Prospect Primer-Cornerbacks and Safeties

NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken

We are so close now. Just two days away from real football that matters.  We are rewarded for our long wait with a couple of really good games on Thursday and then I am sure you will all be tuning in on Saturday to watch the Iowa State vs. UNI game like I will be.  One of these years, the Cyclones are gonna sneak up on everyone and win the big 12, maybe this is the year.  No, I have not been drinking, but I am drunk on optimism just like every other fan.  Today, I cover the prospects that have caught my attention in the secondary.  This is a position that could be very interesting to Patriots fans depending on how the rebuild works out this year. I know it will be one position I will be very interested in watching throughout the season. With no further adieu, here are the prospects I will be paying extra attention to.

Cornerbacks:

Much has been made about the overhaul of the Patriots secondary throughout the off season.  Last year, the team had arguably the best secondary it has had in over a decade and the result was a Super Bowl victory.  Almost the entire group of corners has been replaced and we are left with a ton of unknowns going into the season.  The Super Bowl hero, Malcolm Butler is slated to be a starter on one side.  On the other side, we have a bunch of new faces vying for the other starting position.  Terell Brown, Bradley Fletcher, and Robert McClain all have question marks, but the team will be counting on them to play significant snaps. Hopefully one of them can seize the role and lock down the other starting job. Logan Ryan has struggled this preseason and rookie Darryl Roberts looked good early but is hurt and may be headed to IR.  Needless to say, this is a position that lacks stability right now and might be the teams achilles heal.

Seniors:

#2 Will Redmond, Mississippi State 6’0″, 185 Lbs.

#10 Fabian Moreau, UCLA 6’0″, 195 Lbs.

#23 Taveze Calhoun, Mississippi State 6’1″, 184 Lbs.

#31 Eric Murray, Minnesota 6’0″, 194 Lbs.

#3 William Jackson, Houston 6’2″, 175 Lbs.

#3 Jonathan Jones, Auburn 5’10” 181 Lbs.

#8 Lloyd Carrington, Arizona State 5’11”, 189 Lbs.

Underclassman:

#1 Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida 5’11”, 192 Lbs.

#11 Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech 5’11”, 195 Lbs.

#23 Cameron Sutton, Tennessee 6’1″, 190 Lbs.

#16 TreDavious White, LSU 5’11”, 191 Lbs.

#6 KeiVarae Russell, Notre Dame 5’11”, 190 Lbs.

#31 Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech 6’2″, 191 Lbs.

#26 Zach Sanchez, Oklahoma 5’11”, 175 Lbs.

Class Overview:

The real talent in this class will come from the underclassman who declare.  There is some real potential for some play makers if all the underclassman do decide to enter this draft class.  It will be interesting to watch these guys to see who emerges as the best of the class. Unfortunately for the Patriots, talent at this position does not fall too far and many of these guys may be off the board before the Patriots make their first pick. It is also a position that the Patriots have struggled to draft recently so I won’t hold my breath that the team will be able to draft a top end talent.

Safeties:

No other position has created as much controversy with the Patriots than the Safety position. Three years in a row, the team has drafted a player high in the draft that most draft “experts” have considered a reach, and that is putting it nicely.  To be fair to the “experts” they look more right than the Patriots do so far.  Tavon Wilson and Duron Harmon have yet to live up to their draft status. Rookie Jordan Richards will look to buck that trend and has shown a few flashes this preseason.  Devin McCourty is the one player that seems like a reliable piece, but even he has seen time at Cornerback this summer and could potential make a move there if the coaching staff thinks that is best for the team. Patrick Chung had a resurgences last year but will not have the luxury of Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner helping him out.  As many draft picks as the team has thrown at the position, it still has big question marks and I wouldn’t be surprised if the team drafted another one.

Seniors:

#4 Darian Thompson, Boise State 6’2″, 210 Lbs.

#8 Karl Joseph, West Virginia 5’10”, 200 Lbs.

#28 Jalen Mills, LSU 6’1″, 189 Lbs.

#16 Jeremy Cash, Duke 6’2″, 205 Lbs.

#20 Kevin Byard, Mid Tennessee 5’11”, 207 Lbs.

#1 A.J. Stamp, Kentucky 6’0″, 205 Lbs.

#34 Brian Poole, Florida 5’10”, 210 Lbs.

#2 Denzel Nkemdiche, Ole Miss 5’1″, 205 Lbs.

#22 Elijah Shumate, Notre Dame 6’0″, 213 Lbs.

