Patriots Draft Thoughts

  1. Some say you have to wait a few years before judging a player/pick or a draft class. Most of the time I agree but I always believe you can identify some players that will translate to the next level. And I think we drafted a few of them. I believe we’ll have at least 3 starters from this draft & it could get better. Wynn, Michel, Dawson are all plug & play players. They will absolutely have their “rookie” moments but these are 3 very solid picks with traits that immediately translate to the NFL. Not only did we walk away with certain starters with upside, not an easy feat in any draft. We also stockpiled picks for 2019, giving us 6 Top 100 picks next year. Our 1st, 2nd, 2nd from Chicago, a 3rd from the Lions as well as two 3rd round comp picks.

New England made moves to win now. The Wynn & Michel picks have to put a smile on Brady’s face. Wynn will be his & Michel’s enforcer helping the QB stay upright & clean. Michel is a swiss army knife that gives Tom another weapon in the run & rec game. Not to mention another way to diagnose defenses pre snap. These were two very calculated picks that know each other very well. Literally worked & complemented each other too. Safe to say the chemistry on offense just got better despite adding new players. I thought this was a great draft that brought in NFL ready players to make a difference day one. And again we added to the future as well. Here’s a little breakdown & some thoughts on each player.

Wynn will start & play either T or G & I believe, with all due respect to Mason & Thuney. I really believe Wynn is a little better than both right now. He’s a throwback that can roll his hips generate big boy power. Obviously Isaiah will have a lot to learn & some adjustments to make but this guy is a tremendous player. If you ask Bill what he wants in an OL’m he’ll say Big, Athletic, Tough & Smart. Now some might be put off by Wynn’s size for Tackle but he handled every pass rusher thrown at him & showed + mental processing, handling stunts & delayed blitz. When he gets his paws on you the play is dead. Very strong mitts. Wynn is mini mammoth multi-tasker that brings so much across the line. He has the body control to escort defenders away from the play & strength to kick fools out da club. Wynn would walk miles each day to play & practice football after high school. He’s a reliable, tough, durable football player to his core. He was my favorite pick of the draft & has a chance to be one of the 5-10 best players in the 2018 class.

 

Michel is another player that will make an immediate impact. Again some may complain (I have a feeling they do this about everything) about he previous knee injury but we didn’t draft Sony thinking about a 2nd contact. He’s a win now pick that is a little bull in the run game. Very decisive runner that will lower his shoulder. Great job at following & setting up his blocks. Very nice vision & patience at the line. He’ll change up his pace & tempo to work with his blocks. Has that burst to explode for a big gain & the moves to shake defenders in the open field. He definitely has that Kamara feel & was graded higher by me fwiw (Kamara-7.90 – Michel-8.20) Michel, Burkhead, White & Hill/Gillislee is one hell of a backfield. I said this last night but good luck defender our 21 package with Michel, Rex, Gronk & co. Teams will have to commit their best S/LB’s to these player & really open things up for our WR’s.

(What’s funny is you can see both of their traits that translate in each of their highlights)

 

Duke Dawson seems to be under rated by some but I love the pick. Dawson is a gritty DB that is plug & play in the slot/Nickel but always has some experience at S. He’s played everywhere in that UF secondary & learned from some pretty good DB’s in Wilson, Maye, Teez & others. Dawson has great route recognition & won’t hesitate to break off & make a play when the opportunity presents itself. Very aggressive in run support. Very physical player but especially at the line. Duke has a very effective jam & is able to reroute WR’s at the L.O.S. He has the feet to quicks to stay with receivers in a short area & take away the underneath. He’ll erase the slant, screen & reverse. Very smart, tough player. Hasn’t allowed over 40% cmp in over 2 years. Typical P-TP

 

Bentley I didn’t grade because of lack of tape but am familiar with the player. Maryland native that is a heavy hitter & enjoys the contact part of playing defense. There were more than a few times I saw him diagnose a play, work through the much & make a play at or behind the line. He’s not a speed demon but he plays faster than he looks. He suffered a season ending injury in 2015 but bounced nicely the following year. He’s a force in the middle & isn’t someone RB’s will want to meet in the hole. He’s a hip sinking hitter that will knock the snot out of you.

Christian Sam is another player that plays a lot faster than he timed. Loose player with good c.o.d. , he can hang with bigger TE’s underneath & up the seem. Quick twitch player that when he just trust what he see’s is a force. At times he just reacts off what he see’s & is able to slip through the bigger bodies to make a play around or behind the line. He’ll touch a few passes. Pressure the QB. Pops through his hips when he hits. He’ll really benefit from the film room with NFL coaches as his play recognition & ability to diagnose needs to improve.

