What We Learned From The 2020 Draft: 

Part I. 

By TOM

Well. The Patriots had a Draft. But more importantly it was BB communicating to the fans what he thinks about the team. Every Draft speaks to the future. Is it about the future. It is about the plans for next season. A change in the style of players. It is about mistakes from the past, like not having a viable option at Tight End last season. 

The most important thing we learned is that Stidham is the Pats QB. Lose for Lawrence may not be the plan, but it is damn close. You put in a 2nd year QB, who never played in a regular season game and is a 1st time starter in at QB. You start the rebuilding of the O-line. You cast off the impact veterans on your defense that had been such great difference makers last season and replace them with rookies. 

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. And you send your two GOATs to Tampa Bay to fight for the Super Bowl. The Pats are going to suck next season. And BB realizes the more they suck, the better it is for the Franchise. Going 8 and 8 would be the worst thing that happened to this Franchise since Victor Kiam. It would be an unmitigated disaster. It is time to lose for Lawrence. 

Not only do you have Losing for Lawrence, you have Justin Fields as well. Every win next season is a deathnel to the future of the Pats Franchise. Unless Stidham is as good a Brady was in his 2nd season, which for the uninitiated was 2001. This team is not in the same place as the 2001 team. They had 27 or so Free Agent Veterans join the team. This year’s team had more veteran starters leaving than joining. 

There was a lot of failing last season. Like at Kicker. It killed me when BB passed on Devin Duvernay, the player who I though fit the Pats Offense the best at WR, for a kicker. However, once I stopped yelling at BB through my TV, I had to admit that the Kicking game was an utter failure last season. And drafting a kicker, again, was an imperative. And BB knows kickers. If he loved the guy, it is hard to argue with that pick. 

The other utter failure was at Tight End. The greatest of all time Tight End quit, and the Pats did nothing. Well, that may have been bitterness talking. Everything the Pats did to place Gronk Failed. It all started with AS-J! The Austin Seferian-Jenkins signing was an unmitigated disaster. It not only took up too much Cap cash when they signed him that they could not look at another viable option at TE. 

Then when he quit there wasn’t another viable option left. One-Catch LaCosse sucks.  Izzo was their best TE last season, and didn't play in a Regular Season game. Right now and until Asiasi and Keane adjust to life in the NFL, he is still there best TE. He actually had a multi-catch game in the Preseason. 

I had the Pats taking Asiasi at pick 98. His film is exciting. He is a great blocker. Nifty feet moving backwards in pass pro. Not a kickslide, but more of a retreat to protect his QB’s back. Both Asiasi and Keene are great blockers They desperately need both to play. They cannot afford to redshirt either. Unless Ryan Izzo can somehow stay on the field.

Asiasi is a beast going down the Seam. “He looks faster on Tape than his Forty time would indicate. Though a 4.7 is really not bad for a TE,” I quoteth myself. “He has that knack for getting open deep down the Seam and he catches it with the greatest of ease. Not a track guy, but clearly plays faster than timed. He has that knack for getting open deep. He only had six receptions in his first season at UCLA, but average 21.7 yards per catch. He has that flash you look for on the field.“ Both guys ran 4.7s at the Combine. 

Asiasi was one of my favorite TEs in this Draft. Not number one, but two. And you know that’s not a lie, because I gave him to the Pats in my Player Ratings at pick 98, pretty much since I broke his Tape down. He was one of those guy, same with Keene, who didn’t get the love from the press, but every time I watched him did something great. 

BB is friends with Chip Kelly who coached at UCLA last year. “It definitely helped me out a lot," Asiasi said. "Obviously with Coach Kelly's history of being in the NFL and having those NFL-type offenses and things like that, it definitely prepared me, I feel like. I feel pretty confident in the preparation that was put into me by Coach Kelly.” Getting the thumps up from Kelly was one of the big reasons he is a Patriot today. 

Keene is a mean as tick in a frying pan blocking TE. Keene is a plug and play 2nd or 3rd TE, who will be able to step in and block right away. He is more of a FB/TE tweener, which BB probably likes. He can catch it out of the backfield, break a few tackles and run for the TD on the screen. Good hands. He can twist back and snag the ball thrown behind him. 

