Edge of Development: Patriots Defensive End Michael Buchanan

A seventh-round selection in the 2013 NFL draft, Michael Buchanan’s first year in New England was one glimpses. But as the 2014 draft has come into focus, so has his growth. (USA Today Sports Images)

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It requires more than two starting defensive ends for a sustainable front to unsettle quarterbacks.

It requires an assembly.

And after a year in which Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich led all 4-3 defensive ends with 1,142 and 1,114 snaps apiece, according to Pro Football Focus, that was a reality the New England Patriots understood all too well.

New England’s collection of defensive ends remained a seldom-used one for the duration of 2013. There was the 34-year-old Andre Carter, who was re-signed in October and played in 11 games to register 196 snaps. There was 2012 third-round pick Jake Bequette, who played in just five games and logged 14 defensive snaps.

Then there was rookie Michael Buchanan.

The 226th overall pick in April’s draft finished the preseason with a 2.5-sack performance versus the New York Giants on Aug. 29. And that significant flash in an insignificant game helped secure him a place on the 53-man roster, where he found himself as New England’s third-ranked end.

For short bursts, he looked the part. The long and lean, 6’6”, 255-pound “Bandit” broke loose to bring down two quarterbacks through the first month of the regular season. Through the first seven weeks, he played 98 snaps and notched an additional three tackles.

Yet as Carter returned in Week 8, Buchanan’s acclimation took a back seat.

Head coach Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia opted for the familiar veteran over the seventh-round flier. No longer was the Illinois product featured as a third end in New England’s speed sub-package front. No longer was he the primary substitute for Jones or Ninkovich in the base defense, either.

Buchanan shifted primarily to special teams and played only 25 defensive snaps the rest of the way. In those limited opportunities from Oct. 27 onward, he did not enter the defensive huddle for seven of eight regular-season contests. He was inactive for Week 15, but he did manage to pick up a fumble and collect five tackles before his year came to an end.

And by the time New England’s playoff run came to an end, its three reserve ends had just four sacks between them.

In contrast, Justin Francis, Trevor Scott and Jermaine Cunningham were able to rack up 8.5 sacks in 2012. In result, there is a distinct likelihood that New England’s defensive end depth chart will have a different look to it in 2014.

There is a distinct likelihood that New England will look to May’s draft class for reinforcements.

Carter, who is two years removed from a 10-sack campaign that ended in a torn quadriceps, is an unrestricted free agent. The 25-year-old Bequette, who hasn’t recorded a sack or tackle in his two seasons with the team, may soon not be part of the team. And the 23-year-old Buchanan, who has three years left on his contract, isn’t far from those lines.

He is standing on promising yet unsteady ground.

Because, in many ways, upside is promising yet unsteady.

In glimpses last season, Buchanan revealed his enamoring 4.44-second short-shuttle time as he burst off the snap. He revealed his 6.91-second three-cone speed as he bent the edge. He revealed his 4.78-second 40-time as he closed on the ball. And he revealed his length as his 34-inch arms wrapped around the quarterback.

He revealed all the athletic and physical characteristics the Patriots saw in him as a high-value, late-round selection. Yet as a player who looks the part of an “Elephant” but also runs like a deer, finding a medium between the two proved confounding.

It proved to be a wage between surge and inconsistency.

When on the field for third-down situations alongside Jones – who would kick in to the five-technique or defensive tackle in nickel personnel – Buchanan aligned in seven- or nine-technique with the option to stand up or lodge his hands on the ground.

He was responsive off the ball, running the arc with the flexibility and agility. And those unteachable tools went a long way towards testing the nimbleness of kick-sliding offensive tackles.

Buchanan challenged with speed, but from his small sample size during the regular season, he also showed an appetite for stepping into contact and knocking down the punch of blockers.

He wasn’t always able to disengage once his assignment had the inside arm. Nevertheless, he knew how to swipe his feet into the turn and accelerate through it.

On several conditions, he used last-second contact as a chance to jar laterally from the tight end or bookend, often bouncing 180 degrees around and behind the pocket.

He branded his mark at that juncture, jumping back into the pocket and colliding with the quarterback’s back shoulder.

There was downfield hesitation involved on both of Buchanan’s top plays from 2013, but that was the manner in which he attained both of his regular-season sacks.

Both cases exemplified Buchanan’s aggressiveness and relentlessness in pursuit.

Those adjectives can be a double-edged sword for defensive linemen.

When given the workload, Buchanan exemplified the willingness to make plays at all costs, whether it meant veering around the C-gap or knifing back through the B-gap to shed engagement. Yet, in a sense, that high-effort approach also left him susceptible to sacrificing the purpose of it.

Containment.

Gap integrity was an issue for Buchanan during his inaugural year with the Patriots. It is an aspect of his game that made him a liability at times and likely contributed to Carter’s reemergence.

The lanky edge-defender showcased a tendency to overrun the quarterbacks or get powered away from them.

In consequence, he would finish plays with less control than he started them. And when signal-callers showcased the composure to identify an escape route, they were able to flush themselves up into the pocket or outside into the flat to some success.

This afforded blockers time to reposition against the grain from reactionary chasers like Buchanan. Their cause typically expanded the ball-carrier’s real estate to check down to the underneath, if not make plays with their feet.

Those flaws explained, at least in part, why Buchanan was limited to a mere 12 snaps versus the run all season.

One reason was his playing style, which can send him on an outside angle to an inside run, struggling to recover from an early misread. Another reason was his role, which was, at its peak, a situational pass-rusher.

A defining reason was natural leverage.

Buchanan’s narrow base and tall frame isn’t necessarily ideal for facing phone-booth offensive linemen who excel in close quarters. He can be the victim of cut blocks which send him to the turf. He can be exposed by powerful anchors which lift him upright out of his stance.

These forces can take him out of the play. More than likely, that was a scenario the Patriots coaching staff strove to avoid when possible, other than the 3rd-and-long draw.

Yet while these areas signal concern, they also signal room for growth.

As his collegiate film and September flares indicate, Buchanan has the potential to be more than a special-teamer in the NFL. He has demonstrated an ability to get into the backfield when on the field as a designated pass-rusher.

Doing so efficiently will keep him there.

He may not be there at this time. He may walk the line between promise and unsteadiness. Yet as the Patriots head into the draft with plans out of his control, No. 99 will have to harness what is.

After all, if there was ever an equalizer in a league driven by quarterbacks, it rests in the face of them.

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79 Responses to “Edge of Development: Patriots Defensive End Michael Buchanan”

  1. Ken W says:

    As far as players I think that could help them with the pass rush in the draft I think these are a few players that could help the Pats:

    Jeremiah Attaochu (OLB) His draft stock has been rising and I think he will be gone by the middle of the second but could be a help getting after QB’s if Pats slide back from #29 or he slips to them in the 2nd.

