Darft Analysis Part I
- I here that Tom Curran gave us a "D" for our draft ...
I am always frustrated during and immediately after
the draft because I have studied these players for
months and used multiple sources to compile lists of
prospects, only to see the professionals take someone
else. I do my analysis the day after so I have had
time to cool down and absorb what has just transpired.
Overall Grade: A-
Friday started with the possibility of a trade for
Randy Moss. By the end of the weekend thats all that
people can talk about. The Red Sox were playing the
Yankees who cares The Patriots, the team America
loves to hate, has Randy Moss!
Everyone raise their hand that would trade Deion
Branch and our 1st round 2007 selection (#28) for
Brandon Merriweather, a 2008 mid 1st round pick and
Randy Moss. That is essentially what the Patriots
did. They took the trade of their own selection for a
1st next year (with an improving team) and a 4th (110)
in 2007. They traded the 4th (110) to get Moss. Nice
Deal, especially for a draft that everyone consider
weak. However, the cost was winning the Super Bowl in
2006! If we had Branch, I am convinced we would have
At #24, my pick would have been Griffin but as I
feared he was gone well before our selection.
Merriweather was not on my draft board because of his
off field incident of firing a weapon (self defense).
Was he a hero saving his friends life or is he someone
that will always attract that element? Time will
tell. I didnt question his ability, just his
character. Belicheck seems certain that Merriweather
has turned the corner. In Bill We Trust. Have
another drink of Kool Aid. At least I got the
position right. Congrats to Brunat and lil Jake for
correctly nailing this selection. That pick put
Brunat over the top, sealing the Bama Draft Contest
How about this deal Ill trade you a 2nd round and
7th round selection this year for a WR (Wes Welker)
that we had to double team last year to stop him. He
led the Dolphins in reception and would have led the
Patriots too. Oh and he is a fearless punt returner
too! We dont have to face him anymore. You are
going to double team him and leave Randy Moss and
Dante Stallworth in single coverage?
In the third round I feel the player the Patriots were
eying was scoffed up just before them. Usama Young CB
Akron went early and the Patriots didnt have the
juice to make trades. The bulk of their picks were
compensatory selections that couldnt be touched.
Furthermore, I dont think anyone wanted to deal with
the Patriots moving up. I would have loved to see
Tony Hunt here! Getting Oaklands 3rd round next year
(should be near the front of the round) and a 7th for
our trouble was brilliant. It also indicated what the
Patriots brain trust thought of this draft. PUNT ! I
was calling for MLB Zak DeOssie at this point after
Hunt was taken right before us by Philly. As I said
in my 1st day projection, DeOssie would not last until
our 4th round selection at #127. He was selected by
the NY Giants, a team in which his father also played
for. Did the Patriots not take him by design? The
pressure on DeOssie to play in his home town, with his
father a member of the media, and his relationship
with the head coach might have been too much to bear.
Go and get three seasons under your belt and we will
talk when you are a Free Agent.
Moss trade dominates Day Two. I didnt realize how
bad this draft class was until I saw the Patriots
selections. They had the luxury of taking chances
with players that have little or no chance of making
the opening day roster. Their best bet is showing
enough to make the Practice Squad.
Kareem Brown is a perfect example. He plays four
years at Miami. Is a heralded recruit but is
inconsistent until his senior year. His eleven sacks
led the ACC. This from a DT. His 20.5 career sacks
are 2nd all time for a DT at the U. The defense
played very well for Miami last year and their poor
record was not their fault. Brown was Defensive MVP
(not Merriweather, Beason or Atkins). He needs work,
but is a space eater. Strong and pushes the pocket,
collapsing it into the QB. Has long arms and big
hands delivering a good hard hand punch. With some
coaching we might have something or he could be gone
in year. Trick or Treat?
With both punters gone (Podlesh in round 4 and
Sepulveda earlier in round 5) and unable or unwilling
to move up, the Patriots selected unknown Colorado St
Left Tackle Clint Oldenburg (6 5 300lb 5.25). He
was originally a TE, moved to D line as a Sophomore,
then started 34 games at LT. Has big arms, thighs
and calves and could still add a nother 20 lbs.
Academic all conference two years in a row. Coaches
son and a professed Patriots fan.
This little snippet appeared on the Patriots Website
in the Ask PFW: the draft is coming section 4/24/07
"I just want to say thanks for the great job. I read
your post every week. I'm a huge Patriots fan residing
in Colorado so as you can imagine I take a lot of heat
from the locals. This is a difficult question I'm sure
but my brother is a late round prospect out of
Colorado State University named Clint Oldenburg he's a
tackle, what are your thoughts on Clint's prospects in
this draft and perhaps on him becoming a Patriot? I
admire your honesty with all player evaluations, so
please don't hold back."
Well Lee, since you are Clints brother Im sure
youre aware that he was athletic enough to play some
tight end at Colorado State in 2003. Oldenburgs
athleticism and versatility reminds us a lot of Tom
Ashworth. Granted, Ashworth is far from a Pro Bowl
player but he was a decent contributor for a Super
Bowl team. Lets be honest, his chances of getting
drafted are slim. However, Oldenburg does possess the
qualities New England looks for in its offensive
lineman projects, so signing him as an undrafted free
agent isnt out of the question. I think youre best
bet is your brother makes it onto a practice squad for
a team with a good offensive line coach who can take
his raw skills and turn him into a stronger, more
complete player. Good luck.
Absolutely correct Tom ... a year or two at the Dante
School of Olineman is exactly what the doctor ordered.
"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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