Draft 2018 Blog.
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years Draft was a crappy Draft. One thing I've learned over the years is
that the more talented a Draft is the easier it is to predict. The less
talented a Draft, the harder it is to predict. This year's Draft was the
hardest to predict in years. Teams look for needs much more, and become comfortable
with a player for much less visible reasons in a bad Draft. Like they have
the same taste in movies. Because talent wise there were not a lot of
super stand out guys.
reminds me of the 2007 Draft, which was mostly a disaster for most teams.
The Pats bailed out of that Draft, and really only drafted Brandon
Meriweather. BB bailed out of the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds for two veteran
WRs and a bag of beans. Then drafted throw away special teamers, including
a couple of LBs, and took their ball and went home. Sound familiar?
Because that is what BB did in this Draft, again.
look at the top of the Draft. Teams kept bucking the trends. Taking a 5-10
they had to put in a barrel of water to get his weight up over 180) in
the top five. Who may or may not be able to play outside because of his
size. He was a one year starter, with two career interceptions! And was
picked 4th overall? He is smaller than Jason Verrett. Verrett tested much
more athletic, was heavier, and he went 25 in 2014.
was a 20-spots lower, and Ward's Tape was not better than Verrett's.
"The more I watch him the more I grow to appreciate him," one scout
said to BobMcGinnFootball.com. "There are times he is [excellent] at the ball, and there are times he is not. He will turn and track the ball. He's got great, great feet and great change of direction. Willing tackler."
What that means is that he wasn't an elite CB, "until I started
watching the other guys in this year's class."
went first overall for goodness sakes. He was compared to Drew Brees,
which is not a compliment. Brees is the exception to the size rule at QB.
99% of the QBs drafted under 6-1 are busts or move to other positions. A
sub 6-1 QB cannot see and throw over an NFL O-line, unless he is the aberration.
What Brees and Wilson do is incredible, and bucks most trends that make
QBs great. But Brees and Wilson also have a ton of things that Mayfield
doesn't, like elite character.
doesn't have near their physical traits either. Mayfield went on that
Sport Science show and threw
the ball 52-MPH, sounds pretty good to me. I wish I could throw a
football 52-MPH. However, no QB has had a successful career in the NFL if
their fastball was under 55-MPH. So he's too short, he's pudgy, he threw
more wobbly-bobbley balls, and he doesn't have the arm to play QB in the
NFL. AND, a team saw him as the best player in this Draft.
I wonder why BB abandoned all hope in this Draft and traded out? It was
never more obvious that this is the least talented Draft since 2007, as
when you take a cold hard look at the OLs. Quenton "Friggin'"
Nelson was the top OL taken! Are you kidding me? He is an OG. OGs never-never-never
are the first OLs taken in a Draft. Not since the 70s. Stop and think
about that for a second.... Do you remember the last Draft when an OLT
wasn't the first OL taken? I seriously think it was John Hannah in 1973
(and that is way to funny to fact check;).
mean, McGlinchey was taken 9th? When most seemed to agree that he is an
ORT in the NFL? An offensive RIGHT tackle taken top ten? Some one sounds
the alarms! Realty is slapping us in the face! I was the one who brought
Kolton Miller into the 1st Round conversation. I thought he was the best
OLT prospect in the Draft (before the Pats took Wynn;), and I wasn't 100%
certain he was a left tackle, and was looking at him at Pick 31 for the
Pats. He went 15 to the Raiders.
Miller was so well thought of in NFL circles that an OLG and an ORT went
before him in the Draft. Just stop and think about how insanely odd that
really is.... And Nelson is good, but he ain't that good. He ain't Hannah
good! The NFL hype machines had to go nuts, to pump up these guys
profiles. To make them sound elite. Nelson needs work in Pass Pro, which
is kind of important. They didn't have him move backwards in Pass Pro. He
rarely short set. He had trouble hitting guys the further outside he
pulled. He was made to look better, because he played next to McGlinchey
(yes that was a cheap shot at those who said the opposite about
never-never-never take an RB in the 1st. You never-never-never-ever-never
take a Penn State RB in the 1st! You never-ever-ever-anymore take an RB in
the top ten or twenty or so, not any more. These have been the rules of
the Draft for a Decade or more. But they bucked that trend big time in
this Draft. Maybe Barkley is a Golden-Shirter? But he is definitely not if
you pay attention to the long standing trends of the Draft.
