NEPD Editor: Doug Kyed
How does Courtney Upshaw fit the Patriots? Could Matt Forte be a future Patriot? What are my thoughts on Chandler Jones?
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.
No, absolutely not. I think Chandler Jones is unbelievably overrated and other than size, doesn’t really fit the Patriots system either. I don’t think Jones would be able to stand up in a three man front, and I don’t see the anchor ability that Belichick covets from DEs. Jones has a lot of trouble with his pad level, and looks downright uncoordinated out on the field. He’s a player who currently gets by almost solely on his length. That’s not to mention that McShay has Nick Perry falling to the second round. If given the choice between Jones and Perry, it’s not even a question.
I like Kendall Reyes, and I wouldn’t hate taking him in the first round, but McShay has Devon Still falling to 46 to the Eagles… I can’t think of a single reason why the Patriots would take Reyes over Still. Perhaps positional versatility? It seems like the main problem here is that ESPN and McShay are assuming the Patriots will be in a 4-3 base next year, which I would bet against. The Pats run a hybrid defense and went back to the 3-4 base come playoff time. It’s also been said that the Patriots only ran the 4-3 base last season because of the lockout. Still is the much better, more dominant player and in my opinion, will be gone long before the Patriots pick at 27.
I like the Konz pick at 48, but I also see absolutely no way he’s there in the second round. Konz is a dominant center and would be a force in the Patriots already dominant offensive line. Keep dreaming that he’s still there at 48 though Pats fans. Konz may play center, but he’s a first round talent.
As for Brandon Taylor at 62? I get that McShay had to throw in a safety for the Patriots, but Taylor is in no way a 2nd round talent. I like Taylor and I still think he’s a fourth round guy. I would have rather seen Markelle Martin, Trenton Robinson or Antonio Allen there for the Pats if McShay was going to go safety. It probably would have made more sense to go CB there for the Pats since so many great ones were still on the board (Hosley, Fleming, Hayward, Boykin, Dennard).
I think so, he can play SOLB, SILB, SLB and 7-tech depending on the scheme. He’s a strong anchor against the run and he can get after the QB. He won’t wow you in coverage by any means, but Brandon Spikes is actually an underrated pass defender, so he could cover for Upshaw. I think the Pats will also add a better coverage linebacker at some point to help out in the passing game. Upshaw would be rushing the passer on most passing downs anyway.
Upshaw certainly disappointed in his pro day yesterday, but if anything that’s good for Pats fans. Let teams pass him over based off workout numbers, if you’re looking at pass rush ability and run defense, Upshaw will be extremely solid in the NFL.
I don’t, mostly because I don’t think the value will be there for them to stay.
If I had to guess right now, I think they may trade up with #27 and trade back with #31. They could package #27 and a second to move up in the first round plus grab extra late round picks. Then they could move #31 back and potentially pick up a second round pick and a future first.
That’s of course assuming that a team in the late teens-early twenties would be willing to trade back and that a team drafting late in the 2nd would be willing to trade up in the first.
I don’t, but I do believe the Patriots are keeping their eyes open for another RB. Vereen and Ridley are still pretty unknown commodities, and Belichick likes to keep a stable of RBs. I suspect it will either be a veteran RB or a 2nd-3rd round pick.
I suspect the Pats will go into next season with 1 FB and four HBs. Belichick really loves running the football and defending against the run. Doesn’t make much sense on paper with such a passing league, but it certainly worked last season without the most talented team.
He’d be fine, but he’s not the natural pass rusher that the Patriots need in a 3-4 OLB. Mayo was already playing WLB last year with Spikes at MLB in the base 4-3.
Overall, drafting Kuechly to play ILB and moving Mayo to OLB would actually probably weaken both positions. The Patriots would be better off drafting an OLB than drafting Kuechly and planning to move Mayo.