In our last edition of CSR before the 2011 NFL Draft, 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: Aldon Smith, Missouri
If Smith falls to the 17th pick, I’d take a chance on him. Any DE/OLB conversion is a risk, so having five other picks in the top 100 certainly would help blunt that.
Smith should be a disruptive force in the NFL. His size, length, agility, and motor will put him in the top ten sack leaders for the foreseeable future in our opinion.
Snooze: Jeremy Beal, Oklahoma / KJ Wright, Mississippi State
If the Patriots want to choose a safer route than Smith, which we think they will do, they might want to pick a couple of mid-round DE/OLB’s instead.
Beal and Wright both have excellent work-ethics and motors. Wright is more polished in the coverage game, although Beal does have experience both playing 4-3 LB and 3-4 OLB.
As we’ve said before, Beal is a football player. If he lasts until Saturday due to the lack of athleticism he displayed this post-season, it will result in an absolute steal for some NFL team.
Refuse: Von Miller, Texas A&M
Our dislike for Miller is well-known. He might be a fine player in some systems, but I would absolutely refuse to trade up to get a linebacker that can’t handle getting blocked.