top two picks in this Draft have everything that many of the biggest busts
in Draft history have had. If you're a Cleveland or a New Jersey fan, go
back and look at the history of some of those Draft Picks and cringe. The
Browns have had 26 straight busts at QB that Joe Thomas had blocked for,
and then take the guy with the lowest floor, and biggest bust potential of
all the QBs. Taking a Penn State RB 2nd overall is just tempting fate. And
of course, look up at the records of USC QBs since Carson Palmer was
drafted. It is a list of big time busts (but maybe Palmer finally retiring
will bust the USC-QB curse;).
mean three RBs were taken in the 1st (four if you include Jackson;). Okay,
so that trend was busted last season. But BB hasn't drafted an RB in the
1st since Laurence Maroney in 2006, which was another crappy Draft (and
the one before that was Robert Edwards, that is not good). 2006 First Round
busts and disappointments: Vince Young, Matt Leinart (USC QB baby), Jay Cutler
(busted for Broncos), Ernie Sims, Donte Whitner, Laurence Maroney, John McCargo....
for the Pats: Laurence Maroney, David Thomas TE, Garrett Mills TE, Jeremy Mincey
DE, Dan Stevenson OG, Le Kevin Smith DL, Willie Andrews I forgot, and some
guy named Chad Jackson in the 2nd. The best player from this Draft for the
Pats was a friggin' Kicker: Stephen Gostkowski, and the second best was Ryan O'Callaghan,
who started in the Super Bowl at ORT. So is it any wonder BB bailed out of
this Draft like his plane was on fire.
look at the OLTs in this Draft. It is the worst I've ever seen. The Pats
were Des-Per-Ate for an OLT in this Draft. The Pats took one of two OLTs
in this years Draft (if McGlinchey is an ORT like 3/4 of Teams seemed to
think;), and he is 6-2 and change. The last OLT to play at his size, was
Matt Light. Light was a freak at OLT. No one has done it at OLT at his
size since the 70s. He is a Drew Brees like aberration at OLT.
I though Wynn was a better OG prospect than Nelson. He may have been the
best OLT in college last season. He certainly was from this Draft. But he
showed up at the Combine at 6-2 3/4", 313-punds, small 8 1/2"
Hands, and 33.3" Arms. Most of those numbers are unarguably OLG
numbers. However, Wynn has eerily similar Combine measurements to Light
(he didn't work out because of a bum shoulder).
was a little shorter than Light. Matt was a little over 6-3 and listed at
6-4. Wynn is listed at 6-3. But they measured with the exact same sized
Hands and Arms. Light was two-pounds lighter at the Combine. So BB saw
another Light in Wynn at Georgia. And Wynn did it in the SEC. Light came
out in the 2001 Draft, which was not a great Draft either, and ironically
the Draft that Drew Brees was taken in the 2nd (not First Friggin'
this Draft was so bad that Mayfield was the 1st pick, while Brees was the
1st pick in the 2nd Round in 2001! The Pats trade up in the 2nd to pick
Light at 48. The ceiling for Wynn is Matt Light, who had a vastly
underrated career for the Pats. Only Wynn was picked at 23 in the
1st. That is a 25 pick difference between Light and Wynn (and a 57-pick
difference between Brees-Light and Mayfield-Wynn;).
the Pats went and drafted a RB in the 1st. Pick 31 was used on an RB.
After BB had spent the past decade distaining runningbacks. Remember how
we laughed at BB for snagging three or four RBs off the scrap heap last
off season (depending on if you include Dion;). But then he suddenly looks
at this Crappy Draft and says, "Hey, an RB is the 31st best player in
this Draft." That is not a good sign.
BOOM! Belichick ran screaming from the Day Two and Three like his pants
were on fire. He sent the skunk-fart pick into oblivion for a 2nd in next
years Draft and two 4ths. Then promptly traded the two 4ths for a hand
full of poop, and a 3rd in next years Draft. Then he trade down for two special
Teams LBs, and a handful of 7ths. That is not saying, "this Draft
sucks!" That is saying "this is the worst damn Draft I have ever
evaluated!!! Except maybe the 2007 Draft."
