I wanted to know your thoughts on a three prospects: Vinny Curry, Alshon Jeffery and Chandler Jones? Which could you see most in a Pats uniform? Keep up the great work.
Obviously it’s difficult to say with any degree of certainty but I’ll go with Jones. He showed the ability to do some different things at Syracuse and has the size and versatility to project as an outside linebacker if the Patriots choose to go with their normal 3-4 base defense. Jones isn’t necessarily the best pass rusher in the draft but he can get after the quarterback a bit while also performing well against the run and doing a lot of different things to contribute on defense. This all-around nature is why I think he has a chance to be in the Patriots plans. Curry is an interesting pass rusher who also could be in the team’s plans. I’m not sure he’s as versatile as Jones, though, so I put him in second place of these three. I don’t like Jeffery much at all. He’s a bid bodied receiver but has questionable speed and work ethic. He doesn’t always get open and too often relied on his size to make plays at South Carolina. He’s physically gifted but I’d rather go with several other receivers – like Kendall Wright, Reuben Randall, Stephen Hill or Jaron Criner.
Is it just me or every year since the last Super Bowl victory, the Patriots look just one or two playmakers away from winning it all? I know that it's not easy as it looks, but if Bill Belichick drafted one more playmaker two years ago, that could have made a difference last February. The point is we need talent now. Trading down or trading for a first next year makes me sick. Quarterbacks like
While I understand the frustration of constantly trading picks and moving down in the draft, it’s hard to argue with the results that philosophy has brought. The team constantly has multiple picks in early rounds and therefore is one of the teams that annually controls the draft. At the same time, the on-field talent of the club is good enough that Belichick and Brady have made sure the Patriots are perennial title contenders. It’s true to say this defense lacks playmakers and it could be argued that a few more would likely put New England over the top. But it’s also tough to say the draft system is failing the team and resulting in falling short. It’s hard to stay on top of the heap every year like the Patriots have done, and working the draft to acquire extra picks is one reasons they have been able to do so. I don’t believe Belichick’s goal is finding a replacement for Brady or anything else other than doing what he feels is best for both the short- and long-term interests of his team.
The draft is this coming week and I've been buzzing with questions. I'd like to pose the question that we will be getting a right DE in the draft? We currently don't have any signed up on the roster. We lost Mark Anderson to the Bills and I believe
I think defensive linemen will be one of a handful of positions the Patriots will be looking to fill. Free agent addition
I saw the recent safety breakdown by Andy and was wondering opinion of Brandon Hardin since he wasn't listed. With the drop off after Barron and the signing of
Hardin is an interesting prospect. He missed a lot of time during his career at Oregon State due to injuries and didn’t play at all as a senior because of a shoulder problem. That caused him to not to get invited to the Combine and therefore had him as a fringe prospect. But his immense athleticism – particularly his speed – and strong workouts have him back on the radar. He has definite cover skills as a corner and his speed should make him a solid candidate to play free safety at the NFL level. He has some definite upside and would be a great mid-round possibility. Good find, Ryan.
Due to prior year trades, the Pats only have six picks left in this year's draft. We all expect more trades to occur this weekend. Question: Do the Pats have any additional draft picks in next year's draft (acquired from other teams in prior trades) which could be used as capital this year?
As of now the Patriots do not have any additional picks in the 2013 draft, and in fact they lost their fifth-round selection as part of the Albert Haynesworth compensation and their sixth-rounder in the
I can't remember dude's name, but there used to be this guy who would write a Friday breakdown type post. He was some professional writer who had written a couple of TV shows, etc. What happened to that/him? I used to love reading his stuff. He had a great opinion and was really funny. Any chance he comes back?
If you’re a fan of “PFW in Progress” you might know him as John in LA. His name is John Cockrell and he is indeed a professional writer in Hollywood for a show called “In Plain Sight” on USA Network. John used to write a column for us called “Friday Outtakes” in which he took a sometimes whimsical look at the league. But real life and his professional commitments no longer afford him the time to continue his fine work for us so the column no longer appears on patriots.com. I’ll be sure to let him know he has a fan asking for him.