NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
Who’s the bestter QB prospect? What scheme does Courtney Upshaw fit into? Which free agent wide receivers might the Patriots be interested in?
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 @DougKyedNEPD, 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.
@DougKyedNEPD 5-10 years from now, Mallett vs Luck… Who wins?
I like Mallett a lot, and his stock will keep growing the longer he stays out of trouble on the Patriots, but it’s Luck, no question.
I know that Mallett has been a good citizen on the Pats, but questions do still exist about his past and about his character that will likely never be ignored.
Mallett may have the bigger arm, but Luck’s got the accuracy, poise, skill in reading the defense, mobility and technique down like few other QB prospects we’ve seen in the last 10-15 years.
@DougKyedNEPD what do you think of Kellen Moore?
I don’t see an NFL quarterback in Kellen Moore. He’s severely lacking in height, bulk, arm strength and even accuracy when he’s not playing in a timing-based offense. His flaws really showed at the Senior Bowl when he was taken out of the Boise State offense and placed next to NFL caliber talent.
One of the biggest things you have to worry about with Moore is just getting hit by NFL linebackers and defensive linemen. He’s a 190 pound quarterback, who doesn’t seem like he even looked at a weight throughout his college career.
He could hang on as a third string QB, and under the right coaches and training staff he could improve his arm strength and bulk, but it would take a lot to get him up to an NFL level.
He’s definitley a smart QB and there are few better at reading opposing defenses or studying film.
@DougKyedNEPD with Peyton now gone. Do the pats go after Reggie Wayne?
I think they’ll definitley look into him, but ultimately I think Wayne follows Manning. Wayne definitely has the smarts to be a fit in the New England offense, and unlike Ochocinco can definitely read an opposing defense. I think he and Brady can get on the same page quickly.
I still think Lloyd is my top FA target overall for New England, but Wayne is a nice option behind him and Vincent Jackson.
@DougKyedNEPD Does Courtney Upshaw fit in the New England scheme?
Absolutely. I’ve seen some questions recently about whether he can be a 3-4 OLB, and I don’t question that ability whatsoever. He excelled at that position at Alabama, and he’d be able to fit right into New England’s hybrid defense as well.
A lot of people talk about Melvin Ingram’s versatility, but Upshaw’s a great hybrid fit as well. For the Patriots, he could play rush linebacker, rush end and strongside linebacker.
Upshaw hasn’t worked out yet for teams, so I’ll be paying close attention to he and Mark Barron’s personal pro day.
@DougKyedNEPD will Hoyer be a pat next season?
If I were a betting man (which I sometimes am), I’d say yes. He’s a restricted free agent, and I’m sure the Patriots will tender him highly, but they’ll also consider all offers. This might be the best time to get some value out of Hoyer.
Right now, I’d probably place a third round value on Hoyer, though I’m sure some teams would consider him a 2nd round value, especially in a slightly weak 2nd-3rd round QB class. If the Pats wish to acquire later round picks, Hoyer could be a great tool to get those picks.
Teams like the Jets, Broncos, Browns and Chiefs would actually be good destinations for Hoyer. They have QBs in place, but there are still question marks. Hoyer could compete for the starting job, and he won’t cost so much that if he doesn’t grab it, it won’t tank the franchise.
We saw the Seahawks give up a third round pick, plus swap 2nd round picks with the Chargers for Charlie Whitehurst just two years ago. Hoyer is undoubtedly a better QB with a brighter future than Whitehurst.
@DougKyedNEPD u picked barron in your mock last night, whos game does he resemble. say a lawyer milloy??
I can see a little Lawyer in his game, but that’s pretty high praise from me. Milloy might be my second favorite NFL player of all time. Both play inside the tackle box well, both do well against the run, both are heavy hitters. Lawyer was an underrated pass defender early in his career and that’s my one concern with Barron.
Barron showed nice instincts while at Alabama, but I question his skills to play “centerfield” for the Patriots. Unfortunately I actually see Barron and Patrick Chung’s games being pretty similar. Both can cover a tight end or running back coming out of the backfield, but Chung struggles when helping corners over the top. I can see some similar struggles for Barron in the NFL.
I think Barron is the best safety in this draft, but that doesn’t mean he’s the best fit for New England.
@DougKyedNEPD how will manning affect the draft?
Wherever Manning goes, that team is officially out of the Griffin, Tannehill or Weeden sweepstakes. So Manning affects the draft quite a bit.
Whichever team signs Manning will be looking to win immediately and will be using their picks on players that will help them win immediately.
The way Manning could shake up the draft the most is if he winds up in Washington. Then the Rams lose a bit of leverage on the trade for their second overall pick and it would become an almost sure thing that Browns would be the team to trade up.