Draft is so over hyped now that it is hard to tell the truth from the sell
(no truer words have been spoken, with all the advertise we are constantly
bombarded with by corporations every damn day). We now have three massive
Television Corporation hyping the NFL Draft at warp speed. It was almost unwatchable
Thursday Night, and was unwatchable Friday (but it was oddly soothing on
Saturday;). So the TV Draft Evaluators have become more hype machines than
critics (and I'm not saying I'm innocent in their shenanigans
let me be the first to be honest enough to say that the talent in this
years Draft was the worst since 2007, when BB bailed out of the the draft.
BB bailed even harder out of the 2007 Draft than in this Draft. Abandoned
Day Two completely, and started
drafting Special Teams guys in the 6th: 6th Justin Rogers, OLB, SMU, 6th Mike Richardson, CB, Notre Dame, 7th Oscar Lua, LB, USC.
One Draft pick, Meriwether made the team.
a handful of Pro Bowlers were snagged in the 2007 Draft by BB's Epic Bail.
He used his 2nd Round pick to sign Wes Welker from Miami as a RFA. He
traded a 4th for Randy Moss. Those two guys help lead to the almost
undefeated season. Believe it or not but Meriweather was a Pro Bowler
once. And apparently one of the picks they picked up in the Epic Bail led
when you look back on this Draft it will be remembered for Wynn, Michel,
and Dawson. But also the extra 2nd and 3rd we will have next year. And
maybe a veteran pickup or two; like Clayborn, Danny Shelton, or Jeremy
Hill. And maybe, just maybe, it will lead to an undefeated season like
they they almost had in 2008 (or maybe not;).
is my guy. Most had him in Day Three, and I put him up in Day One and
suddenly everyone moved him up to Day Two (and I reluctantly lowered
him;). Wynn, Kolton Miller, and Dawson where upgraded
by the so called experts after my Tapes of them came out. Dawson is the
smartest DB in this Draft. He is elite at mirroring WRs outside.
lacks a little speed, so he plays Off and has to get physical a lot. But
he is quick and twitchy and has that knack for knowing what WRs are trying
to do. He reminds me of Logan Ryan: Elite
cover skills, but might be a tick slow with long speed. He could be the
best pick to go in this Draft (and maybe play in a Pro Bowl like
watch him in Press moving
half turned and shutting down the WR. Love-love-love him in Press (:01). Great
swivel hips to stand in the way of the WR, and then instantly turn and run
say he doesn't have the deep speed. But he had no trouble running deep
down field with the fast WR there. He rarely got beat over the top.
the quick hop outside to send the WR inside. He knew he has help coming
from the Middle. Then he ran deep on the WR's hip with no trouble. He
leaped over his shoulder to slap the ball down. That wasn't a PI. Well, he
may have grabbed a little shirt (:47). Watch him move backwards, and
weave in front of the WR to cut off his release. He is one of the best
movers in this Draft. Especially moving backwards (1:05). Where
exactly was the space that QB thought he was throwing into. Dawson made a
better play on that ball than the WR.
was a bit of a Keystone Cop Coverage. Dawson zoned the Flat. Then moved
inside when no WR stayed in the Flat (1:15). I love how locked in on
the WR Dawson is in Press. He stays facing the WR, moving backwards and/or
sidewards, longer than any other CB
in this Draft. Watch the hop back and the instant snap of the hips back. His
hips were so quick it actually open the comeback for the WR (1:23). Then
he just has to get physical to break up the pass. He is also a tough kid
who plays better the more physical it gets. That was positively Logan
him start to take the deep WR. Then he read it, and took the perfect angle
to get all the way across the field to knock the RB out of bounds. That
was great run defense by Dawson (1:51). Great nimble feet moving
backwards in front to the WR to slow his release. The WR went deep, but
the only space Dawson left for the QB to throw into was out of bounds (2:04). Watch
Dawson's quick feet move subtly back weaving a little to end the pattern
(2:24). Then he changed his style completely. He 3/4ers it to protect
the sideline. He knew he had help inside (2:32). He played it perfectly.
