NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken
Well, what can I say? Last weekends game was disappointing on so many levels, too many to get into right now. To me, it highlighted how important this off season will be for the Patriots. I know Brady had his struggles, but it was also one of his most impressive performances to date. To get back up so many times after getting pounded into the ground was unbelievable. Some of the throws he had to make were unreal as well. This team has some issues and they need to be addressed and fixed quickly if the Patriots are going to capitalize on the few years Brady has left. One way they might be able to help him out is with some Receiver help, so to avoid any Super Bowl talk, I sat down and watched a bunch of Leonte Carroo, and here is what I saw.
Name: Leonte Carroo (#4)
School: Rutgers (Sr.)
Weight: 202 Lbs.
Carroo has an NFL ready body with a big frame. He shows good burst when running in a straight line. He tracks the ball well and has amazing body control to make tough catches. Carroo also has great hands. He attacks the ball, snatching it out of the air rather than allowing it to get into his body. Carroo displays good footwork in his route running, never giving away his route due to his footwork. He also uses subtle movements with his head and upper body to set up defenders.
Carroo is not real explosive in and out of his cuts, rather he rounds of his routes because of tightness in his lower body. This makes it hard for him to create separation from defenders as well. Carroo also dealt with some off field issues, including a simple assault charge. Carroo is sort of caught in the middle from a measurables standpoint. He is not really a big, tall, down the field receiver and he is not the short, quick than fast type receiver either. Carroo has also dealt with some injuries over his career.
Carroo was really the only play maker on a bad team. His Quarterback was terrible and Carroo consistently bailed him out with tough, contested catches. His body control and hands are off the chart. He also is one of the more developed receivers coming out with his footwork and the subtle nuances to set up defenders. I could see him in a role similar to how the Patriots used Brandon Lafell last season. He is a possession type receiver that can move the chains. He is from Rutgers, so you know he will be high on the Patriots board. The assault charge has to be looked at, but it was dismissed, so it may not be a huge deal. I think he is a top 100 guy in this draft and think he could be a nice fit in the 3rd for the Patriots.