My Review Of George Bussey:
The Good: Bussey Played Left Tackle at Louisville, and some Right Tackle, so has a lot of experience pass blocking. His prime position as a Patriot, because of his superior pass-blocking skills will be at Left Guard. Because of Louisville's pass happy offence and Bussey acumen as a Pass Blocker, he was put on the Outland Trophy watch, a preseason list of Linemen who are in line for essentially the Lineman of the Year Award, both Offensive and defensive Linemen are considered. He is a smart technician who does a nice job of getting position on blockers and holding his ground. He can turn defenders, and is adept at seal blocking. His skills fit the Pats Zone Blocking scheme. He has a reputation of not being mean enough, but look like he had some meanness in him at Minicamp, I know it was only Minicamp, but it is what it is. If he can show enough desire and work ethic, he will make the Practice Squad. Has the Pass Blocking acumen to hold onto for a season or two to see how the Free Agent situation on the O-Line works out, and to see if he can work hard enough to be an NFL O-Guard. He has no chance to make the active roster in 2009, but there is also no chance that someone picks him up off Waivers. So his spot on the Practice Squad is all but assured, if they want him.
The Bad: Bussey is too short and too short armed to play Tackle in the NFL. He is not a power drive blocker, and does not show a lot of force on the O-Line. Do to a lack of conditioning and strength he to often gets himself in awkward positions and can't maintain his balance. He wasn't invited to the Combine, and though all the O-Linemen BB drafted weren't invited to the Combine, it is still a big negative, because most NFL decision makers did not see Bussey as a draftable player. CBS Sports Doesn't have a profile for him. ESPN doesn't have a profile for him. Google couldn't find a single Video of him playing. Rivals.com proudly proclaimed they had no news, no statistics, and no videos.
and The Ugly: Doesn't condition himself properly. Des play with functional football strength. Doesn't block with good balance on his feet. Doesn't play mean enough, and does seem to want it enough. He has a LOT!!!! of work to do!
BB Sunday night after Day Two:
"And then we added a couple more big guys along the way with (Myron) Pryor and (Darryl) Richard and (George) Bussey. So we ended up with three offensive lineman, three defensive lineman, and I just don’t think you can ever enough of those guys. That’s not any kind of commentary on anybody who’s here or isn’t here, it’s just we had picks, they were available and they’re not usually there and we took them. I think it’s a little bit unusual that we ended up with all three (offensive) linemen who were non combine guys and the fact that they weren’t at the combine and kind of the way that we evaluated them in their private workouts and so forth, I think all of them are pretty impressive, all different. Vollmer is a big right tackle, a big good-looking right tackle type of guy. Ohrnberger is more of an inside player, center/guard type. Bussey played right tackle at Louisville on the same line as (Eric) Wood and was a very effective player there."
31George Bussey Louisville
6-2 302 5.02 FINAL GRADE> 3.8 (out of ten, top O-Guard was Duke Robinson 7.5)
Strengths: Shows quick hands and solid kick-out in pass protection. Plays with good coordination and technique, staying square to defenders. Displays decent base. Shows some agility and size to handle bigger rushers. Is versatile. Makes few mistakes and gives good effort.
Weaknesses: Lacks height for guard, and top athleticism to compensate. Must grab and hold stop quick defenders; is always on the verge of being beaten by edge rushers. Is not a top pass protector or second-level blocker.
Bottom Line: Bussey was a productive college player, starting at guard and tackle for Louisville the past three seasons. However, he simply is not athletic enough to make up for his small frame. Bussey's effort level and versatility give him his best shot at making it in the NFL.
The Globe Post-Draft:
George Bussey, Louisville
5th round (170th overall)
Height: 6-3; Weight: 301. 40 time: 5.25
Started career as a walk-on and didn't become a full-time starter until this season . . . Experience at both guard and tackle . . . Scouts rank him below-average in pass protection because he has shown a tendency to get overpowered in his backpedal . . . Able to get into the second level during long running plays . . . Good reaction time on blitzes . . . Born Oct. 24, 1984.
