Choose, Snooze, or Refuse: Safety

Tyler Sash NFL Draft

Iowa City is becoming crowded with mid-round value.

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: Tyler Sash, Iowa

“The Sash-quatch”, as he is known in Iowa, would instantly become a fan favorite in New England. He is an athletic specimen that will make huge plays on special teams – blocking kicks, creating fumbles, big hits, and more.

That said, he is a bit limited in his back-pedal and other technical aspects of the coverage game. He has great instincts though, and we’re cautiously optimistic that he could develop into a great 3rd safety prospect in the NFL. Sash is probably a borderline Top-100 guy at this point and would be a great value at pick 125.

Snooze: Mana Silva, Hawaii

Silva recently met with the Patriots, who had to be impressed with his incredible Pro Day (4.4 / 40″ vertical / 23 Reps) and eight interceptions as a senior. Silva will likely be a 6th or 7th rounder, where the Patriots could look to add a developmental safety.

Refuse: Will Hill, Florida

We all know of Coach Belichick’s affinity for Florida Gators, but we expect that love to only run so far. Hill has some distinct off-the-field problems while not having much of an impact on the field. Not a great combination.

If the Patriots are going to draft any Florida DB, we’d expect it to be Ahmad Black.


12 Responses to “Choose, Snooze, or Refuse: Safety”

  1. Jaxon's Dad says:

    Tyler is always around the ball, extremely tough in goaline situations. Has that Eric Weddell swagger. I totally agree with your accessment. 3 other Safeties to consider are Quinton Carter (OU), Jaiquan Jarrett (Temple), and Deunta Williams (UNC).

  2. prioris says:


  3. Jared says:

    I say refuse all together, they have 3 starting safeties under contract already, And if they need another one, I think they would be better off getting a veteran back there from free-agency, theres plenty, and they usually come pretty cheap.

    • Jim R says:

      Not to worry BIG BANG CLOCK will rock this year.

      • Jared says:

        I love the BIG BANG CLOCK as much as anyone does. But Meriweather the safety, hasn’t, and probably never will develop into the safety we thought he could be.
        To sum up my opinion of Meriweather after watching every game his played in the last 4 seasons. Its simple, he is NEVER there in time to make a play, he is always step late. he will lay a bog hit when he gets there, i’ll give you that. But makes the same mistakes now than he did back in his rookie season. Rodney Harrison was never has fast as Meriweather, yet, he found a way to get there in time.

  4. AM says:

    Not a great safety class this year, but I definitely agree on choosing Sash and refusing Hill. There aren’t really many sleepers, but one who might be worth a snooze is Adrian Moten from Maryland. He’s an OLB, but at 225-ish with low 4.6 range speed, he might be a good conversion project. He has good hands–four interceptions last year–and he should be available late, possibly even as a UDFA.

    • NEPD says:

      One other guy I’d add would be Mark LeGree from App State. Good player.

      • AM says:

        I don’t know much about him at all, but I’m definitely a fan of small school guys who dominate but fly a bit under the radar. Based on what little information I could dig up, he looks like a really interesting pick for the Pats in the 6th round. How did you get the tip on him? Is there a particular source who talked him up, or did you just catch his game film?

        • NEPD says:

          All-Star game tape and one actual 2010 game (Florida). According to a (very biased) source close to LeGree, he may go as high as the 4th round.

  5. Ryan Buske says:

    In my opinion Speed as a FS/SS is necessarily everything, I think a good first step, an understanding of where the ball will be and insticts are what makes a good safety. Dont get me wrong speed is definitely an advantage.

    • Phil says:

      like both of these guys…i could see BB going on run on Hawaii’s skill guys lol…Alex Green, Greg Salas, and Mana Silva could help our team out in huge ways. Then get Oline from Wisconsin, and LB from AZ…and that’s it LOL All needs addressed with 3 schools, all available in different rounds. only 6 more days! Go Pats!

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