He has that knack for being in the right spot. The ball was popped up
by Dawson's teammate who was the help inside. Dawson snagged the ball with
his easy natural hands, and returned the Pick for Six.
was signaling the other CBs. He was the smartest CB in the Draft, and played with the
soundest technique last season. Watch how smooth he protected the outside
again. Then broke off coverage to tackle the RB. Some think he is a FS who
can run the defense (3:07). I think he is a straight up Corner all
off, and he never took his eye out of the backfield. He broke inside
past the WR, and took the RB down (3:15). He plays with great COD. Watch
the Change Of Direction as he burst inside, and then broke outside to
grab the TE breaking outside (3:23). He knew the pattern that WR was
running (3:29), and he ended it while barely moving.
quick feet, and great quick COD (3:37). He took on the big OL, and
would have taken down the WR as well, if not for the hurdle (3:47). He
got a little over aggressive when he was suppose to be protecting the sideline
(3:57). I love how he charged up field sideways, protecting the edge
(4:07). He was scared to give the sideline to the RB
love this kid. He catches everything. You cannot watch him without seeing
Wes Welker. He is feisty. Watch the angle and how long he runs to get in a
block for his teammate. You have to love that (:01). Looks like
Welker in the Slot (:08). He got open on the short curl, but couldn't
hold on. However, the CB clearly got there early.
went inside, and then watch the burst in pattern to get open over the
middle. He saw the QB take off and blocked the LB for his QB. You have to
love this kid (:22). Watch the feet and shiftiness in pattern
crossing over the middle (:38). Terrific block on the edge
against the bigger guy (:46). He has to be able to block bigger
guys, because he will be the smallest guy on the field in the NFL.
the great block for his teammate again (:55). Watch the quicks,
as he burst back for the ball. That is the COD that is going to get him
open in the NFL (1:07). Wide open running an Out underneath his teammates (1:20). Only
the QB threw it this time. He is a bit of a body catcher sometimes, which
is probably why he fell to 210. But he never drops the ball.
knows how to run patterns to get open seemingly every time (1:30). Watch
the great burst to cut inside and split the LBs. He breaks wide open on
the 3rd level. He catches everything (2:04). Nice
speed down the Seam. Then the break inside to get wide open (2:12). Nice
suddenness in the shoulders on the inside break to get wide open
underneath the coverage.
out pattern, and he is wide open again. He is so quick in pattern that
college kids can't cover him (2:27). He
splits the DBs off the play action, and looked like he got open behind
them (2:39). He runs through coverages like Welker, and always
seems to break open (2:48). He was the best pick in this Draft.
He will be another reason why Brady can throw in under 2.5 seconds. I hope
they can find a way to stash him for a year or two, or he makes the roster
as a punt returner, because this kid has some grit.
quick feet moving backwards in coverage. Smooth hips moving back (:19). Nice
COD turning outside in coverage, and not getting fooled by the play action (:27). Rosen
fooled him with his eyes, but watch the great snap back to the other receiver
to take him down (:33). He read it wrong before the snap (:40). He
was fooled by the play action.
made the blocker miss at the point (1:23). That is just not good (1:29). Nice
hips turning and running down the Seam with the TE. He made Rosen
have to throw it low and outside. That was not a catch. That was nice
coverage on the tight end going down the seam (1:40). An LB has to be
able to cover the TE going down the Seam in the NFL.
we go. He had 3 Sacks and 9.5 TFLs last season. He didn't rush, but watch
the coverage. He jammed the TE out of the play with his hands. Great
coverage. And that is how he will be blocking the Jammer on punt returns
as a rookie (1:47). Watch him move laterally all the way across
the field and stay in front of the RB (1:53). Then when the RB
snuck through the traffic, he got him. That is great run defense by Sam.
He had 127 tackles last season.
took a false step on the NFL Play Action. He had to turn his back to the
QB and bail to get back into position. However, he did get to the RB
inside the numbers (2:01). He was able to time the blitz well. He
almost got the RB. He was in position for the end around and missed it (2:10).
Nice coverage to slide outside and back to the slot WR (2:28). He has
to make that tackle.
read the Option too slow (2:39). He falls for the playaction, but
watch him work his way back to cut off the WR crossing. Nice Zone coverage (2:43).