My Review Of Darryl Richard:
The Good: Super smart person, was on Georgia Tech's Presidential Search Committee. Very smart football player as well, who has the Vrabel-like ability to understand the assignments of all 11 defensive players on the field. Tough. Hard worker. He is not a good hand fighter, but he can use his hands and his bulk in good combination. I watched Georgia Tech play three times last year, mostly to watch Michael Johnson, but every time I watched I came away much more impressed with their two D-Tackles who clog the middle consistently. Last season he started 13 games, and garnered 10 TFL and 4 Sacks on 34 Tackles. He also recovered a fumble and broke up one pass. He has the size and strength to play Nose Tackle in the Pats 3-4. A lot like Brace, he will not slip a lot of tackles for Sacks, but he will surprise an O-Lineman every once and a while and burst right past him. He can not only hold the point of attack with great leverage and strength, he can often be seen moving forward through the double team. He needs a lot of work on hand technique and leverage technique, but he is big, strong, and a well-known hard worker. He will have a leg up on the other rookie D-Lineman because of his natural intelligence, and the fact that he was roommates with Gary Guyton, who can mentor him as a rookie on being a rookie in this defense.
The Bad: Is not tall, and doesn't have the longest arms. Is not a great athlete, and will never be a great passrusher. Doesn't always hustle and has trouble moving down the line when the ball is not run right at him. Played in more of a one-gap penetrating defense and is new responsibilities will be a big adjustment, not just mentally but physically and technique wise. :
and The Ugly: There is clearly no roster spot available for him. Because he was taken in the 7th round, there is a good chance he clears Waivers and make it to the Practice Squad. With the contracts of both Seymour and Wilfork coming up he has a good chance to make the grade in 2010. I think he is a good prospect as a two-down Nose Tackle prospect, but I'm not sure equates quite as good to a 4-3.
BB Sunday night after Day Two:
"And then we added a couple more big guys along the way with (Myron) Pryor and (Darryl) Richard and (Gorge) Bussey."
Without having practiced them, do you have a feel for the three defensive linemen? Do they have position flexibility? Are they inside guys?
"Well, I think they are all big – 300 pounds plus. I think (Darryl) Richard and Pryor are quick guys that run pretty well for their size. Brace is a bigger player, very powerful and explosive, different playing style, a little bit taller. So I think there is some degree of flexibility between playing on the center, playing on the guard, and playing between the tackle and the guard, or on the tackle in varying degrees with all three players. How that actually manifests itself, we’ll see. But I think there is some degree of versatility with all those players in doing that as there is with some of the other players we have on our roster. Vince (Redd) played end as a rookie. Mike Wright’s played inside and has played outside. Jarvis and Richard (Seymour) have played outside and moved inside in some sub situations. Ty has also done that, actually played nose his rookie year. I don’t think that’s uncommon. We’ve had players like Ted Washington who were exclusively interior players and then some other guys that were exclusively on the perimeter. Le Kevin has played inside and outside. I think there is an element of that to all these players and we’ll see how that works out when we get them out there. I think the big thing about all these guys are the techniques they used in college and the way they actually played is probably going to be a little different here than what they did in college. It’s going to be a learning curve. There is going to be some teaching, but from a physical standpoint and a talent standpoint they have the ability to do that, and they’ll have to adapt to the techniques we use"
17 Darryl Richard Georgia Tech
6-2 1/2 306 5.04 FINAL GRADE> 4.4 (out of 10, B.J Raji was top rated D-Tackle at 8.5)
Strengths: Is powerful with good upper- and lower-body strength. Shows explosive burst off the snap. Gets his hands inside blockers' chests. Has long arms and strong hands. Shows good first-step quickness. Stacks up opponents at the point of attack, occupying two blockers. In short-yardage situations, hold the point of attack with good leverage. Is an adept bull rusher when playing hard and staying low.
Weaknesses: Doesn't have great fundamentals. Lacks speed and flexibility. When missing with his hands initially, plays high and exposes his chest to opponents. Does not move well laterally or make plays outside the tackle box. Is neutralized by reach blocks down the line. Lacks pass-rush moves. Does not penetrate well or disrupt many plays. Lacks conditioning; must be part of a rotation.
Bottom Line: Richard is not terribly productive or athletic but eats up blockers and allows the linebackers to run free. He projects as a late-round pick for a 3-4 defense, where he could be a power defensive end, or could be a tackle in a 4-3 scheme.
The Globe Post-Draft:
Darryl Richard, Georgia Tech
7th round (234th overall)
Height: 6-2 1/2; Weight: 303. 40 time: 5.05
Big on intangibles: smart, leader, overachiever . . . Missed only one start in last three seasons . . . Second-team All-ACC last season (10 tackles for losses, 4 sacks) . . . One of his best games was at BC Sept. 6, when he had three tackles for losses and a fumble recovery . . . Didn't show well at the combine (poor bench, didn't run) . . . Redshirted in 2005 because of torn ACL . . . Born June 17, 1986.
