Draft needs (post-free agency spree)
- From: "MZ" <nospam@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 17:23:31 -0500
Here are the positions I'd like to see the Pats fill in the draft. Since I
know nothing about college football, I'm going to pretend that all positions
are equally stocked and that a good player at the given position will be
available when the Pats pick.
1A. OT -- A bit unconventional, but the first round is the only place where
you can get an impact tackle. The hope would be that they get a McNeil type
of player here for LT and move Light to RT, with Kaczur and O'Callaghan
backing up the two positions. Or they might be able to get a good deal by
picking up a pure RT, a position that's undervalued compared to LT in
today's NFL. I believe that the offensive line is one of their biggest
trouble spots despite having good names (perhaps a bit overrated?) at 4 of
the 5 spots. Maroney and Faulk need holes to be effective.
1B. SS -- They need the Rodney replacement. And with Rodney still on the
roster, it'd be the perfect time to groom one. Let Wilson start at FS and
Rodney at SS. If the rookie is brilliant right out of the gate, then Wilson
can split time at CB and the rookie plays safety.
3. CB -- I've typically been against taking corners in the 1st round (higher
bust rate than other positions). I think the Pats are pretty much set at
the position for '07. But Asante probably won't be kept on beyond this year
and they'll need his replacement. They've had a reasonable amount of
success drafting CBs between the 2nd and 4th rounds, so they should use this
pick on one, perhaps moving up to grab the right guy in the 2nd round if
4. TRADE -- This pick could be used to move their 3rd rounder up a little if
necessary, depending on what they get in compensatory picks. It's
speculated that they'll receive at least one 4th round compensatory pick
(which can't be traded).
4 (comp.) LB -- They need to groom a young LB to replace Bruschi.
Preferably they find an ILB with this pick, but they could find use for an
edge-rushing OLB too.
5th-7th rounds. It's difficult to predict what they'll receive in these
rounds for compensation picks, so I'll list the three positions where I'd
like to see a late round pick spent:
OG - According to the football outsiders report, teams have a lot of success
drafting interior offensive linemen in the late rounds. They need a road
grader backup guard -- basically, what they were looking for last year with
Dan Stevenson. I'm not a very big Yates fan to be honest, so I think they
need a guy who can step into the primary backup role leaving Hochstein to
just backup the center position. They might even find a gem even at such a
TE - They'll need the eventual Kyle Brady replacement if he doesn't live up
to expectations. Even so, his contract is only for two years and he's not
getting any younger.
DB - They'll still need to add another CB or a S to the current roster.
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