NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
What could the Patriots get for their first two picks? Who’s my dream pick to fall in the first round? Where would Quinton Coples fit with the Patriots?
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.
If the Pats move down with their 27th pick into the top 10 of the 2nd round, they should be able to get that 2nd round pick and a future 2nd round pick.
If they move into the 10-20 range in the 2nd round, it would likely be that 2nd round pick, a future 2nd, plus one or two later round picks, or swaps of picks.
If they move into the 20-32 range, they could be looking at that 2nd round pick, a future first and potentially some later round picks or same round swaps.
In a perfect world, they’re either able to trade up, or trade both picks down. They could trade 27 for a top 10 pick in round two, while also acquiring the 2013 2nd round pick. Then they could trade 31 for a bottom ten pick, grab the first rounder next year and maybe grab a couple later round picks.
There’s a lot of flexibility in April, and I think the last thing that’s going to happen is them completely staying put.
I still don’t see Sanu as being worth the 2nd round pick for the Patriots. The Patriots have got the shallow and shallow middle of the field pretty well covered with Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker. Anthony Gonzalez, if he makes the team, should also be running routes in that same area.
With Brandon Lloyd’s personality still a bit of a question mark, I think the Patriots should still be concentrating on drafting a WR who can work the sidelines in the intermediate to deep portion of the field.
Once a guy runs at the combine, I pay very little attention to what he does in his pro day. The first numbers that come out for a guy at the combine are hand timed, so those are the times I’m looking at. If you watch the tape, there’s no way that Sanu is a 4.41 guy. He has trouble getting separation, and he lacks any semblance of big play ability. Pro day tracks for 40 times are always fast.
Sanu’s closest player comp might be Aaron Hernandez, and even so, he lacks the after the catch playmaking ability that Hernandez does. It’s tough to find anyone that has moves immediately after the catch like Aaron Hernandez.
That line will create problems for everyone, but I’m not particularly worried about how the Pats will defend them. The Patriots are incredibly smart when it comes to drafting, signing and developing offensive linemen.
Me and Mike talked about it on the podcast last night, but even with rumors of Matt Light and Brian Waters retiring, Sebastian Vollmer’s back issues and Logan Mankins’ ACL surgery the Patriots are STILL in good shape for next season.
Best case scenario: LT Matt Light, LG Logan Mankins, C Dan Connolly/rookie, RG Brian Waters, RT Sebastian Vollmer, 6th lineman: Nate Solder
Worst case scenario: LT Nate Solder, LG Robert Gallery, C Dan Connolly/rookie, RG Ryan Wendell/Donald Thomas, RT Marcus Cannon.
That’s a pretty good worst case scenario. As long as Dante Scarnecchia is around, I’m not too worried about protecting Tom Brady.