    Trent Murphy (DE/OLB) Another guy I think will go in the 2nd, has great bend to get around the corner. I think his ceiling could be another Ninkovich type player.

    Jackson Jeffcoat (DE/OLB) Think he is a 3rd round guy that can get after the QB. Not great at setting the edge or in coverage so would have to start as a situational rusher until he gets better in those areas.

    Adrian Hubbard (DE/OLB) Big athletic 6’6″ hybrid that wasn’t really known for being a great pass rusher in college but I think his best football is ahead of him. I think BB could find some creative ways to use his size and power to disrupt the passing game. 3rd round guy.

    Ronald Powell (OLB) Never reached his #1 ranked high school recruit potential but believe he has the athleticism to get after the QB and give some OT trouble. Believe he has the speed to also play a roll in coverage with a little bit of work. Could be a nice 4-5 round value.

    I don’t think this is the Pats biggest area of need because the player that will fill this roll will be behind either Jones or Ninkovich or Collins. Spending a high pick on a rotational player doesn’t make to much sense. Thats why I feel Hubbard, Jeffcoat, or Powell in the 3rd round or later would make the most sense. Curious to see what players you guys like for this roll and in what rounds you think the Pats should take someone.

    • Bill Vermont says:

      I think Attaochu will have to be drafted at 29 if they want him. He’s getting a lot of buzz. 2-3 years from now he might be a bargain, but right now he’s kind of a 1 trick pony.

      Before I did that I’d go after a real DE like Kony Ealy, Crichton, or Kareem Martin who could all be 3 down players. or even a smaller OLB like Christian Jones, Jordan Tripp, or Howard Jones who be pick dup in 3-4 round range. I like Christian Jones in round 3. He can do a lot of things.

  2. TD says:

    It seems to me that teams are countering Brady, Manning, Brees with penetrating DT’s and may signal the end of taking Tom, Dick and Harry from Montana State and making an interior OLineman out of them. In the past 4-5 years teams have been adding behemoth’s at OT like Solder & Vollmer, placing more emphasis on the middle of the line.

    While we do need backup(s) at DE to spell Jones & Ninko a bit more, we could use another pass rusher from the interior ala the other Jones now that we have Vince & maybe Kelly back to hold up the line of scrimmage on run plays. With Revis & Browner in 4 games the pass rush will instantly get better.

  3. Dan Sullivan says:

    Patriot Predictions

    Draft
    1 Trade for 2,4 and 4th round selections.
    2 Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
    2 Marcus Smith DE Louisville
    3 Deone Bucannon S Washington St.
    4 Ego Ferguson DT LSU
    4 Paul Richardson WR Colorado
    4 AJ McCarron QB Alabama
    4 Anthony Steen G Alabama
    6 Rob Blanchflower TE UMass
    6 Bryce Quigley OT San Diego State
    7 Uani Unga OT BYU

    UDFA
    Marquis Flowers OLB Arizona
    Jerome Smith RB Syracuse
    Trey Watts RB Tulsa

  4. Justin says:

    What are the odds Bequette makes the final roster cut? I’d expect he’s on his last leg with this team and if they bolster their pass rush in the draft, I find it hard to see a spot for him.

    • acm says:

      yep, bar any miracles, he looks to be as good as gone. Maybe they can use him as makeweight to jump 5-10 spots in the 4th round … not sure if he has any value for something more than that, if that.

    • GM-In-Training says:

      It’s weird. Bequette had 20 sacks in college, played in a tough division, had the size and motor you look for. If the Pats wanted to get trade value from him, they’d probably have to feature him in the preseason and hope they could get a 2015 7th for him.

  5. Daniel R. Martin says:

    Many people seem to be high on Bucannon. Far more so than Loston. I read some comparative analysis of all safeties (fs & ss) in the 2014 draft class, and Loston was rated higher than Bucannon in almost every analyzed category. Considering Loston can be drafted in the 4th and Bucannon may be taken in the 4th, I don’t see the value of taking Bucannon early. Loston wasn’t just rated higher anecdotally either. He had better stats as well.

    • acm says:

      It depends when the comp was made – evals of prospects change all the time, especially if we are talking a comp made at the beginning of the 2013 college season; pretty sure Loston was graded way higher than bucannon back then, coming out of his junior year playing alongside Eric Reid. Loston had a down senior year, with Reid gone, which I think has played a big part in his stock falling.

      There really isn’t much of a comp. between the two except how they perform in the box, as run support. Everywhere else, Bucannon projects as the rangier, more athletic and skillful player; DB exhibits a pretty rare, and coveted at the pros, combination of SS and FS traits at the same time – he can hit, tackle but also has the athleticism, range and instincts to cover. Of course these are all projections but it has taken years of playing in the NFL to bring players like Ward, Bethea, Whitner, Pollard and virtually all other prototypical SSs (like Loston) to somewhat acceptable levels in coverage so they don’t get burnt all the time.
      Now, safety play isn’t on an island and depends on the other pieces that constitute the defense but if you can get a prospect with a better range and fewer shortcomings, who’s gonna allow you to be more scheme versatile at the back, you go for it.

      I personally like Loston, even if I see him as a bit too scheme specific, but all in all think there is a good reason why Bucannon’s stock has gone higher and higher approaching draft day, while Loston’s been headed the other way.

      Now there is of course the element of what grade the Pats have on each player and where they end up going in the draft. I think Bucannon is a solid 2nd rounder and would be a great pick at 62, if he falls there at all; wouldn’t be too ecstatic if they picked him up in the 1st, for example. Loston on the other hand is projected to fall to the 4th, and rightfully so, imo. But you can’t wait till the late 4th to pick up your SS, if you really need one. By then, you’d have passed on several players already which means if Loston is taken by late 4th, you’d have to settle with the slim pickings after him. So, you’d likely have to go higher with Loston – late 3rd, to early 4th (if they have a pick there at all). Then the diff between the two could be just a round really, in which case Bucannon would be well worth the higher price, imo.
      In a word, unless they make a trade and create intermediate picks, they don’t have much flexibility in choosing where you pick a given player at a given position and that can greatly affect the “value” acquired at said pick. An example for this may well be the Harmon pick last year. Can’t take these trading downs for granted.

  6. J H TARBORO says:

    We have a pretty impressive list of draft contacts, RB Devonta Freeman Florida St. is here today in New England. For those who haven’t seen the list, go to draft contacts.

    • acm says:

      funny thing with that list is that the real targets are purposefully not put on there, except the players at the obvious position(s) of need – last year it was WR, this year it’s TE.

      too bad ’cause I was really hoping they’d get one of Attaochu or D. Lawrence.