He has to stop letting OLs get inside his hands (2:54). Takes a false
step forward again. Just ask Bruschi how much that pisses BB off (3:01). Nice
burst outside to help on the WR (3:08). But watch the quick
recovery as he sees the RB sneak out of the backfield, and he cuts him
off. That is great coverage.
coverage on the TE, but he should have come up faster and hit him (3:17). False
steps in play action. But watch the recovery as he slid back and grabbed
the Slot guy. He covered the Slot guy for about forty or fifty
yards across the field (3:23). He took on the blocker, and got a
hand on the RB (3:42). But he has to take the RB down there.
made the big OL miss, but lost the ball in traffic (3:47). He is
not a good blitzer (4:02). Picked up the TE crossing late, but got in
on the play (4:12). Nice zone coverage. He attacked with great timing
and broke up the pass (4:15). Faked the blitz. I like how he attacked
forward when he saw the QB in trouble (4:27). I like how he moved
laterally through traffic there (4:40). He has some twitch moving
forward (4:46). He read the option right this time, and stopped Rosen
short of the marker (4:54). Oops 4-minute warning. This is a quick
and Bentley are average LBs who will make the team on special teams.
Bentley is a little better moving forward. Sam is good in a zone, and he
is better running down the Seam with the TE. But he reads it wrong and
takes too many false steps. If he doesn't clean that up fast he will not
make the team. Right now Bentley is ahead of him.
Bowl: He is good in the zone drop. He can play the QB's eyes and
shifty to the side he is locked onto. Nice athlete who can leap up and
snag the high INT in front of the WR slanting. Great speed in the open
field to return the INT for a TD. He is a good blitzer up the gut. Good
hitter. He can cover the tight end down the field. Makes plays in
coverage, and has multiple interceptions last season. He had a Pick Six
against Minnesota. Moves well laterally to the flat in coverage.
Six: Reads the QBs eyes well. He is smart and understands what is
going on. Nice hands to leap up, extend his arm, and snag the ball above
his head with his hands. He is very well built. Good field speed. He
outran the WR to the endzone on his Pick six.
Bentley had 97 Tackles, 11.5 TFL and 1 INT last season. When he gets into the backfield he finds the ball. Terrific playing at full speed. He hurts WR when they
catch the ball over the middle in the box. He is so great at form tackling through the ball carrier. He knocks guys right off their feet every game.
Season: Great lateral burst to grab
the scatback when he makes a great move on him. Nice job getting low and shoving off the OL, and going and getting the RB. Plays with great intensity.
Great form tackler and hitter. He hurts RBs when he jumps on top of them to take them down. He has the great instincts that allow him to dive shoulder pads first into ball careers, and tackle them straight back on their butts. He has some clutch in him. He is a force moving forward, but he is also smart and rangy in coverage.
wore #4 last season. When
he finds a crack through the line he can shoot into the backfield fast (:01). When
he hits guys they go backwards fast (:15). He can get outside,
set the edge with nice hands and feet, and find the QB on the Option.
Smart player, who plays behind his eyes well (:34). He twists around
the other ILB (:47). When he finds the ball, he takes the ball
is more of a run around LB, who makes the OL miss on the 2nd level.
However, that was Saquon Barkley he just tackled in the hole (:56). Terrific
eyes. He reads screen fast, and gets outside to the RB on a line (1:04). Me
moves through traffic lateral well, and finds the hole to meet the RB (1:14). He
is such a good form tackler that always seems to wrap up (1:25). He
can set the edge in the Nickel (1:01). Watch the explosion up field
to form tackle the RB.
job in the Zone eyeing the QB's eyes (2:14). Watch the speed to
outrun the WR 40 to 50 pounds lighter than he is (2:31). He
grabs the RB at full speed, and always seems to hang on (2:55). Great
hit and slam in space on the Wildcat QB (3:01). Okay, those were
his highlights. He is an average ILB who will have to make the Pats on
special team, which would seem easy after watching this Tape. He has a leg
up because he is excellent in coverage, and that is more important each
year. Also, I like Christian Sam, and the Pats picked Bentley ahead of
Sam. Which says a lot about this kid to me.
These are highlights not single game normal plays. He is not as good and
consistent in real life. But he is good.
made himself a good blocker. Watch him come out of his pattern when the QB
took off. He got himself open. When he saw the QB was keeping the ball, he
got outside and got in a block to help his QB (:01). Wildcat.
