NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
Who were the big winner during the combine? What wide receivers might the Patriots target in free agency? Which players in this draft do I not like?
Those are some of the questions I’ll be answering in my weekly “Too Long For Twitter” Friday mailbag where I take questions from Twitter that warrant, deserve or need answers longer than 140 characters
If you have a question about anything, tweet it to me @DougKyed, and I’ll try to include it in the column on Friday. If you aren’t on Twitter, feel free to throw in a question in the comments section.
I can’t see it. I’d take Vincent Jackson over Mike Wallace, but I don’t see the Patriots spending that much on a wide receiver in free agency.
Of course, I never would have expected the Patriots to trade for Wes Welker and Randy Moss in the same offseason, so you never really know what they’re going to do.
My problem with signing a guy like Jackson or Wallace to such a big deal is that they won’t be as valuable to the Patriots as they would be to other teams. Brady already spreads the ball around so much between Hernandez, Gronkowski and Welker, would those guys really get enough targets to warrant such a big deal?
I don’t think so.
I keep going back to it, but this is such a deep WR class, that the Pats could grab a couple of great receivers in the second and fourth rounds and really be set at that position for a while.
Knowing the Pats? They’ll trade their 31st pick for Mike Wallace and you’ll be hearing me go on and on about how mad I am about it until September.
It’s Dontari Poe. He was already a heralded prospect coming in to the draft, but his insane measureables really pushed his stock over the edge. You’re going to be seeing him mocked in the top ten more and more leading up to the draft.
What stands out to me about Poe and his combine performance is that he may be a better 5-technique prospect than a NT if he’s going to be drafted into a 3-4. He played both positions in college, but I saw better success from him when he wasn’t expected to go up against double teams.
I’m still very undecided on Poe. He has incredible upside based on his athleticism, but it never really showed at Memphis in his game tape or his stat sheet. Poe had trouble getting a push against even Conference-USA offensive linemen, and really got pushed back in double teams.
Call me crazy, but a 346 lb man who can bench 500 pounds and squat 700, while running like a linebacker should probably have better stats against guys who likely couldn’t crack a UFL roster. But who knows what will happen when NFL coaches get their hands on him.
Hill’s a similar prospect to Poe. He’s got all (but the short shuttle) the measureables, but he’s still a pretty unknown commodity.
I figured Hill would have a great combine, but I would be lying if I said I expected a 40 time in the 4.3s.
I think the combine might boost him from a consensus 3/4th rounder to maybe a 2/3rd. For me, I’d still only take him in the third. He’s a decent run blocker, and he’s maybe the best field stretcher in the draft, but he’s got some major questions with his hands, and even bigger ones with his limited route running.
I think he’s definitely a player the Patriots will look at, but he’s not a guy that I would want before the 4th round for the Patriots.
The Pats need guys who can come in right away, run a full route tree, have experience in a pro style offense, pick the playbook quickly and be used all over the field. That’s not Stephen Hill.
If you want more reason to be afraid of Hill? How about these names, because he fits in the same mold: Bethel Johnson, Chad Jackson, Taylor Price, Brandon Tate.
::runs away screaming::
Great question, I’ve pondered this before. Last year it was Mark Ingram. I hated the idea of spending a first on a running back, and I wasn’t too pleased with the idea of spending a 2nd and a third on one as well.
This year, there’s a few players that could be available down where the Patriots are picking that I wouldn’t be happy about.
Mohamed Sanu: I don’t think he offers much that the Patriots don’t already have. I’ve asked the question many times, but what would Sanu give New England that Aaron Hernandez doesn’t already give them? I want a player who can make things happen after the catch, and Sanu isn’t that guy.
Jerrel Worthy: Doesn’t fit the system, likely only a 4-3 DT.
Mike Adams: Not a huge Adams fan and the last thing I want the Patriots to do is draft another tackle in the first round. If Marcus Cannon were in this draft, I’d like him more than Adams.
Zach Brown: I only see him as a WLB, not a 3-4 OLB.
Whitney Mercilus: Not an every down player, doesn’t have the skills required for a first rounder.
Other than that, I’ll be fine with the players currently projected as first rounders. What I would be the most aggravated with is if they severely reach for anyone.