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Discussion in 'Patriots Draft Talk' started by kurtinelson, Apr 16, 2019.

  1. kurtinelson

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    OLB is not a position that has gotten much focus, but worth considering that there could be a few draft gems out there that can rush the passer and/or do well in coverage. Honestly, I don't have much of a clue as to who would fit the Patriot's system.

    Do the Patriots still covet large OLBs (240+lbs)?

    Do any of the bigger guys project as pass rushing DEs?

    Do any of the smaller guys work as a SS replacement for Chung?
     
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    I think it's more a matter of the depth chart + scheme than anything. KVN is locked in to a starting role and is still ascending. I expect 2019 to be his best season. We rarely play with more than two linebackers anymore, preferring the versatility of additional defensive backs on the field. KVN + Bentley seem like starters, with Hightower potentially taking more EDGE snaps.

    I expect some developmental depth. If we want cover linebackers, Ulysses Gilbert, Drue Tranquil, and Ty Summers are my preferences. Hybrid rushers that might interest me: Jamal Davis, Gerri Green, Justin Hollins, etc.

    As an aside, that may be the worst list of OLB ranking I've seen. All over the place. Seems highly outdated.

    Edit: I should add that we've met with or hosted a few linebackers, but they all seem to be ILB. Maybe I'm forgetting a visit, but we don't seem to have put much work into the OLB position.

    I wouldn't mind Joseph, though. His mental game is a mess (poor reads, overruns a lot), but when he gets it right, he makes some incredibly flashy plays. Doesn't sound like a do your job type at all, but I love watching him.
     
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    I really like Germiane Pratt on Day 2, but we have other, more pressing needs inside the top 100 and I just don't see how we can fit him within our first 6 picks.
    I'll be on the lookout to see which if any among Cameron Smith, Cody Barton, Ty Summers & Drew Tranquill are still available with our 6th-rounder.
     
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    Tranquill at 101 or 134 would be great
     
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    We might need both 101 & 134 for other positions such as WR2, TE2, OL, DE & DT; there should still be some interesting LBs available at 205 (where I chose Tranquill in the latest mock I tried at Fanspeak) and/or our 7ths.
     

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