      • acm says:

        now, if I am right about this, I’d look for the Pats to go for/target players like:

        DT Daquan Jones, Cauraun Reid, Timmy Jernigen, Dom Easley (hope not too early)
        DE K. Martin, T. Murphy, J.Jeffcoat, A. Lynch
        CB/S T. Brooks, D. Johnson, A. Exum, SS/hLB Marquis Flowers
        LB Ryan Shazier, Shayne Skov, Chris Kirksey
        RB Carlos Hyde, J. Lee, T. West, Ch. Sims, T. Millard, L. Perkins
        OL Z. Martin, J. Bitonio, D. Dozier, M. Martin, B. Thomas, R. Bodine
        QB Jeff Mathews

        some of these names may appear on the contact list as draft day comes closer but this is my pool of Pats targets right now ;)

        • Bill Vermont says:

          That’s a pretty good list to choose from. I’d be happy with that.

          Attaochu will be a great pass rusher. Maybe Pats can trade down 10-20 picks and he’d be a great value. Personally I’d say if he’s your guy, go get him. A pass rusher would make that defense a lot tougher, and Attaochu will be a lot more in time.

        • acm says:

          would hear me crying either … just add Attaochu/Lawrence in there as the exception that proves the rule :)

        • J H TARBORO says:

          ACM, most of the people on your list is on my list, and by the way Florida’s Dom Easley recently had a great pro day workout, he just didn’t run any 40yds. Also we need LB J. Attouchu!

        • acm says:

          I trimmed my list down to the above version after going thru the contact list for this year. Just left out the TE position as they’ve contacted just about anybody there and will likely draft one of those names at some point. iirc, TE Arthur Lunch wasn’t on the contact list, so he just made mine, I guess ;)

          Easley is starting to get some looks again. Not too high on him in general but would be fine as a 4th rounder. Any earlier than that and I will have to cry myself to sleep.

    • Bill Vermont says:

      They also had about every QB in for interview. Maybe they were partly gauging the value of Mallett, to decide to make him a reasonable offer, or let him go. Some of that’s up to him, but they have got to know if they think they can do better with a 2014 pick.

  7. Jim R says:

    1-Kelvin Benjamin
    2-Troy Nicklas
    3-Joel Bitinio
    4-Dominque Easley
    4-Jordan Tripp
    6-Christan Kirksey
    6-Dez Southward
    7-Matt Paradis

    UDFA Chaz Sutton
    Matt Patchan
    Qua Cox
    Mike Dwyer

    Big fatty on the DL we got 3 right now. Need more of athlete who can make things happen up the middle (Easley) DE Jones/Nink and Buck or Beck step up.
    OL need depth Bitinio G/T Paradis C Should help
    Safety (Southward) will push Harmon
    TE- Nicklas Back up for Gronk.
    WR- Benji would be a beast.
    Red Zone nightmare Gronk 6’7″ Nicklas 6’6″ Benji 6’5″ Dobson 6’3″ and let edeleman zip thru the trees
    LB you add a cover LB (Kirksey) and rotational guy Tripp

    mallet is here for the year, draft Brady’s backup/replacement next year. draft is loaded with QB’s 2015
    RB ridley or Vereen may go next year so what, My guess Ridley. I think that there will be RB’s in the 2015 draft

    • Matt says:

      big guys on D yea the Pats have Kelly and Wilfolk. But there only getting older. And there is a fair amount of sold D line men in this draft. Why wait until next years draft.

  8. Dan Sullivan says:

    Patriot Predictions and the key word this year is not value but playmakers.
    Draft
    1 Trade for 2,3 and 4th round selections.
    2 Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
    2 Jeremiah Attaochu OLB/DE Georgia Tech
    3 Dominque Easley DT Florida
    3 Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
    4 Bryan Stork C Florida State
    4 Justin Ellis NT Louisiana Tech
    4 Craig Loston S LSU
    6 George Atkinson lll RB Notre Dame
    6 Charles Siddoway OT Mississippi State
    7 Brock Coyle ILB Montana

    UDFA
    Chase Rettig QB Boston College
    Justin Perillo TE Maine
    Kedrick Rhodes RB West Alabama
    Derel Walker WR Texas A&M

    Draft 3 weeks away I say keep BB away from top 3 rounds let him have 4th round.

  9. Justin says:

    Trade first round pick to Jacksonville for 2nd (39 overall), 3rd (70), 4th (114), 5th (150).
    Trade 3rd (70) and 4th (140) to Philadelphia for DE Brandon Graham.
    2nd Rd (39)- Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
    2nd Rd (62)- Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
    3rd Rd (93)- C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
    4th Rd (114)- Dakota Dozier, G/T, Furman
    4th Rd (130)- Jordan Zumwalt, LB, UCLA
    5th Rd (150)- Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
    6th Rd (198)- Larry Webster, TE/DE, Bloomsburg
    6th Rd (206)- Vinnie Sunseri, SS, Alabama
    7th Rd (244)- Michael Sam, DE, Missouri

    • acm says:

      I am not even looking at the players and I am already cringing in horror ;)

      no one in their right mind is gonna make that trade (with the jags), not in a draft this deep, not even to get back in the 1st for a QB. If they wanted a QB this badly, they’d have already taken him with their first pick at #3 or whatever.

      then, trade a 3rd and a 4th for a Philly bust? Sure, why not send them a 1st rounder too to make sure he doesn’t get away? I wouldn’t mind Graham, a change of scheme and scenery may do him well, but he’s be nothing more than a camp body trying to make the roster … certainly you don’t spend a 3rd and a 4th for that.

      and last, you cannot trade compensatory picks – luckily for you, considering the trade. :)

      as for the mock itself, I personally like the first 4 picks, although have a hard time seeing Dozier fall that far. Like Sam in the 7th, but Latimer is not falling to the 5th – after the proday he had, he’s probably a top 70 pick now.

      • Justin says:

        I rushed through that idea haha. Looking at it now I can see how absurd it is offering a 3rd and 4th for Graham, and receiving a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th for a 1st considering the talent and depth of this year’s draft.

        However, in my mock draft I have the Jags selecting Khalil Mack with the no.3 overall pick, so it wouldn’t behoove me if they chose to trade their way into the latter part of the first round to select a QB- it honestly wouldn’t surprise me if Bridgewater slides. The Jags have also shown a lot of interest in Garoppolo. I don’t know, I’m just thinking out loud, spit balling.

    • Trev says:

      No offense, but there is no way we do get that type of compensation in that deal. absolutely no way. This year we would be lucky to get Jacksonville’s 2nd and 7th. Everybody seems to think that New England can just move back no problem. The truth is that it won’t be that easy . I’m here to tell you that teams aren’t going to be very motivated to trade up this year. There will be a lot of talent in the mid rounds, and teams aren’t going to part with those mid round picks very easily. I bet we make a pick at number 29 this year.