 

If you’ve followed the draft & potential patriot targets Braxton Berrios might be the most Patriot-Type Player in the class. From his ACL injury, to the tough slot receiver cliché, he just fits like a glove (Ace Ventura voice while snapping an imaginary glove) Berrios is a great route runner that makes everything look the same. At the line, in route/before he breaks, it all looks alike. He was very underutilized until recentlu but made a big impact when given the chance. He has + hands & has no problem catching through contact & taking a big hit. He has that big catch on 3rd down feel & knows what his role is. He always bring special teams value. If he’s healthy he’s a contributor at worst & at best our new slot wr,

 

I love the Keion Crossen pick. He was definitely on my radar & obviously the Patriots as well. Undersized but very aggressive CB. Very easy, fluid mover that might be able to follow some of the smaller, quicker receivers around if they move on motion. He’s fearless & doesn’t hesitate in run support. Won’t just stayed blocked. Very smart, high character guy that will intergrade himself into the team & community if given the chance. He’s a very high energy player that doesn’t quit.  I really this player & where we got him. He checks all the boxes we like from an athletic standpoint too.

 

Danny Etling was a bit of a surprise but you can understand the thought process here. Etling might not have mental processing capabilities to digest quick info on the fly but has some physical gifts you see right away on film. He has a very quick release, the ball shoots out at times. He doesn’t have a “cannon” but when his head & body are friends & working together he can sling it down the field. At times he really pushed the ball the field. He can make just about any NFL throw if he gets polished up.

 

Ryan Izzo is Y-type tight end that can be brought in on goal line, short yardage. Work in play action of some misdirection & eat up unaccounted yards. Overall shows good promise a blocker but has to commit to getting & maintaining inside hands as well as leverage. Right now he doesn’t have the play strength to just out muscle guys.

18 Responses to “Patriots Draft Thoughts”

  1. kevinz says:

    I like to add you know Dawson was liked by Pats since struggled so badly vs RPO’s gave up most yds per att than any other team. Defending slants and RPO’s are a strength of dawson so guessing that drew them to him to help defend them type plays.

  2. Stephen J says:

    A little insight into QB Danny Etling from Adam Kurkjian

    Very, very tough kid. Will play through some brutal shots. Decent mobility. Not a particularly strong arm. Sometimes can be a little too careful and wait for a WR to break instead of throwing him open. Had his best year in 17 and will benefit from a more wide-open offense.

    My working theory on why the Pats liked him. Essentially, it has more to do with his experience with Matt Canada as his OC this year than it does with Cam Cameron the previous year, which goes against what Caserio said in the press conference. While Caserio noted that Cameron’s offense was ‘pro style,’ it was not a better fit for what the Patriots do than what Canada asks of his quarterbacks.

    Bear in mind that the last two quarterbacks the Pats have drafted – Brissett and Etling – played under Canada at one point.

    When I talked to Jacoby Brissett last year about what makes Canada so good, the gist of it was that he can run anything from week to week based on matchups and implement it effectively in a short period of time. Canada’s track record bears that out.

    Canada lit up Clemson and Penn State in 2016 at Pittsburgh. There are a number of reasons for that, but the most distinct feature is the amount of motioning, line movements and shifting to confuse pre-snap reads by defenders while also forcing them to show their hand.

    The basic tenet of using receivers in motion to give the entire offense a sense of what the coverages will be is a good parallel to what the Patriots do when they motion receivers across. Same concept, it just looks different and more unconventional in Canada’s form.

    Some of the motion and shifting – to the best of my knowledge – is setting up predetermined stuff, but a lot of it puts the onus on the players to adjust to how the defense reacts to it. That’s also a nice general fit for what the Patriots do.

    Also, you know all those shovel passes to tight ends that popped up all over the place this past year? Those are Canada plays that worked like a charm at Pitt and not everyone in the NFL was able to utilize as well. Just a creative wrinkle that OC’s respect and copycat.

    So, in my opinion, the Pats saw someone in Etling who had his best season in an offense that parallels a lot of what they do. The ability for him to spend extra time and develop in it perhaps is where they see him hitting his ceiling.

