I don’t think so, and I’ll tell you why in my RB Case Study hopefully coming this Monday.
@DougKyedNEPD if you were BB, how would you run this draft? What trades would you make and players you would take. not asking for a mock from a scout/talent eval. but if you running pats, your scenario?
It’s tough to evaluate, but the most important thing for me would be to bulk up the front seven. The problem is, the best fits may be gone by 27. If Fletcher Cox, Michael Brockers, Devon Still, Dontari Poe, Melvin Ingram, Courtney Upshaw, Nick Perry or Dont’a Hightower are there at 27, I’d stay put and take them. If another one is available at 31, I take them too.
If not, I trade down into the second round. Cornerback and wide receiver are deep this year and I don’t think any safeties are worthy of a pick in the end of the first round, especially if Barron is gone.
I would be hoping that guys like Whitney Mercilus and Chandler Jones go in the first round, because if anything, that will further drop guys like Nick Perry or Dont’a Hightower or Courtney Upshaw. The more QBs, RBs, TEs, or strictly 4-3 DEs that go in the first round, the better.
It’s impossible to evaluate exactly how the draft will fall, but in a perfect scenario, I would hope to go: 27 DE, 31 OLB, 48 CB, 62 CB/S, 93 OL, 126 WR. If those first two picks don’t fall into place, then it allows the Patriots to trade down and then be able to pick up extra picks to take another LB, potentially a TE and a RB.
I wouldn’t be opposed to trading up for a DL, but I think they’ll be able to stay put for a pass rusher. One of Upshaw, Perry, Branch, Lewis or McClellin will be there in the first or second round.
His measurables may show up as more athletic than JPP, but it doesn’t show on tape. He’s stiff, upright and awkward when you watch him on tape. He has fine straight line speed, but he won’t be able to be used standing up and I think his best bet will be to gain weight and transition to a big 7-tech, 5-tech or even 3-tech.
I love his length, but he’s just not a natural looking athlete on the field. I see Jones as a giant project who will be severely overdrafted. I’d have a hard time taking him in the third round, let alone the first round. For being the brother of a UFC champ, I’d expect his hands to be more violent as well. He uses his hands for placement only.
There’s a lot to work with on Jones, and I don’t see him being successful in at least his first two years in the league. If he’s a first rounder, he could be a major bust.
Brandon Boykin could be an exciting guy, he’s an extremely athletic corner who could fall because of injuries sustained at the Senior Bowl. Chris Owusu, despite his concussions, is another guy who was an extremely successful kick returner in the NCAA.
David Wilson, who the Pats are working out today was also a great kick returner his sophomore year, he could be very interesting in that role. A couple other names to look out for are TJ Graham, TY Hilton and Eric Page. Graham and Page are deeper options at WR, while Hilton could go in the 3rd or 4th round, but could be a major steal due to injuries.