    • Dylan.C says:

      If the trading partner was that high in the second round I think just their second and third round selections would be the best we could hope for. I would be pretty happy if we could get that.

    • Dan Sullivan says:

      Your top 3 picks are excellent and I think that’s what would make fans quite happy.
      Enjoy the draft.

  10. Daniel R. Martin says:

    Sorry for re-posting, but it got buried before I could get some feedback from the regulars (i.e. ACM, Steve, Alex, et al) :-)

    1st Round selection traded for picks in the 2,3,6 & 7th Rounds.

    2 – Stephon Tuitt DT

    2 (Received for 1st Rd pick) – Jeremiah Attaochu OLB

    3 – Marcus Martin C

    3 (Received for 1st Rd pick) – C. J. Fiedorowicz TE

    4 – Craig Loston SS

    4 (Compensatory) – WR Brandon Coleman

    4 (Received in trade for QB Ryan Mallet) – Tom Savage QB

    5 – Lost in trade with Eagles for Isaac Sopoaga

    6 (Received in trade with Eagles) – DeAnthony Thomas RB/WR/PR/KR

    6 – Colt Lyerla TE

    6 (Received for 1st Rd pick) – Russell Bodine OG / C

    7 – Brandon Thomas OG

    7 (Received for 1st Rd pick) – Trey Millard FB

    UDFA Targeted Acquisitions:

    Boseko Lokombo OLB

    James Wilder Jr. RB

    Spencer Long OG

    Seantrell Henderson OT

    • acm says:

      good mock but can bare some improvements, imo ;)
      of the top of my head, my issues are that you don’t improve the depth at LB. Attaochu could drop back but would be wasted in that regard, imo. He’d be at his best as an on the line OLB or speed-rush DE.

      Another possible issue is that the OL-man you take early, while probably the best OC prospect this year, likely projects only at OC in the NFL and doesn’t bring positional versatility. But it really depends how the Pats see someone like Martin (or Richburg for that matter). Personally, if they are gonna pick an OL early, I think he should have versatility. And OG over oC for me as taking an OG would free up Connolly for OC (he’s better there than OG) so you automatically create two options to chose from at OC (Wendell and Connolly). By bringing in Martin, you create 3 alternatives at OC but there is still no improvement at OG. And to top it all, you do take Bodine later on too.

      Then there is the Coleman pick – interesting player but a waste of a pick, imo. WR are highly unlikely to be major contributors from the get go and Coleman will likely need 2 years to become such, if ever at all. And does he even stick on the roster – they already have surplus in #s at WR and a couple of the current guys likely will be cut. If you are looking for an immediate contributor at WR, chances are you are gonna have to take one of the top talents of this crop very early in the draft (as in 1st round early, 2nd at the latest) otherwise you are most likely just wasting your pick.

      Then is the Mallet trade – no point in trading Mallett for a 4th rounder. He is more valuable to the Pats as a back up Qb than that. A trade involving Mallett would make sense if it were for at least a 2nd rounder or maybe a 3rd and a 4th. Anything less than that, they’d be better off just keeping him for 2014. Plus not convinced Savage would be the best option as a Mallett replacement – he tends to have issues when blitzed and looses his cool under pressure, among other things, so I have my doubts as to how translates to the NFL.

      Late in the draft, I agree that Lyerla would be a worth the risk on account of his talent but I’d put him in the 7th round, instead of teh 6th. Also, there have been reports lately – insider sources if you know what I mean – that the Pats are among several teams that have taken him completely off their boards. It seems among the numerous red flags with him is a conspiracy theory accusation he made in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut when he said the parents of the dead kids were liars or something of teh sort. Hard to see the NE Patriots give this one a pass considering Conn. is part of their fan base in NE.
      Also, not sure about DeAnthony Thomas. I personally would prefer someone like Ladarius Perkins there, who can be a between the Ts RB as well as a change of pace RB as a back up to Vereen. I am not a fan of Dri Archer but would prefer even him to Thomas, tbh. But that’s just my opinion of it.

      So, to put the above in perspective:

      2) Tuitt
      2) Attaochu
      3) OL Dozier/Fleming (both can play OG and RT at the NFL)
      3) LB Skov (LB depth)
      4) own pick (no Mallett trade) – TE Arthur Lynch (drop off from CJF wouldn’t be that big, I think would be worth it to improve the OG position)
      4) (comp.) Loston
      6) Bodine
      6) Brandon Thomas (would have to take him earlier than 7th imo)
      6) Millard
      7) LB Piere-Louis/Howard Jones/etc (coverage LB)
      7) Thomas/Perkins/etc (depth at RB and this is assuming they get another RB in free agency e.g. Bush)

      • Daniel R. Martin says:

        As always, thanks for the help. I’m a little confused by a couple of things.

        #1.) The biggest criticism levied against the most recent incarnation of this mock was that I selected to many linebackers. Yet and still, I did include Attaochu, whom you suggested, and with which I agree, and also Lokombo as an UDFA. Both of those guys seem to possess the attitude and coverage sills that both you and I seem to want in our linebacking corps.

        #2.) I did understand your point earlier about selecting a versatile offensive lineman, and I still do. However, recognizing both OC and OG as positions of great need, I decided to select the best interior linemen available in the 3rd round. Martin also reportedly has the fighting spirit and tenacious (some have said even mildly nasty) attitude I want on both lines. Also, I decided that Brandon Thomas should be able to step into a starting role and shore up the OG position next season. Furthermore, Bodine seems to have starting upside potential at both OG and OC, but he is projected to the Guard position.

        #3.) Do you not think Brandon Coleman could potentially be a better deep threat X-Receiver than Thompkins and Lafell? Certainly he could be of value when either Amendola or Edelman (or both are sidelined or IR’d.

        #4.) In regards to taking a 4th round pick in trade for Mallet, I personally don’t see much dropoff between he and Savage. However Brady goes concerning his health, so goes the team anyway. Mallet may accidentally win a couple of games, but he isn’t winning in the post season. At least I don’t see it, personally. Also, he isn’t going to accept a draftee level contract next year when a team like Jax will pay him. And he certainly isn’t worth a strong contractual investment. Therefore, since he will not be on the team in 2015, trade him now and draft his replacement, especially in a draft as deep as this one is reported to be. That way a pick in the 3rd round or better isn;t wasted on a back up QB next draft.

        #5.) I must profess, as a relatively new fan, I am not completely sure what a between the tackles RB is, exactly, but I believe I accounted for that with the UDFA acquisition of James Wilder Jr. Also, I believe Spencer Long can be added as an UDFA.