  3. Stephen J says:

    Evan Lazar created a thread of each Patriots draft pick located here

    https://twitter.com/ezlazar/status/990777112607866881

  4. Stephen J says:

    Another Comparison

    …………….Keion Crossen………..Jonathan Jones
    Height…….5’9 1/8″………………..5’9 1/8″
    Weight…….178……………………..186
    40………….4.33…………………….4.33
    10 Split……1.56…………………….1.47
    Vert………..39.5″……………………36″
    Broad………10″11″………………….10’3″
    20 Shuttle…4.01……………………..4.25
    3 Cone……..6.67……………………..7.25
    Bench………13………………………..19

    College Stats(Note Level of Competition not the same)

    Career Games…46……………………31
    Solo Tackles……106………………….87
    Solo Tkl/Game…2.30………………..2.81
    Total Tackles……165…………………129
    Total Tkl/Game…3.59………………..4.16
    TFL……………….5.0………………….3.5
    TFL/Game……….0.1087……………..0.1129
    Int’s………………3.0………………….7.0
    PBU’s……………..19.0………………..24.0
    PBU’s/Game……..0.41………………..0.77
    FF’s………………..1.0………………….2.0

    Crossen had 5 Kick Returns for his career for 147 yards average 29.40 yards/return
    Crossen had 0 Punt Returns in his career

  5. Stephen J says:

    One other interesting note that I came across was Marcus Cannon. I looked at his contract and after this year there is a possible out for the Patriots. They would save money by cutting/releasing him next year. His contract goes up to 7.55 million next year and dead money of 2.8 million(2019-2020 GTD 1.4 million per year) with this year being 5.768 million and dead money of 8.2 million. If Brown works out then the Pats could also attempt to trade Marcus Cannon along with a draft pick to move up in next years draft. Similar to what the Bills did this year with Cordy Glenn.
    Seems like BB might be planning ahead. Just something to keep in mind for 2019.

  6. Stephen J says:

    Here is another one for you TE Ryan Izzo is more of a blocking TE. He will be competing against Dwayne Allen.

    …………..Ryan Izzo……..Dwayne Allen
    Height…..6’4 5/8″……….6’3 1/8″
    Weight….256…………….255
    40……….4.86……………4.89
    10 Split…1.69……………1.73
    Vert……..33″…………….32″
    Broad…..9’2″…………….9’2″
    20 Shuttle…4.43………..4.37
    3 Cone….7.15…………..7.12

    College Stats

    Career Games…29……….41
    Receptions……..54……….93
    Recp/Game…….1.86…….2.27
    Yards……………761……..1079
    Yards/Game……26.24…..26.32
    Yards/Recp……..14.1……11.6
    TD’s……………..6.0……..12.0
    TD’s/Game……..0.21…….0.30

  7. Stephen J says:

    Well I mentioned in the Vita Vea scouting report about the Pats looking for a Hightower replacement

    http://www.nepatriotsdraft.com/2018/04/scouting-report-vita-vea-dt.html

    Well guess what Ja’whaun Bentley seems to be that guy. Nick Caserio stated that he was a MLB during his press conference.

    ………………Ja’whaun Bentley…..Dont’a Hightower
    He played at 260 lbs……………….plays at 265
    Height……..6’1 5/8″……………….. 6’2 1/4″
    40…………..4.75……………………4.68
    10 Split…….1.66……………………1.66
    Vert…………29.5″…………………..33″
    Broad………9’3″…………………….9’9″
    20 Shuttle…4.40……………………4.64
    3 Cone……..7.12……………………7.55

    College Stats

    Career Games…37…………………44
    Solo Tackles……160……………….101
    Total Tackles……272……………….234
    TFL’s…………….29.5………………21.0
    Sacks……………1.0………………..5.0
    Int’s……………..2.0………………..1.0
    PBU’s…………….7.0……………….7.0
    FF’s………………2.0………………..2.0

    PFF had him rated at 91.2 overall which ranked second among draft-eligible LBs in 2018.
    His 95.0 run-defense grade ranks 5th in the PFF College era for a linebacker.
    He was was the first three-time captain in Purdue football history.
    He is 21 years old and is still a little raw will need a year or two to develop.

  8. brandon maxham says:

    I really like the Christian Sam ,Isaiah Wynn ,Braxton Berrios and Keion Crossen picks.

    I’m undecided on Dawson ,Michel and Bentley picks and I’m ok with the Etling and Izzo picks.

    I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t go with a couple more defensive players but I understand why they might of.

