I know its early and Free Agency will effect how teams
draft. I like to project who I would take if I were
the GM. I use two ranking systems and pick according
to the Patriots selections. In addition I have
factored in the Compensatory Picks as well based upon
the projection that Miguel proivided.
Great Blue North Top 200
21 Manny Lawson DE/LB NC St.
52 Darrell Bing SS USC
75 Jerious Norwood RB Miss St
86 Jason Avany WR Mich
106 Garrett Mills FB/TE Tulsa
118 Mike Haas WR Oregon St
137 Montavious Stanley DT Louisville
194 Wil Montgomery C Virginia Tech
206 Tim McGarigle ILB Northwestern *
207 Jeremy Bloom WR Colorado **
228 Brad Butler OT Vorginia *
* Taken from NFL Draft Scout since GBN does not list
beyong #200 yet
** Not listed in top 200
NFL Draft Scout
21 Manny Lawson DE/LB NC St.
52 Jerious Norwood RB Miss St
75 Dusty Dvoracek DT Oklahoma
86 Jason Avant WR Mich
106 Mike Haas WR Oregon St
118 Andrew Whitworth OT LSU
137 Jeremy Bloom WR Colorado
194 Dion Byrun CB Ohio
206 Garrett Mills FB/TE Tulsa
207 Tim McGarigle ILB Northwestern
228 Wil Montgomery C Virginia Tech
As you can see there is a wide disparity of when the
two "experts" think Bloom, Mills, and Momtgomery will
be drafted. I realize I have 3 WR's listed in what is
considered a bad year for WR's. However, Avant and
Haas were the two WR's that stuck out to me in
reviewing the combine, especially Avant. The ball
stuck to Avants large hands. He has a reputation for
running great routes and he is big. Haas is more of a
vertical receiver. Bloom is a curioity pick that
could pay off big time. He missed all last year
because the NCAA banned him from playing. He was
receiving money from endorsements for the US Ski Team
and competed in Torino in Moguls skiing. He went from
the Olympics to the combine and posted a 4.49 with a
weeks training. He had 7 plays at Colorado of over 75
yards and is a great punt returner.
Norwood was the best back in the SEC and has only
fumbled 4 times in his three years as a starter for a
not very good Mississippi St team. He fumbled once in
last 17 games.
Lawson is a Willie replacement (hopefully not this
year). He is one of the fastest risers on the draft
board after his spectatcular peformance at the
Mills is small for TE at a little over 6' 1". However
he is a great pass catcher and a moive to FB is what
is being projected. He is compared to Larry Centers
for his pass catching ability.
Stanley has some imjury concerns but if healthy je
could step in for Wilfork and give him a breather.
McGarigle was a finalist for the Butkus award and has
to be smart if he went to Northwestern.
Byrum has good speed and may be a bit of a sleeper.
Whitworth is a big mobile LT 4 year starter at LSU and
noone has started more games for LSU in their
Dvoracek has a nasty streak to him. He sat out all
last year for disciplinary reasons. He has been
acquitted of those charges. He showed in the Senior
Bowl that he has what it takes tio play at the next
level. He also had a great combine workout.
Montgomery is very strong tying the previous record of
44 reps at 225#'s. He is also considered very smart
and heady player that can play OG as well.
Butler I threw in here because he is the guy that gave
Mathias Kiwinuka the cheapshot to his knee and
eventually got him to lose his composure and get him
thrown out of the game. That game was suppossed to be
the great matchup of D'Brickshaw Ferguson vs Kiwanuka.
Ferguson was hurt and Kiwanuka got manhandled by
Butler. That was before the cheap shot to the back of
Kiwanuka's leg. He is worth the gamble.
"It's beocome quite apparent, Bill Belichick could put Diet Pepsi Machine in his secondary and everything will still be copasetic." - Rich Eisen NFL Network
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