Nice burst forward. Nice lateral burst in the hole (:08). Watch
the great quick feet that got him the outside shoulder of the defender (:16). Then
the great adjustment to the ball in the air, but he couldn't quite reach
is a tough kid (:26). This is the next play, after getting the
beat down by four defenders. He made himself into a great blocker in pass
pro (:34). He is fast through the hole (:43). He knows
how to make a move at the line to move the LBs (:58). Watch the
great zone-blocking cut back that burst him upfield behind the OG (1:08). Nice
slasher (1:17). He
got two or three extra yards with power. He ran a lot stronger last year
than he did just two years ago.
like how he slipped sideways in the Zone run that made it look like he was
following his blockers, as he was cutting behind them. Great zone blocking
run (1:27). Why
did the Pats Draft Michel (2:09). Here
it is. He stepped up in pass pro. He kept his eyes on the outside blitzer.
Watch how low he got just before the LB gets there, and then pushed him
up. Watch how he kept his great feet moving, as he kept his hands in the
OLB's shirt. Watch the grip that finally stopped the rush. And my favorite
part, watch him fall down as he got off balance with his hands still
gripping shirt. Because he would rather fall down than let go of the
blitzer's shirt. That is great blocking in pass pro.
runs behind his eyes as well as any RB in this Draft. He saw Wynn washed
the D-end up field, and than cut under his block for the easy TD (2:27). I
love the acceleration after he got the ball from the QB. Tough kid who
didn't slow at all as he ran into two DLs (2:38). Can
he make a guy miss (2:55)? Watch
the jab step to make the OLB miss. Then he got his eyes up to find Wynn,
and cut behind his block for a First.
Wynn burst inside the D-end. Then blocked through him to the 2nd level to
block the LB, taking out two defenders in one block. That is a good as you
can run blocking (:04). Nice quick feet in slide. Watch how he
got his hands up high and tight. Then he got the hands in the shirt and
anchored, and the rush was done (:19). Once he gets hands in shirt
the rush is done.
the grip in the hands as he grabbed shirt, and controlled the rusher at
arms length. Then he almost shoved him to the ground. That was great pass
pro (:27). You know Scarnecchia liked this. In many of his Zone
blocks he ends up shoving the DL to the ground (:37). Short sets like
an OG (:59). He is so quick off the snap that the rush is over
before it starts.
has great burst and speed to get inside the DE on zone blocks (1:11). Love
the fight. Watch the run blocking fight that he kept at arms length (1:24). Watch
how he short set as the D-end doesn't rush. But he never stands around and
watches. Watch the heavy hands as he turned and
pancaked the DT (1:37). How
do you like now?
kickslide needs work. But watch how quick he gets back against speed. Then
his hands end the rush (1:47). He
gets so low and powerful in run game (1:55). Watch
the elbow through the 5-tech.
He is not afraid to hold (2:29). Watch
the impact of the hands in pass pro that turned and twisted the D-end (2:38). Nice
impact on the second level (3:17). I
like the little hop forward in play action (3:30). Would
you like to see a power block inside the Ten (4:01)?
That is a great run block.
plays through the whistle (4:25).
He short sets like an OG, watch how he turned the D-end into the tight end (4:33).
Watch the elite quicks and COD, as he blocked the DE and turned with him
outside. Then shoved him past the RB (4:42).
He continued zone blocks through the whistle. Watch him finally shoulder
check the side of the D-end, once he caught up, and the DL was about to
grab the RB (4:51).
He can play OLT in the NFL. Okay, I limited myself to 4-minutes. Quick
the GM Agrees With BB The Coach.
BB has such a great and interesting history of bizarre
behavior in the Draft. This years Draft was the wackiest of the Drafts since 2008.
He sat back
in the 1st and drafted an OT/OG, who most thought had to move inside to OG in the
NFL. However, you don't draft Wynn at 23 to play him at OG. Even though
Wynn is one of two OLs who can play all five O-line positions (Rankins is
the other). BB loves his versatile above all else.
is a Matt Light like OLT. Don't be surprised if he is starting as a
rookie. Especially when you think about how much the O-line sucked to
start last season, and how Brady got hit more than in any other season. I
really like their interior OLs, but if Wynn is starting inside with Waddle
at OLT to start the season, I cannot complain.
be developed into a starter this season. Part of what makes BB
such an elite Drafter is that he sees the Draft like a coach, and a GM.
