use TE depth.Pats have a new TE room.

Trade was 2nd pick that New England got from Julian Edelman which was pick #76 and swap of Round 4 picks here.

· 5’11” 194lbs

· 4.31 speed. 37” vertical

· Would start for the Patriots

· Only 23 years old

· Carolina Panthers could be open to trading former second-round pick Curtis Samuel. Panthers just signed WR Robbie Anderson, Pharoh Cooper and Seth Roberts. Samuel can be moved.

· Only a $2 million cap hit next season Final year of contract. Might be only one year rental.

· In his first three seasons, Samuel has notched a total of 108 receptions, 1,236 yards, and 11 touchdowns. Was injured most of rookie season

· 54 Receptions for 627 Yards and 6 TDs in 2019 with mediocre QB situation.

“Has crisp feet for sudden change of direction. Long-strider with deep speed to challenge press coverage over the top. Has two years of kick-return experience”.

#133 in Round 4> New England from Seattle: Matt Hennessy, C, Temple (Seattle gets #204, #212 ,#213 in the 6TH)

Bill Uses extensive Draft capital :

6’4” 307 lbs

  • A better Karras and a much better Ferentz
  • “Awarded single-digit practice jersey as one of the toughest players on the team
  • Flexible lowers and plus athleticism to race and reach on zone
  • Offers ability to pull and get out on screens
  • Works low to high with consistent pad level into contact
  • Leverages and lifts on base blocks
  • Holds his post through double teams
  • Stays after his single blocks with determination to sustain
  • Consistent balance and posture in his pass sets
  • Keeps hands quiet and punch-ready
  • Lands tight punch into frame and immediately gets into mirror mode”
#172. In Round 5> New England: A.J. Dillon, RB/FB, Boston College. Michele is not running over anybody. He had a mediocre 2019. His knees were bad at Georgia so he is on borrowed time.

If Stidam is QB, A.J. Dillon might be Antowain Smith 2001 with 287 rushes for 1,157 yards, 12 TDs and 19 catches. Young Brady counted on his game. Perhaps Stidham will follow that path.

We ran into a guy like this in our last game.

6’0’’ 247 lbs

Dillon impressed with a 4.53 40 and a 41” vertical at 247 lbs

4,382 yards in 3 years.

  • Carries weight easily on big, well-proportioned frame
  • Above-average athletic traits for such a big runner
  • Went for 150-plus rushing yards in almost 42 percent of his career starts
  • Finds paydirt, with 39 career rushing touchdowns
  • Can move piles or leap over them
  • Absorbs contact like a big linebacker
  • Trusts the process and follows design of the rush track
  • Reads block development and acts decisively
  • Has grind-it-out mentality, but pitch plays and outside zone suits him
  • Stiff-arm cleans up the angles on the perimeter
  • Able to sort the rush and find his protection most of the time
  • Size to square and slow charging linebackers
#195. In Round 6> New England: Tanner Muse, OLB/S, Clemson. A younger, faster Ebner S/T maven.


6’2” and 221 lbs

Ran fast 4.41 40

Might have more value than Ebner because he could take some snaps on Defense.

· Had a history at Clemson of finding the football

· Finished with 14 career passes broken up and seven interceptions

· High school center fielder with excellent ball-tracking when the ball goes up

· Savvy and tends to smell a rat during misdirection and trick plays

· Quick to diagnose and trigger downhill against the run

· Good straight-line speed as a linebacker prospect

#230.in Round 7> New England - from Atlanta: Joe Gaziano DE/DT, Northwestern

6’4” 282 LBS

5.1 40

10 sacks as Senior

From Scituate Ma.

Lacrosse star (SEE BB)

“Playing For Patriots Would Be Dream Come True”

· Dominated his senior campaign with ten sacks and a total of 56 yards lost ...

· Racked up a total of 49 tackles on the season

· The all-time sack leader (30) in Northwestern University football history

· No. 3 all-time in Big Ten history in sacks

· Smart BB type kid as well

#241. In Round 7> Chicago from New England – via Seattle: Josiah Deguara, TE, Cincinnati(Patriots get Adam Shaheen TE).

This is an “Oh what the hell” trade

Shaheen needs a change of scenery badly. The Bears did not use him right and his first two years there were too many injuries. This could be a “last chance” for him. BB reclamation project?

6’6” 270lbs

Former 2nd Rounder. 2020 salary is only $800,000. He can catch but at his size coming from a small school like Ashland, was never coached to block. I know Scar is retired but can we have this kid be specially tutored before the season to make this kid “get it”? If we can get just a little bit out of him, he’s worth a flyer.

Think of our “Red Zone” with these new additions!

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Don't like the Terrell Lewis, Bradlee Anae or Joey Gazz picks...Lewis & Anae are First Dynasty 3-4 OLBs, and Gazz is a First Dynasty 3-4 DE...but we don't play that no more.


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