        • acm says:

          1) not sure if I remember correctly but your previous mock was too heavy on LBs and relatively early. In this one, you don’t have a “pure” LB but an OLB/DE in Attaochu, who I think is fair to say you take to cover the DE need, as well. I don’t think you can expet from a rookie to be both a pass rusher and a LB from the start – he may eventually grow into being able to play both positions but at first he should be allowed to settle into one. For Attaochu, I think it would be best to have him as a DE/rush OLB at first and gradually allow him to drop into coverage, as well. Taking Lokombo as an UDFA doesn’t really do anything to remedy the need at the LB position, where the Pats may have their 3 starters set but are an injury away from being exposed for lack of adequate depth at LB.
          LB is indeed a position of need but would be best to strike a balance and take one player in the 3-4 round range, and another in the late rounds. That’s what I tried to do with Skov and say Piere-Louis. You lacked that kind of balance in your latest drafts.

          2) It’s just may take on the matter. I can easily see the Pats go for an OC in the 3rd like Richburg or Martin. It really depends how they evaluate the two players. However, if they also see them as only fitting the OC role in the NFL, I’d be very surprised if they do pick either of them.
          The issue is this – by picking an OC like Martin and then later Bodine, you now have 4 players on the roster who can play OC – Wendell, Connolly, Martin, Bodine and yet you haven’t improved the OG position as you still have Connolly as the guy at RG. Bodine played both at OG and OC in college (OC in his last year iirc) but he is seen as a better OC than OG, hence why he “projects” at OG but has last played at OC and that may well be the position he sticks in at the NFL.
          Now, if you go the way I do – you take an OG early and Bodine late. Now you have improved, hopefully, the OG position and also have the flexibility to move Connolly at OC too, where he plays better anyway. So, at OC you have Wendell, Connolly, Bodine and at Og you have “new guy”(could well turn out to be Su’a Filo in the 1st round if no trade is available), Connolly, Bodine as options. It allows for a more balanced allocation of resources along the OL, imo.
          But again, it very much depends on how the Pats see players like Richburg or Martin – do they see them as versatile players who can play at OC and OG or just at OC. I tend to see them as 1-dim linemen in the NFL at OC.

          3) I don’t think Coleman would be an improvement in any aspect in his first year, tbh. Sure if you get a bunch of injuries, you’d want him as an option there but you can’t just carry too many Wrs on the roster just because one of teh top 5-6 guys might get injured at some point. It’s just that the roster spots are limited and there isn’t room for more than 5-6 WRs on the 53-men roster (including a special teamer like WR Slater).
          Taking a Wr in the middle rounds makes no sense at this point and will most likely result in a waste of a pick. You either take a WR very early, as in the first round, if you think a real playmaker has fallen to you (Lee, Evans, Cooks, etc) or you take a shot at someone like John Brown very late, where the price you pay is negligible.

          4) If Bardy’s season is over, it’s indeed unlikely the Pats can with the SB. Still, they stand a far better shot with mallet than someone like Savage. Savage is being touted a lot lately but he has some big flaws in his game, especially when under pressure, so there is also the concern how he translates to the NFL. He certainly would need a lot more than a training camp to be a good back up, though.
          Pats have invested a lot in Mallett and seem to like him. Where his value lies is in case Brady is out NOT for the season but for a short period of say 4-6 weeks (like Rogers or Cutler last year with GB and the Bears). The team needs a viable back up at QB that can win them some games while waiting on Brady and thus keep them in the play-off contention. Last year, if the Lions weren’t such a bust of a team, both Chicago and GB would have missed the play-offs due to drop off at QB.
          Mallett might not be done with the Pats beyond 2014. Would just have to wait and see how it goes. All in all, even with one last season left on his rookie deal, it makes little sense from the Pats perspectve to replace him with a late-ish round prospect. Unless they can get a valuable pick for Mallett, I think he stays. They may well add a QB this year but to grow alongside Brady and Mallett, not to replace Mallett in the scenario you have there.

          5) saw that you had added Wilder. Good player but is often injured. Should go in the 5th or 6th round though, imo; doubt he is available as an UDFA in the first place. The reason why I suggested Perkins over Thomas/Archer is because Perkins has the toughness to play between the tackles i.e. take on runs in the middle, thru the bodies where hits and collisions take place, not just on the outside, where it’s mostly running in space. After all, just like the roster spots for WRs are limited, so is the case with those for RBs; so versatility like that would be nie to have – Perkins can be both a poer RB and a change-of pace RB (back up Vereen). If they take Bush, they’d have themselves the Blount replacement in a vet RB; taking Wilder leaves you with an injury prone rookie, who’s unlikely to do much in his rookie year, if at all.
          Long could potentially go as an UDFA but he is coming off a serious injury, so you can’t expect he would be an improvement at OG in the short run.

      • DAM says:

        By far my favorite Mock I have seen. I am really high on Tuitt, Skov, and Lynch(agree with your CJF comment). I am not familiar with Attaochu OLB/DE but might take Bucannon S from Washington State if he was available and a rotational rusher with our Comp(4th) instead of Loston.
        2) Tuitt
        2) Bucannon
        3) OL Dozier/Fleming (both can play OG and RT at the NFL)
        3) LB Skov (LB depth)
        4) own pick (no Mallett trade) – TE Arthur Lynch (drop off from CJF wouldn’t be that big, I think would be worth it to improve the OG position)
        4) (comp.) Jeffcoat
        6) Bodine
        6) Brandon Thomas (would have to take him earlier than 7th imo)
        6) Millard
        7) LB Piere-Louis/Howard Jones/etc (coverage LB)
        7) Thomas/Perkins/etc (depth at RB and this is assuming they get another RB in free agency e.g. Bush)

  11. Trev says:

    Hey all. Here is a mock idea for the Pats. Let me know what you think.

    29) Ryan Shazier. OLB Ohio St
    33) Marquise Lee WR USC *Pats trade Mallet and 2014 4th to HOU*
    62) Troy Niklas TE ND
    93) Will Sutton DT ASU
    Comp) Tom Savage QB Pitt
    198) Brock Vereen S Minnesota
    206) Ben Gardner DE Stanford
    244) Devonta Freeman RB FSU

    UDFA
    Richard Rodgers TE CAL
    Larry Webster DE Bloomsburg
    Gator Hoskins FB Marshall
    James Stone C Tennessee

    • AM says:

      That would be a pretty nice haul. My one doubt is about drafting another WR, and trading Mallett. I’m not sure that he has even the value you list (which is a lot more realistic than I’ve seen in other hypotheticals), but I don’t know if the team would want to go into the season with a new backup(s) for Brady. Mallett hasn’t had a lot of playing time, but he’s learned the system and is probably worth more on the roster than in trade.

