Choose, Snooze, or Refuse: OG

Danny Watkins NFL Draft

Where will a 26-year old rookie fit in our look at guards?

For the next ten days, until the 2011 NFL Draft is upon us, we’ll be going over ten positions that the Patriots might look at. We’ll give you who the Patriots should choose early, late (snooze), or not at all (refuse).

Chime in with your choices in the comments section.

Choose – Danny Watkins, Baylor

He hasn’t had a chance to develop any bad habits due to only playing football for a handful of years. He has experience at left tackle. He has an elite work-ethic. Add it all together and you get a near prototypical lineman for New England.

If he makes it to #33, I’d expect the Patriots to pull the trigger.

Snooze – Will Rackley, Lehigh

Rackley has worked out with the Patriots twice, with Coach Scarnecchia checking out his athleticism more than once. He has tons of upside, but he might not be much of a sleeper anymore.

We’d love the Patriots to be able to grab him in the 3rd or 4th rounds, but he may be gone by the 2nd.

Refuse – Mike Pouncey, Florida

We’d merely refuse to pay such a high price for Pouncey. He’ll probably be a decent guard, but to us, he isn’t the clean prospect that Maurkice was.

His center skills aren’t as developed and he reportedly (although it is April, the month of lies) has some injury issues as well. If he lasted to the 2nd round we’d have no problems with Coach Belichick selecting him, but he won’t make it that far.

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7 Responses to “Choose, Snooze, or Refuse: OG”

  1. AM says:

    I’d choose Rodney Hudson in the 2nd or 3rd round–undersized, but a fantastic player otherwise, and he has long term potential at center if needed. “Snooze” on Andrew Jackson out of Fresno State. He’s quick, aggressive, and coachable, and injury concerns will probably cause him to drop to the 6th or 7th round (I imagine we’ll pick up a 7th rounder somewhere along the way). I’d join in refusing Pouncey at 17–not that he’s a bad player at all, but there’s so much depth at guard in this draft that it’s worth waiting.

  2. Phil says:

    I am liking Marcus Cannon in the 2nd-3rd RD. Solid player with good balance and strength. And part of a line that lost very few games in college. Another “snoozer” per haps…Rodney Hudson…thoughts?

    • AM says:

      Love Rodney Hudson in the 2nd or 3rd round. I think he could step in and start at right guard by midseason, or kick inside to center in a year or two.

  3. CC says:

    Watkins: By the time his rookie contract is up, he’ll already be pretty up there in the age bracket. Go with a better/younger choice. Unless you feel he’ll be worth the initial contract, then dump him.

    • Jared says:

      Agreed….im not taking a rookie who will be 30 the first time hes up for contract, everyone says hes a Bill Belichick guy, but i cant see Mr.Value soending a top 33 pick on that guy, i dont care how good he is.

  4. Jeff V says:

    Gotta agree with your reasoning….Pouncey is getting his brothers hype but he is not his brother. If you can get Rackley in the 3rd…GREAT but why reach on a player that hasnt played among the best in college to this point. The safest pick is Watkins and looks like he should be able to jump in and contribute day 1.

  5. j says:

    I like Watkins but 26 years old is pretty old for an early round prospect. Personally, I think Clint Boling is a younger Watkins, someone who can play Guard and Tackle. I think Clint Boling is the pick at #60!

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