Underclassman:

#8 Jalen Ramsey, Florida State 6’1″, 205 Lbs.

#29 Nate Andrews, Florida State 5’11”, 210 Lbs.

#11 Vonn Bell, Ohio State 5’11”, 205 Lbs.

#28 Orion Stewart, Baylor 6’2″, 200 Lbs.

#20 Jayron Kearse, Clemson 6’4″, 205 Lbs.

Class Overview:

I will be honest, besides the big names, this is a class I do not know a lot about. I have been watching some of last years tape to get a better idea on some of these guys, but this will be a class I learn about as the season progresses.  Like I said above, this is a position that the Patriots seem to look at every year, so even though they have addressed it the last three years, it is a position that needs to be studied.

This is your last chance (just kidding) to get in the prospects I may have missed that you feel strongly about. Let me know and I will add them to my list.

As always, you can find me on twitter @midwestpatsfan

 

 

 

 

17 Responses to “Prospect Primer-Cornerbacks and Safeties”

  1. Kevan says:

    Pats signed Justin Coleman CB, I like it. He caught my eye leading up to the draft.

  2. Russell says:

    Surprise cuts; Patrick Chung, Travaris Cadet, Alan Branch, and Bradley Fletcher

  3. Kevan says:

    Ninko could be LB depth this year with the lack there of which could help the pats keep Rufus Johnson who looks very promising.

  4. Dan Sullivan says:

    My six surprises that make the team.

    Jonathan Freeney LB
    Robert McClain CB
    DaVaris Daniels WR
    David Andrews C
    Ryan Groy G
    Dion Lewis RB

    • GM-in-Training says:

      Who has to go for those to make it? The Pats have tons of defensive line talent, so unless they trade somebody, they’re keeping those. It’s a chance to have a dynamic rotation. I don’t think you can say the same about the O line, so keeping two sleeper interior linemen seems less likely.

    • Ryan says:

      I’ve got Andrews, McClain and Freeney as roster guys. Lewis is a 50/50 to me, and I see Groy and Daniels as practice squad additions who don’t make sense on the roster unless they impress tonight.

    • Kevan says:

      Freeney,McClain,Lewis aren’t really surprises at this point. The lack of depth and competition at LB and CB gives Freeney and McClain the upperhand, Freeney has special teams value too. Lewis is guaranteed to make this team, I would be shocked if he didn’t anyway.

  5. Russell says:

    Check out my Patriots articles on Football Nation. Thanks
    If any of you have Patriots topic’s you would like me to write/research let me know!!

  6. td says:

    What a lot of so-called experts miss is that BB is drafting guys for all THREE phases that includes special teams. I don’t think he is drafting six foot 200 pound guys just to stockpile the safety position, he is getting those guys because they can bring special teams value; Wilson, Ebner, Harmon and Richards.

    • Ryan says:

      Somehow, I don’t think that the second and third rounds should be the time to pick up special teams players. Ebner excluded, three of the players you named were picked way too early for special teams play to justify their presence on the team.

  7. Russell says:

    What you think, will Belichick resign WR Kenbrell Tompkins cut by the Raiders??

    • Mike says:

      AT this point, I don’t see it. It is a year later and there was very little development. I think they will try to fill the PS with other talent.

    • Kevan says:

      Surprised pats went with Daniels over thompkins Russell. I Like Kendbrell a lot and think he can improve here in NE. Anyway, I have my roster pretty much done I just can’t decide on Branch/Walker and Swanson on or off and if on, who’s off? I guess Tavon Wilson vs Ebner is tough too. Wilson adds more to the defense and is pretty good special teams as well, with Harmon and Richards capable of picking up the slack on STs as well.

  8. Jeff says:

    The Pats could lose as many as 3 CBs (depending on how many of Brown, McClain, and Fletcher make the roster) at the end of the season. Certainly seems like a position of need, and with several in-house contracts to take care of, there may not be significant cash to throw at the position. I would think the Patriots will be watching any good cornerbacks falling into the range of their second round pick very closely on draft day, that is unless a projected 7th round safety is available…

  9. Russell says:

    Dax Swanson has looked very good at CB in the preseason, and he has a year in the Patriots system. On the P-Squad last year. I like him better than Fletcher.

  10. Russell says:

    A CB I’m watching is; DeAndre Houston-Carson 6’1″ 195 Lbs 4.52 40yd from William Mary.

    • Mike says:

      Good catch Russell,
      I have heard of him, but have not seen him at all and most likely won’t because of where he plays.

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