Re: [patriotzip] Draft Analysis and Trade Evaluation
- ***** Thanks, John. You saved me some typing! I agree with nearly
everything you said here. My comments on your take:
--- John Warren <packy001@...> wrote:
> Here is my take on the Draft and Trade:***** I had the same initial reaction, and "thoughtful" correction. I'm
> Graham - initially I was pissed that hey took a TE
> when they had 6 already and the Draft was deep in TE's
> (I think 23 were drafted and a bunch more will be
> signed as UFA). But when I looked at it rationally, I
> realized it was a good move. There were about 20
> players rated as sure fire 1st round picks. The Pats
> traded up to get a Quality TE. Because of the
> plethora of TE's available, Graham may have been
> de-valued. He is fast, not as big (6'3" 245) and a
> good downfield blocker. Needs to work on his in-line
> blocking. Can you envision him as a WR rather than
> TE? Split him out one on one against a DB. Just a
confident that his blocking will improve. He has the attitude, just
needs the instruction. I'm also confident that we'll see him split, as
well as in tight. I can see some intitial 2-TE formations, where he
shifts wide. How does a Red Zone formation with Hayes at WR, Cleeland
and Graham at TE, Antowain Smith at RB, and Edwards at FB sound to you?
Talk about options!!
> Branch - a definite reach here. I didn't like this***** I see TC competition between Branch and Givens for the KR job.
> selection at all. Especially with Saleem Rasheed
> sitting there. They need LB's and could have taken a
> WR later. Branch has positives, he is more quick than
> fast. His times at the combine were tops in the
> shuttle runs, which measures change of direction and
> quickness. He was very productive at Louisville
> catching 72 passes this year. He will help on special
(Didn't see your Givens comments as I write this.) *If* the "hands"
concern is not really a problem, this will be a good pick. A 4/5 WR,
who is a good KR/PR man will get no criticism from me. We'll just have
to wait and see on the "hands" issue. I also would have taken Rasheed
here, personally. But I haven't coached a team to a SB, so I'll sit
down and shut up until we see Branch play!
> Davey - This was the signal that Drew was gone. I***** Nothing much to add on Davey. I concur. I like him. I think BB
> must admit I liked McCown better. When he was taken,
> the Patriots had to jump up and select Davey. He
> really came on last year, against tough competition.
> He has good mechanics and touch. My concern about him
> is his weight. He is so big. I didn't realize he was
> 6'3" with all that weight he carries. (just wish we
> made the trade with Buffalo and got #36 Josh Reed).
> Can develop into a quality QB.
will get his weight where he wants it.
> Green - The more I look at him the better I like this***** Exactly! The Sporting News actually said he "might be the best
> pick. I didn't realize what a good player he was,
> playing at that high level of competition. He also
> had 20 career sacks. He is more known as a run
> stuffer, camparible to Bobby Hamilton. Does anyone se
> the connection here? Another player selected from a
> Nick Saban team. (Whats the matter with Trev Faulk?)
run stopping DE in the draft"! I commented yesterday that this is
"Bobby Hamilton in training." I'm very enthused about this pick, and
think he'll turn out to be a steal from the end of R4!
> Womack - An absolutely wasted pick. He has a torn ACL***** Total roll of the dice. Which, I suppose, is OK for a SB
> from the gridiron classic all star game. He cannot
> play at all this year. He had good speed and
> toughness, a weghtroom warrior. Avg 5.1 a carry, and
> could have been something. Missed 7 games his senior
> year with an ankle problem, then came back for the
> last game against Penn St and ran for 151 yds.
> Strictly 2003.
Championship team in R7. But this really is the ultimate "if" pick! :-)
> Givens - Can play all over the field. An athlete.***** Yup. As I noted above, I think he has a good shot at the KR job.
> Not overly productive at any position. Played manly
> WR, but also threw 5 passes, RB and rec. ST ace, on
> KO. If he makes the team it's strictly because of his
> versatility and special teams play.
Very possible, IMO, that both he and Branch stick. WR corps right now
looks like: Hayes, Brown, Patten, Coleman, Branch, Givens.
> The Trade - My sources stated that an offer was agreed***** I also liked that R2 now and conditional R2-R1 in 2003, John, for
> to on Saturday for #36 and a conditional pick in 2003
> (not sure what the conditions were or how high the
> pick was) and that the Patriots backed out of it.
> This offer came after pick #32 which Washington used
> to select Patrick Ramsey (as I had correctly predicted
> see my website mock draft). Buffalo was going to use
> #36 on Ramsey. If the deal was 2 this year and 2
> (with the same conditions of Bledsoe starting 12 games
> and the Bills making the playoffs for a #1) then Bill
> Bellichk really blew it. Getting a #1 for Drew was
> great. However the Bills are a much better team now.
> They gave us all we could handle both times we played
> them last year. Belichik must be pretty confident
> that he knows how to beat Bledsoe. BB exposed all his
> weaknesses when he was D coordinator for the Jets and
> everyone team in the league saw it and adapted his
> scheme exposing Bledsoe. I just would have liked to
> see Josh Reed here rather than Deion Branch. That
> would have meant Saleem Rasheed would be here too!
the same reasons you state. Although, I probably would have gone DE
with #32, then Rasheed with #36. But, it's done. And I am happy with
the R1 next season as a good deal. Much will depend upon how Branch
turns out for a final evaluation of the decision to pass on the first
George 665 + 36 =
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