      • Trev says:

        Thanks. Yeah, in reality a trade involving Mallet is highly unlikely. Almost a lock that he is on NE’s roster next year. There was a report that NE may move up for a WR, so I just threw this scenario out there. Probably a smokescreen anyway. Never know though. I agree that BB will want to keep his experienced backup for one more season.

    • Matt says:

      Nice mock. But I think the Pats need a DT or DE more then they need an OLB. Same goes for a Wr they do need one but they could pick up a good one in the 3rd. I think the Pats should draft a DT or DE in the first. Then go after a TE & a safety. Then go on from there.

  12. Dylan.C says:

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000341602/article/mock-draft-50-jadeveon-clowney-aj-mccarron-to-texans

    2 round mock my Bucky Brooks

    Usually these mocks are pretty terrible but I think this one is actually pretty good. Obviously everyone is not going to agree on every pick, but you can tell that he actually took the time to think out the selections past pick 10. I think it gives a realistic idea of who will be available in certain areas. Plus its a two round mock, so much more interesting than a first round only mock IMO. It makes me definitely like the idea of trading back into the second but it also makes me realize how that may be pretty unrealistic this year because the talent is so deep. I think we would all be pretty disappointed in the compensation the pats would receive for their 1st round pick this year, it certainly wont be anywhere near what they got last year. I think even receiving something like a mid 2nd and 3rd for the 1st would be a best case scenario.

    He has the pats taking Hageman and Niklas with their first two selections. I would be happy with that.

    I know allot of people don’t like Hageman but its hard not to be reminded of Seymor and salivate over his potential. He has all the psychical talent to be a special 3-4 DE or 4-3 DT, and could provide great pressure up the middle. All of his complaints for him are about a lack of effort, but thats why I think he would be OK in NE. If anyone can make him succeed its BB, the veteran players, and the whole hard work attitude in NE if he buys into it.

    A DE would be great but I just don’t see the value of any DEs being there at 29 if they are forced to stay pat.

    He also has Timmy Jernigan, Stephen Tuit, and Irish Chocolate (Nix da III) still available into the mid 2nd. If you had the pick of those 4 including Hageman who would you take and why?

    • Dylan.C says:

      As long as they don’t take a TE in round 1 ill probably be happy. I would personally love for them to grab Mosley or Shazier if they fall to the 29th pick.

    • acm says:

      This is one of those scenarios where even atheists would pray one of the QB needy teams get stupid in trading back into the 1st round. Maybe those visits by Bridgewater and Manziel would pay off a month from now.

      As for the mock itself, I wouldn’t mind Niklas in the 2nd in a no-trade scenario but not too crazy about it either as I think a big, good blocker and redzone threat of TE can be found later in the draft (CJF, Lynch, Gilmore, Jensen, etc).

      Certainly not a fan of the Hageman pick at 29 though – this guy is more of an athlete than a football player at this point. He is very raw and has a lot left to figure out as far as playing in the trenches goes. My biggest issue with him, however, is that as a former offensive player, he doesn’t have the mentality of a D player and it shows in lack of effort/motor, aggression, etc, etc in his game. The only thing he and Seymour have in common is size, I am afraid. It’s mentality that makes or breaks a defensive lineman in the NFL and I don’t think that’s something you can’t teach. Oh, and to sweeten up the deal, Hageman would be a 24 yo rookie with tons to learn – 3 years older than Stephon Tuitt.

      So, I’d much rather have Tuitt or Nix over Hageman. I like Jernigen too but think someone like Caraun Reid, for example, would offer much better value later in the draft for that type of player. In fact, if the Pats absolutely must pick at 29, I’d much rather have OG Su’a Filo, SS Bucannon, DT DaQuan Jones, DE/LB J. Attaochu or even OL Joel Bitonio over Hageman.

      As for between Tuitt or Nix, I’d take the former, despite the concerns. Would rather see the Pats move away from overly big NT-type players like Nix and go with a player like Daquan Jones or Ego Ferguson later in the draft to improve the run defense. That would help the interior pass rush too, not just stopping the run. Also, have real concerns about Nix being able to stay on the field later in the game at the pro level. Wilfork and Siliga should be enough for the role of situational run stuffing NTs for now. Hence why I’d rather Tuitt over Nix if it comes down to choosing between the two.

      • Dylan.C says:

        Interesting, I never realized Hageman was that old. Definitely a big turn off for a developmental prospect like him. I do like Sua-Filo allot, he brings a nastiness to his blocking game which I think the pats could use. He has even said in interviews that he models his game after Logan Mankins.

        An O-Line with Mankins and Sua-Filo leading the charge would pretty formidable in the run game.

        I always liked Deon Buccanon allot as a “sleeper” pick in the second round but he has really risen up the draft boards recently.

        How the QBs are drafted will really make a huge difference for teams at the end of the first like the pats. Will there be an early run pushing talent down the board? Will there be no early QBs taken and then a push by teams to trade back into the end of the 1st? Like you said, that would seem like the beet case scenario for the pats at this point.

    • luis says:

      as far as the tightend position according to scout guru dave te thomas…sleeper TE blake Annen 6-4 247pounds ran a 4.42 and 3 cone 7.19 and he is a great blocker…Duncan is another sleeper and both guys are 4-5 rounders so i think this is how u double dip on TE…dont draft any TE in the first 3 rounds remember we have Gronk yes he injury prone but he is a number 1 TE u dont spend top draft capital on a number 2 TE…lafell was brought in to play the hernandez role in the offense..we have to look at this from a roster building point of view, the first 3 rounds must be areas that lack depth and thats a pass rusher Crichton/marcus smith…another need is offensive line we got killed by denver because of injuries on the offensive line i think the stanford lineman yankey or fleming….cornerback keith Mcgill and ross cockrell…and in wide receiver cody latimer 6’3 is rising up quick…like matthews, richardson

  13. John says:

    I like the idea of trading out of the first for a second third and fifth taking tuitt, DT Dominique Easley, in the third taking Marcus Martin a center, and then taking a Te like cj fiedorwicz. In the 4th OLB Christian Kinsey (coverage linebacker), and then Tom savage or Arron Murray QB. In the fifth Brandon Thomas G he tore hi acl like two weeks ago, was a second round player would be a steal, reminds me of a Marcus cannon. In the sixth Kevin Louis Pierre OLB and then colt lyriea.

  14. GM-In-Training says:

    Here’s the problem with most of the Mock Drafts I’ve seen y’all post this year.

    They assume the Pats trade out of the first round for a bevy of picks.

    I don’t buy it. Not this year. Too deep a draft. Too great a need for blue chippers.