Even if Wynn doesn't start as a rookie or has to fill in at OG, he will be developed behind the scenes better than any other
team could do. He was taken by BB the GM, to be what BB the coach saw he
could develop him into in his program.
in another odd move BB took an RB, after distaining the position for
years. Michel was better in high school. But, like Wynn, he kept getting
better every year at Georgia. He is smart and tough, and known for top character.
Those are the guys that BB the GM knows, that BB the coach can develop
into a better payer every year in his program.
BB's first criteria for drafting is that he picks guys that
BB the coach thinks he can work with and develop behind the scenes into his specific system. He doesn't give a crap what other team would do with that player. He knows what he wants to do with that player, and if "the player" doesn't take to the coaching he is gone.
Michel was an elite high school prospect who had an up and down career at Georgia. He got injured a lot, but he kept getting better. He got bigger and stronger. He improved to be their best blocker in pass pro. He learned to read his blocks much better, and not be a speed guy. He became more of a power runner when he needed too. He also improved as a receiver out of the backfield.
the coach looked at that and said to BB the GM, "I can coach that kid." Michel will be a better player each year that he is coached by Belichick, as long as his knees hold up.
That is what BB does. Who are the smart guys? Who are the constantly improving guys? Who are the character guys? None of these rookies are ready for the NFL, period. BB wants the players that are constantly improving, take to coaching, that get better
every year, and develop into great NFL players. Like how Wynn developed into the best OLT in the FBS last year.
BB did a great job getting his two College Champs, and setting himself up for a great Day Two. He had three picks and only a few real needs. But there was a trail of stink behind the Jimmy-G trade, like a skunk that farted in the backyard in the middle of the night. It infected everything that happened last year. From Butler to
Brady, to the loss, and to the bickering after. As I wrote the day after the Garoppolo trade (and not after I read that article a couple month later) that was the beginning of the end of the Dynasty, And it sure looked like things followed suit.
The 43rd pick was tainted with the
stink skunk-fart of that disaster, and not only had to be washed with tomato juice, it had to be traded and disappeared. Now? No one knows what the hell the Pats got from
the Jimmy-G trade anymore. It is gone. The only thing I know for sure it they got a 2nd in next years Draft for the Jimmy-G pick, and a
couple of 4ths they don't even seem to own anymore. Pick 43 has been tomato juiced cleaned, and lost the stink of the Jimmy-G trade.
So the slightest essence of skunk fart
(and tomato juice:) might still be on pick 105, the Bears 2nd Round pick in next years Draft, and Dawson.
They used pick 63, and one of the 4ths acquired from the skunk butt soaked
pick 43 trade, to trade up to 56 to pick up Duke.
for the most part, no one will remember what they got for Garoppolo. "You guys will parse that tomorrow," Caserio said about the skunk fart. "That's not our job. We're just looking at the picks, looking at the numbers, and when the trades come into play, we'll take it as it comes." So they made the trade, and tried to disappear the stink of pick 43.
In the process they pick up a few extra Day Three pick this year. "It just gives you an opportunity to pick maybe a few players that you like or that maybe you would have to compete for in rookie free agency," Caserio said. "So, instead of having to compete with them in free agency, maybe you’d just pick the player to avoid that and/or if you wanted to move a little bit in the fourth and fifth round. So, if you’re looking up there and there’s a specific player that you have interest in and you’re sitting there going, 'Well, he might not make it here to the 6th or 7th round.' Like, if we like the player enough, alright, let’s go up there and get him and pick the player." They have: one 4th (105), one 5th (143), two 6ths (198 and 210), and one 7th (219).
Most importantly the two QBs that I associated with the Pats right after the Senior Bowl (and as you have
all seen. all the so-called experts promptly tried to steal): Kyle Lauletta and Riley Ferguson. The Pats need to snag one of these guys at 105, and stop trying to get too cute. You cleaned out the stink of skunk-fart perfectly last night. Now
is the time to get over it, and take a QB to develop behind Brady. The future of the Franchise literarily depends on it.
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