11) While researching players who may fit the Patriots scheme in this year’s draft, I remembered something we learned during the 2010 NFL Draft. In the third round of the draft the Patriots had back to back picks in the third round, picks #89 and #90. The Patriots used one of those picks on Ohio WR Taylor Price (ugh) and then traded the other pick to Carolina (which turned out to be the #1 pick in the 2011 second round).
Right after the draft there was an article on Profootballtalk.com, saying the Patriots were about to pick USC DE Everson Griffen, before the Cardinals offered their second round pick to them.
Why is this important this year? Well if you look at USC DE Nick Perry, his measurables and his production are almost identical if not better player than Everson Griffen was. Both players measured in at 6’3″ tall. Griffen weighed 273 pounds, Perry 271 pounds. Perry has 33″ arms, Griffen 32 5/8″ arms. Perry ran a 4.64, Griffen a 4.66. Both players played similar roles in USC’s defense and entered the draft after one year of big production. Griffen’s junior year he posted 43 Tackles and 7 Sacks. Perry posted 42.5 tackles and 9.5 sacks. It’s absolutely scary how similar their measurables and production are.
With the Patriots ready to pick Griffen in 2010, you have to think just based on the numbers alone that Nick Perry would be of interest to them.
12) I have yet to touch on the Peyton Manning situation and I will touch on it here for the first and last time. I think it’s really unfortunate to see Peyton Manning being treated the way he is by the Colts. Peyton Manning single handily won the Colts a Super Bowl Championship and is the reason why they have a beautiful new stadium. There is no doubt in my mind this whole situation is going to fuel Manning, as he will not want to go out this way.
I see him being released within the next week and signing with another team before the draft. I expect Peyton to have at least one to two more years of big time production and will make the Colts miss him for a little while at least. The team that I think makes the most sense for Peyton is Arizona, as they already have some pieces in place, with Larry Fitzgerald.
Where ever Peyton goes, I could see Reggie Wayne following him. If Peyton Manning goes to Arizona and teams up with Larry Fitzgerald and brings Reggie Wayne with them all Arizona has to do is upgrade their OL through the draft (DeCastro or Martin) and they are instant contenders.
13) Michael Floyd is a player to watch over the next two months as he is the one WR who really helped himself this week. Floyd was the one WR who went through every drill and performed better than expected. Unlike Justin Blackmon, he ran his 40 and ran it fast at 4.42. Floyd could now argue that he is the best all-around WR in this draft. With his production throughout his four years at Notre Dame, his size and now his speed substantiated, he doesn’t have many holes in his profile.
Floyd is someone who could go as high as #7 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, and regardless if he goes there or not, I don’t think he lasts much longer than that.
14) The happiest person in the world that St. Louis is trading out of the #2 spot is Vikings GM Rick Spielman. The Vikings more than almost any team in the league need a LT, as Charley Johnson is pathetic.
If the Rams were going to stay at #2, odds are that they take USC OT Matt Kalil, who proved this past weekend that he is by far the best OT prospect in the draft. However, with the Rams trading out of #2 with a team coming up and getting RG3 it will allow Kalil to slip right into the Viking’s arms at #3.
15) Lastly, I just wanted to touch on a couple players I really like in this draft that I feel like are not getting enough love. Louisiana-Lafayette CB Dwight Bentley, who is like a Janoris Jenkins-lite and South Carolina S Antonio Allen. Both are secondary players who I feel like will be drafted in the third round, but can make an immediate impact in the NFL.
Allen may end up being the best SS in this draft class and was really overshadowed on the South Carolina defense. Bentley is a similar type player to Janoris Jenkins and ran a blazing 4.37, Bentley had a good week in Mobile and backed it up at the combine.
* Note: All forty times I used in this article are the “unofficial” 40’s which are the hand times. For some reason this year from people I talk to both agents and other scouts consider the official times very inaccurate. Most teams use their own hand times and average them together to get an aggregate forty time on a player. The electronic timing system seems to start the time on first twitch, so if a player moves there arm or head prematurely their time will be negatively effected, hence the use of the hand times.