NFL.coms review of Pats Draft:
|Round 2, Pick 2 (34) (From Chiefs) Patrick Chung||SS||5'11"||212||Oregon|
|Pick Analysis:The Patriots pick up a tough, hard-hitting safety in Chung. Though he has some coverage deficiencies, Chung is a banger capable of serving as the enforcer in the Patriots' secondary. With Rodney Harrison unlikely to return, Chung clearly steps into his shoes.|
|Round 2, Pick 8 (40) (From Raiders)||Ron Brace||DT||6'3"||330||Boston College|
|Pick Analysis:The Patriots pick up the potential successor to Vince Wilfork at nose tackle. The hulking prospect excels at holding the point and is a solid run stuffer against single or double teams.|
|Round 2, Pick 9 (41) (From Packers)||Darius Butler||CB||5'11"||183||Connecticut|
|Pick Analysis:The Patriots add another talented defender to their secondary with the selection of Butler. The former Husky has outstanding movement and displays a tremendous burst closing to the ball. With the Patriots' secondary featuring a cast of aging veterans, Butler can serve as an apprentice for a year before stepping into the lineup as a starter.|
|Round 2, Pick 26 (58)||Sebastian Vollmer||OL||6'7"||312||Houston|
|Pick Analysis:The Patriots pick up an intriguing developmental prospect in Vollmer. The former Cougar started his college career as a tight end but he developed into a quality offensive tackle prospect as a senior. Though he lacks the athleticism to play left tackle as a pro, Vollmer has the size and length to develop into a starting right tackle in time.|
|Round 3, Pick 19 (83) (From Jets through Packers)||Brandon Tate||WR||6'0"||183||North Carolina|
|Pick Analysis:The Patriots nab one of the best multi-purpose players on the board with the selection of Tate. The former Tar Heel has the ability to score from anywhere on the field as a receiver or returner. Although he is coming off a torn ACL injury, he could become a big-time player in New England when he fully recovers.|
|Round 3, Pick 33 (97) (Compensatory selection)||Tyrone McKenzie||OLB||6'2"||243||South Florida|
|Pick Analysis:The Patriots add a high-motor edge player with the selection of McKenzie. The former Bull has exceptional hand skills and is a terrific player over the top of tight ends. In the Patriots' 3-4 defense, he will have a chance to contribute as a backup SAM linebacker.|
|Round 4, Pick 23 (123) (From Ravens)||Rich Ohrnberger||OG||6'2"||297||Penn State|
|Pick Analysis:This is a classic Patriots pick. Ohrnberger is a solid guy who is fundamentally sound with really good technique. They could train him to be a backup tackle as well as putting him at guard. Right now, he's a better run blocker than pass blocker. He will fill a utility role as a rookie and probably earn a starting job two years from now.|
|Round 5, Pick 34 (170) (Compensatory selection)||George Bussey||OT||6'3"||306||Louisville|
|Pick Analysis:The Patriots pick a massive offensive lineman who is projected to move inside to guard as a pro. Bussey is a developmental player who will have to earn his way onto a roster as a quality backup.|
|Round 6, Pick 25 (198) (From Ravens)||Jake Ingram||LS||6'3"||232||Hawaii|
|Pick Analysis:The Patriots lost their long snapper when he was signed this offseason by the Broncos, so they tabbed Hawaii's Ingram to replace him. Long snappers may not be exciting, but if you don't have one, they can cost you a game. Just ask Jim Fassel, whose Giants lost to the 49ers a few years ago because of a botched snap.|
|Round 6, Pick 34 (207) (Compensatory selection)||Myron Pryor||DT||6'0"||319||Kentucky|
|Pick Analysis:Pryor is a short defensive tackle who was a starter for a couple years and was a good run-stopper. He was productive in Kentucky and will add depth to the Patriots' defensive line.|
|Round 7, Pick 23 (232) (From Dolphins through Jaguars)||Julian Edelman||QB||5'11"||195||Kent State|
|Pick Analysis:Edelman will function in the Wildcat formation for the Patriots. He was unbelievably productive as a college quarterback and can make the club as a specialist in certain packages. He's an intriguing prospect for New England.|
|Round 7, Pick 25 (234)||Darryl Richard||DT||6'3"||303||Georgia Tech|
|Pick Analysis:Richard is a good leverage guy who can hold up against double teams. He can bull rush and is very smart. He fits well into the wave rush and can spell the Patriots' defensive linemen as the game goes on. But really, how many DTs do the Pats need? That's three so far in the draft|