IMO you have to trust our staff. A couple of the picks seemed
unusual but only time will tell the reasons why this particular group
of players was selected. As fans, we have limited information, and
rightly so. It is a need-to-know situation when seeking leverage
against your opponents. Only those deemed to actually NEED the info
will get it from BB. Everybody else must gleen what they can from
rumors & inuendo. Bottom line is, Wait and see.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, kmacalp@... wrote:
> <Frank> All depends upon one's criteria. What works in our system
may not be
> what the "experts" consider to be "best available.
> <Scott> Football intelligence, leadership, and film study habits
seem to be
> part of the Patriots' criteria. Here are some of the comments about
> his draft page at _http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/jerod-mayo?
> "Mayo is a student of the game, spending hours working on his
> practice and watching game film. He also has a natural feel for
the game to
> put him right in position to make the play."
> "Smart athlete who calls defensive signals"
> Here are some comments about CB Terrence Wheatley from
> (http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/terrence-wheatley?id=328) :
> "Has a keen understanding of the playbook, but will still spend
> dissecting plays to discover ways to improve his technique..."
> "Hard worker in the training room who also puts in extra hours
> "Dependable field leader who will spend extra time mentoring the
> players (has a bit of Troy Vincent in him, as he tries to
> assignments of every position)...Could possibly make a good
coaching candidate one
> day due to his grasp of the playbook..."
> By comparison, Wilhite, the corner we took in the 4th round, is a
> but appears weaker in those areas than Wheatley. Also, I'm not
sure where I
> read it, but I'm pretty sure I heard that Wheatley was calling his
> defenses at one point even though he played corner instead of a
> like safety. The Pats seem to put a higher value on the mental
aspects of the
> game than others do. That might have made Mayo a better prospect
> Rivers for them.
> I'm really enthused about Shawn Crable, the linebacker we took in
> He possesses tremendous athleticism. Many of his negatives relate
> weight and tendency to get his pads too high at times. At 6'5 and
a half, he only
> weighs 243 pounds. However, many observers feel he can bulk up to
> losing any of his speed and agility. Some people believe that
> antiquated strength and conditioning program has a lot to do with
> current lack of bulk. If Crable can add quality bulk, we will have
> gotten all the physicality we coveted in Gholston. The difference
is that we'd
> have it in a guy with a full time motor and who already knows how
> outside linebacker.
> Scott Sheaffer
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