Great versatility to play all over the place and is a beast on screens. “I mean the level of versatility at Virginia Tech – I think they tried to do a lot of different things with me. It was awesome that they trusted me to do so many different things and I think it says a lot about how I play and as a football player. That's why I'm so excited that I got picked up by the Patriots because I think they do so many different things with their tight ends and are really creative there. So, I couldn't be happier right now with where I ended up.” He looks like an FB, but has the size of a TE. 

Flashy and exciting player. Bigger than he looks. Electric running after the catch. Instinctual and natural player. He has a little Gronk in him. Good quicks and explosion numbers with a 10’5” Broad Jump and a 7.07 3-Cone. BB like his sub 7.0 3-cones, but a 6-4 253-pound dude being within 8-hundredths of a second of a sub-7 3-Cone is just as impressive as a 200 pound DB running a sub-7 3-Cone. Quicker and more explosive than you think a TE can be. Wasn't used as much as he should have been at VT. 

04/14 The Mother Of All Devin Asiasi Bios: Part X

UCLA: Enrolled at UCLA in the January Winter Quarter of 2017 and participated in 2017 spring practice.

2019: Starter in all 12 games ... Recorded career-highs across the board - catches (44), receiving yards (641) ... Had his first career 100-yard game with five catches for 141 yards at USC, including a 53-yard scoring grab ... Totaled 13 catches on the season which went for at least a 20-yard gain ... Had season-high six catches vs. Cal for 99 yards ... Had scoring receptions in games vs. Washington State (7 yards), Arizona State (8), Colorado (16), USC (53) ... Had multiple receptions in 11 of the 12 games ... Third-team all-conference selection by PFF ... Honorable mention all-conference selection by the league coaches

2018: Saw action in 9 games and made one start (at Colorado) ... Led the team with a 21.7 yards per catch average on his six receptions ... Scored a touchdown on his first reception as a Bruin, a 24-yard play against Arizona ... Had three catches for 51 yards at Oregon ... Made a 30-yard catch at ASU ... Made one catch for 25 yards versus Stanford.

2017: Did not see game action in his first year in the program after his transfer from Michigan.

MICHIGAN: Played in all 13 games of his freshman season in 2016 ... Made his collegiate debut against Hawai'i ... His first college catch went for a touchdown against Penn State ... Made his first career start, in a two tight-end set, against Rutgers ... Made a season-long 15-yard reception against Michigan State ... Saw action as a reserve tight end against Florida State in the Orange Bowl ... For the season, he made two catches for 18 yards.

Keene's Official Bio:

Awards: 2018 Honorable Mention All-ACC.

2019: Caught one ball for a 6-yard TD against Kentucky in the Belk Bowl ... Carried the ball twice at Virginia ... Had two receptions for 45 yards against Pitt ... Carried the ball seven times for 25 yards against North Carolina ... Had four receptions for 53 yards and a score against Rhode Island ... Hauled in five receptions for 73 yards and a career-best three TDs at Miami ... Caught two passes against Furman ... Had four receptions in the season opener at Boston College. 

2018: Caught five passes for 20 yards vs. Marshall (12/1) ... Had a 45-yard catch on a third down that extended the Hokies’ eventual game-tying scoring drive vs. Virginia (11/23) ... Registered three receptions for 33 yards and caught a 15-yard TD pass vs. Miami (11/17) ... Tied a career high with four catches at Pitt (11/10) ... Posted three receptions for 65 yards vs. Boston College (11/3) ... Had three catches and 27 receiving yards vs. Georgia Tech (10/25) ... Had a game-winning, one-yard touchdown grab at North Carolina (10/13) ... Led the team with a career high 82 receiving yards and caught a 67-yard TD pass at Duke (9/29).

2017: Played in 13 games making 12 starts … Caught 10 passes for 167 yards … Recorded two tackles on special teams … Had one reception for 14 yards at East Carolina (9/16) … Caught one pass for 10 yards vs. Old Dominion (9/23) … Recorded two catches vs. Clemson (9/20) … Caught four passes for 66 yards at Boston College (10/7) … Recorded one 33-yard reception vs. North Carolina (10/21) … Made a 40-yard reception vs. Duke (10/28).

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