    How about this prediction? Bill Belichick will trade his 2015 1st or 2nd rounder for more 2014 draft picks.

    He’s a contrarian who needs to win big now. He doesn’t have many players he could trade for picks. He won’t get good value trading this year’s 1st because the draft points chart is out the window with this year’s depth. A high 2nd rounder this year might be worth more than the 30th pick next year anyway…and he gets it this year.

    • Daniel R. Martin says:

      I’d be all over that. A trade of next years 1st for a 2nd and 3rd this year would be something I’d support.

    • acm says:

      BB creates future draft picks, he doesn’t mortgage them up for the present. I think you may be misinterpreting their hire of Revis – just because they pounced on an opportunity, that doesn’t mean they are desperately in win-now mode.

    • AM says:

      It seems to me that a deep and talented draft argues in favor of trading down, not against it. If a number of blue-chip players remain on the board at pick #29, why not trade back a few spots, knowing that you can still get one of those guys shortly, and that the extra picks you get will be applied to an above-average talent pool?

      • GM-In-Training says:

        Belichick is about value. He will have a hard time getting value trading down this year, because the 2nd and 3rd round picks are considered so much more valuable this year. More importantly, he won’t want to give up the value of this year’s 1st round pick, but might for a change be willing to consider giving up next year’s 1st round pick (or 2nd). Consider that the Pats seemed to always trade down until they traded up to draft Jones and Hightower in the 1st round a couple years ago.

        Why did they change then? Because the Rookie wage scale suddenly made 1st round picks much more affordable.

        Why would he change now? Because 2014 picks are much more valuable to him than 2015 picks…because of the deep draft and Brady’s window.

        • Dylan.C says:

          Who is it that you see the pats targeting by trading up? Unfortunately I think the most pressing need is an edge rusher, and after Jadaveon Clowney is gone is there really anyone who is worth trading up for?

        • AM says:

          Agree with Dylan below–teams don’t trade up, much less trade out of the next year, unless there is a particular prospect they covet. The real question: who would the Patriots be so interested in that they’re willing to detract from the future? Second question: how good does this player have to be that the team can’t swing the deal with the ammunition they have?

          Also, as you suggest, there is typically a one round premium on future trades–so giving up a second next year is likely to only net you a third this year. Maybe I can see the team doing this in a later round (e.g., next year’s fifth for this year’s sixth) if there was someone they were absolutely in love with. But I can’t imagine Belichick sacrificing too much future flexibility by ditching a high pick. I thing he probably expects, rightly or wrongly, that he can find a more talented player in next year’s second than this year’s third–especially because his trading partners are likely to be better teams, which have fewer pressing needs, and are therefore less likely to worry about sacrificing their own picks in a deep draft.

  15. John says:

    I don’t like the idea of trading down, or out of the first round. I think some quality players are going to drop because scheme fit, or recent trends within the league. I’ll give a few options I’d like to see for each pick.

    1st: Nix, Shazier, Amaro, or D. Lawrence
    2nd: Easley, Attaochu, or CJ Fiedorowicz
    3rd: Brandon Coleman, Richburg, or Trai Turner
    4th: Dakota Dozier, Mewhort, Dri Archer, or DeAnthony Thomas

    Later round guys I like: Jerick McKinnon, Vinnie Sunseri, Jay Bromley

    • John says:

      I feel like people are really sleeping on Trai Turner. He doesn’t pass-protect well, right now, but is an absolute road-grader with incredible upside.

      • Matt says:

        The Pats should draft a guard that cant pass block well. Why? There are no guards that can pass block well?

        • John says:

          That’s what I’m saying. If others teams pass on a guy like Turner because he is poor in pass-protection, or a little raw, as a guard they should snatch him up. I think he could be a really good guard in the league for a long time.

      • acm says:

        ultimately it’s about being a good scheme fit – TT is, as you pointed out, a road-grader type of an OG. Pats like their OL-men to be good in pass protection, while at the same time they utilize more often a zone-blocking scheme in the run game than a power blocking one (athleticism is critical i zone blocking). So, anyhow you slice it, a player like Turner simply would not be an ideal good scheme fit.

        • John says:

          I understand what you’re saying, but Logan Mankins wasn’t great in terms of pass-protection when he was drafted. Turner has incredibly athleticism, he’s just inexperienced in terms of playing time, working in different schemes. Just saying that Turner offers incredible value in the 3rd/4th round, especially developmentally.

        • acm says:

          I think you are mis-remembering Mankins’ eval coming out of college. If anything, as an OT at the college level, pas protection in just about all aspects (footwork, balance, hands, technique, leverage, etc, etc) were his strengths. It wasn’t by chance the Pats took him in the 1st. If he was thought of as a reach there, it was due to his coming out of a smaller school and inferior level of competition.

          Turner is a straight-line athlete, hence his impressive 40 time at the combine. He lacks however agility in short areas when it comes to changing direction, balance/coordination when moving/sliding laterally, etc. Those are essential in pass protection. Then there is the lack of good hand technique. Just too much of a project in pass protection or zone blocking for that matter. “Straightliners” like TT are best suited to power running schemes i.e. not a good fit for the Pats.

          Also, not sure how useful a mid-round project would be for the Pats anyway. I think they either take an OL-man earlier for immediate production or if you are gonna go with a project, just take a prospect or two late in the draft. Personally, I think they should take one player early and one late, for depth and value (e.g. a player like Brandon Thomas falling due to his ACL injury).

  16. GM-In-Training says:

    In college, something like 1 in 6 of Buchannon’s tackles were TFL. Out of 161 tackles over 3 years he had 26 TFL and 14 sacks. I don’t know if that’s good, or exactly what you’d expect from a physically gifted situational pass rusher playing slow, weak college opponents. It doesn’t say much about his ability to contain one way or another, which is the obvious problem light-and-fast defensive ends always going for the sack have. Wasn’t that the rap on Mark Anderson before he came to the Pats?

  17. Daniel R. Martin says:

    1st Round selection traded for picks in the 2,3,6 & 7th Rounds.

    2 – Stephon Tuitt DT

    2 (Received for 1st Rd pick) – Jeremiah Attaochu OLB

    3 – Marcus Martin C

    3 (Received for 1st Rd pick) – C. J. Fiedorowicz TE

    4 – Craig Loston SS

    4 (Compensatory) – WR Brandon Coleman

    4 (Received in trade for QB Ryan Mallet) – Tom Savage QB

    5 – Lost in trade with Eagles for Isaac Sopoaga

    6 (Received in trade with Eagles) – DeAnthony Thomas RB/WR/PR/KR

    6 – Colt Lyerla TE

    6 (Received for 1st Rd pick) – Russell Bodine OG / C

    7 – Brandon Thomas OG

    7 (Received for 1st Rd pick) – Trey Millard FB

    UDFA Targeted Acquisitions:

    Boseko Lokombo OLB

    James Wilder Jr. RB

    Spencer Long OG

    Seantrell Henderson OT

    • Trev says:

      Great Mock. This would be an amazing draft, and it is pretty realistic. Let’s hope for a scenario similar to this.