  9. td says:

    It was interesting to see after the Pat’s took Michel, the RB’s started flying off the board in the start of the 2nd round.

    • kevinz says:

      Yea noticed that think once Pats seen Sea take Penny BB knew a run on RB was coming so grabbed the best one for our system.

  10. macspak says:

    If Brady plays til 45, or close to it, as he has stated there is no need to find his replacement now. Two to three years is plenty of time to groom an heir.

    I was high on Lamar Jackson not due to need because but because he has potential greatness.

  11. macspak says:

    Salary Cap

    Dwayne Allen $5,000,000

    Gillislee $2,100,000

    Neither have any dead cap hit. Allen may stick with a large restructure though his skill set easily is replaced. Hard to see Gillislee sticking under any circumstance.

    Probably looking at $7 M in cap savings to be used elsewhere.

  12. TommyG says:

    1) People where looking for edge players but I think we are forgetting the options that the Pats have on the roster. First, Eric Lee was a player that the Pats had their eye on prior to them signing him off the Bills’s Practice Squad. He flashed early on including a monster game vs the Bills he could definitely improve with a full offseason with the team. Keionta Davis was a beast at Chattanooga. It was reported that Bill worked him out personally and he was essentially redshirted last season. He can be a huge factor this season.

    2) Harvey Langi is the coverage side to side LB that we wanted Pats to draft. He is described as athletic and rangy by football scouts. When I looked up his combine numbers his 7.00 3-cone time is .05 seconds slower than Rashaan Evans. His 40 time is better than Leighron Vander Esch. He has some good measurables compared to the Lb’s that were taken in the draft.

    3) Through trading down the Pats have accumulated some draft assets that could be potentially used to acquire some veteran talent before start of the season. I read somewhere that KJ Wright might be a option to be traded. Pats were also able to increase cap space by shedding some players so the ability to take on another decent contract is possible (first taking care of Brady and Gronk).

    I know most fans are skeptical of what we have but as Bill has said the team building process is a long extensive one and we have to see what the team looks like for game one before passing judgement.

  13. kevinz says:

    I like the RB webb pick up as a UDFA nice tough durable back like how runs like beast mode not saying great like lynch just his lower half looks the same when runs hard for me to explain lol

  14. Jeff says:

    Well the Pats certainly didn’t address the most glaring needs in the front seven in a way that we all hoped, but to be fair, the premier linebackers and edge rushers were off the board by the time pick 23 came up, and the Pats drafted players at perhaps the 3 strongest position groups in the draft, so let’s hope they were able to pick winners from these strong groups, and that next year’s draft will be stronger at linebacker and defensive end.

  15. Jeff says:

    I’m happy with the trades for picks next year. It’s generally good business, but I see it as crucial as we’re now in the phase where they’re seriously looking for a successor to Brady. I don’t mind if they put it off one or two more years as I trust Hoyer as a backup, but when the right guy comes along, I want the Pats to have the ammunition, as they did this year, to move up to get him.

  16. EdgeX says:

    I’ll post this again here because it is more relevant.

    I wanted more of a defensive draft. Didn’t get it.

    I thought guys like Lorenzo Carter, Kemoko Turay, Josh Sweat, Duke Ejiofor, Ade Aruna, Chad Thomas, Rasheem Green, Nathan Shepard, Dorance Armstrong etc. could really help the team. It’s hard right now to say they couldn’t have. But what do I know I’m just an armchair QB.

    The Pat’s usually know something the rest of us don’t. So we will just have to wait and see how it works out.

    I’m fine with the first 3 picks…not sure out of any of the others who sticks.

  17. kevin z says:

    Gonna say at first glance was surprised what Positions took and where at.
    Overall happy though I see Wynn being a mankins type LT or Mason type mayb tad better at guard.

    RB :Sony reminds me of a Hunt when runs inside the tackles but reminds me of Kamara once in space.

    CB-S Dawson adds some edge to the back seven with QB’s releasing ball sooner than ever tackling in space as big or bigger than outside rush nowadays.

    Bentley just know hes tough don’t know much about him as much do on other players drafted

    LB Sam more athletic in uniform than in shorts at the combine remind me on the high end of Thomas davis or lower end Darrly smith both active players always looking for work

    WR BB. like this pick liked him along with Quinn glad got one or the other.

    The others don’t know enough about from the time studied the draft.
    I think from this draft along with small class returning from last year the Pats have got some young talent to see who Blossoms Got a nice amount of bites at the Apple to hit on a few.

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