    • Matt says:

      So if the Pats trade there first pick 29th . Who would they trade that to? And why wouldn’t they want picks in the 4th and 5th rounds instead of the 6th and 7th? So they would end up with picks in the 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th.

      • Daniel R. Martin says:

        Because this draft is reportedly the deepest in recent memory, teams will be less likely to enthusiastically pursue a trade back into the 1st round. Last year BB fleeced the Vikings out of picks in 2, 3, 4 & 7 at precisely the same pick (29 overall). So, in answer to your first question, I’d say the propensity to find such a trade partner is certainly there. That trade was considered to be either overly generous or very dumb on the Vikings behalf, depending on perspective. Therefore, one can assume a team will be less likely to make a similarly gratuitous trade to our great benefit in this, a reportedly far deeper, draft year. A 2,3,4 & 5 would be even more one sided than last years deal, ergo the more realistic trade scenario of a 2,3,6 & 7 in my mock.

        Thanks.

    • Victor Kiams ghost says:

      Colt Lyerla has toooooo much baggage.

      • Daniel R. Martin says:

        He has too much upside to not risk a round 6 pick on him.

      • Daniel R. Martin says:

        Not to mention he plays a position of great need, and his acquisition provides greater flexibility to trade out of the first round.

    • AM says:

      Good mock, and Thomas would be a huge steal on Day 3 if the torn ACL does indeed push him that far. The one exception is Lyerla, who is a train wreck. Great talent, but a disaster in off-field issues. (Not to mention, probably not the best idea for the Patriots as a franchise to draft a “Sandy Hook Truther” two hours away from Newtown.)

    • Dylan.C says:

      I would be really happy if things played out this way. I completely agree with Lyerla being worth the risk. He is a jack of all trades type player and the Oregon offense really suffered after he left. If he had stayed in school in think he would be ranked #2 out of the TEs after Ebron (I personally like him better).

      Only pick I don’t like is Coleman. I know allot of people here are high on him, I just don’t see there being any roster space. As it is it looks like Boyce and Thompkins are competing for one spot.

  18. Joe Blake says:

    His measurable are similar to Clowney’s….Go figure!

  19. Russell says:

    My updated Mock has some interesting moves;

    1st- QB A.J.McCarron
    2nd- DE/LB Marcus Smith
    3d- TE Arthur Lynch
    4th- RB Tyler Gaffney
    4th- LB Jordon Tripp
    6th- CB Aaron Colvin
    6th – OG Spencer Long
    7th – WR Kevin Norwood

    • Daniel R. Martin says:

      Wow! NO! That would be a horrible draft for our team. McCarron in the 1st??? Dude has a 4th round grade! He could never be the next Brady.

      • carlos strada says:

        man, wasnt brady a 6th round pick?

        • Daniel R. Martin says:

          Um..yeah. But, man, that has nothing to do with what I commented. Brady is Brady, and he would have been Brady regardless of the round in which he was drafted. It is ridiculous to assume that every quarterback who lacks key athleticism, ideal measureables, intangible attributes, etc. has the innate potential to be the next Tom Brady. McCarron hasn’t demonstrated anything to suggest he should be (not could be) a starting QB in the league, as evidenced by his FOURTH ROUND GRADE!

        • AM says:

          Daniel, I agree that McCarron is a fourth-round pick (albeit one I’d be happy to make). But in the interest of being logical, nothing that Brady did in college suggested he would be the next Montana, and McCarron’s resume is more impressive than Brady’s was. It’s fool’s gold to try to find “the next Brady,” but remember that Brady himself was supposed to be a career backup at best. Gems abound in every round.

  20. Russell says:

    Buchanon failed to maintain his gap resposiblity a number of times, and made a big one agains’t Carolina, rushing way upfield let Newton run for a big gain.

    • Pete H. says:

      Buchanan may benefit from getting a bit bigger so he can do more than just try to run around the edge. Seemed like that was his only move, and so he became easier to block. A guy like Chandler Jones can bull rush, counter to the inside, or bend the edge, which is why he is so much better than Buchanan. Hopefully Buchanan can get a bit stronger and work on diversifying his pass-rush arsenal. If he can make a big year 2 jump, he could end up really helping this team.

  21. Dan Sullivan says:

    Patriot Predictions
    Free Agents
    Only undrafted players after draft.
    Cameron Brate TE Harvard
    Jerome Couplin SS William & Mary
    Darrin Kitchens OLB Florida

    Draft
    1 Trade for 2,4 and 5th round selections.
    2 Marquise Lee WR USC
    2 Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech
    3 Will Sutton NT Arizona State
    4 Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas
    4 Michael Schofield OT Michigan
    4 Brandon Linder G Miami
    5 James White RB Wisconsin
    6 Jake Murphy TE Utah
    6 Corey Linsley C Ohio State
    7 Jacob Pedersen TE Wisconsin

  22. Bill Vermont says:

    I guess we should look for the famous 2nd year leap. The combine type numbers indicate Buchanon has the athleticism, so If they see something in him, maybe he will develop. Regardless, I would expect a DE in top half of draft, certainly with one of their 4th’s, and maybe their 1st.

    Bequette, on the other hand, has had his 2nd year leap and he still couldn’t get off the bench. That 2012 draft was kind of disappointing. After taking Chandler Jones and Hightower, they kind of quit the draft, trading out of picks , and making bad picks when they did. They picked Tavon Wilson when Kendall Reyes and Peter Konz were still around. They’d look pretty good on Pats right now, either one. You look pretty stupid when you make an obscure pick and it turns out bad.

    On the subject of 2012 trades, #166 was Patriot 5th rounder given to Cincy as part of Chad Ochocinco trade. That pick became Marvin Jones. Just Sayin’

    • acm says:

      a lot of very good and some great prospects were still on the board at the Tavon Wilson head-scratcher. None better imo than LB Lavonte David, who was projected as a late 1st rounder even but fell to 10 or so picks after Wilson. That year’s R. Shazier. And as it turned out later, they actually liked David a lot but for some stupid reason decided to go with a monster reach at a position of slightly bigger need over great value.

  23. acm says:

    Hope Bucanon has that 2nd year growth spur and sticks. Adding another 15-20 lbs of muscle – for an ideal playing wight of 275 lbs – would do wonders for this kid, imo.






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