We Get A Linebacker, A Wide Receiver, And Secondary Help
We're midway through the NFL Draft, and we now have a better idea of how the roster will look next season. When last night's entertainment had subsided, we had 4 new Patriots.
Here's who we got:
- Our first pick was Jamie Collins, a 6'3", 250 pound linebacker from Southern Miss. He had 10 sacks last season, against pretty good competition. He'll also be the 4th linebacker in our 4-3 defense, unless we switch back to the 3-4. Regardless, he adds youth and size at an important position.
- 7 choices later, we snagged 6'3" Marshall WR Aaron Dobson. He has 25 TD catches over his college career, including this one. His stats are almost as poor as the quarterbacks he played with during his time on campus. The Pats have had good luck with Marshall WRs, counting Randy Moss and Troy Brown among their mutual alumni.
- We then picked up a pair of Rutgers kids to round off the evening (and the secondary). We added cornerback Logan Ryan and awesomely named safety Duron Harmon. Ryan was a well-regarded player who had 4 INTs last season, while fellow Scarlet Knight Duron is a 6 footer who may be more of a special-teamer. Duron had a horrid 1.0 ranking on Sports Illustrated's draft board, while Ryan had a respectable 5.20 (the top pick in the draft, tackle Eric Fisher, had a 8.30). Current Pats safety Devin McCourty is also a Rutgers kid.
New England has the 5th pick in the 4th round today, and then get a nice break before making 3 selections in the 7th round. I'm rooting on NT "Uncle" Jesse Williams, DE Alex Okafor, C Barrett Jones or WR Quinton Patton. Long shot? They take highly rated QBs Matt Barkley or Ryan Nassib, and let them get some seasoning until Tom Brady retires.
Other interesting draft notes:
- The Jets look to be jettisoning QB Mark Sanchez after selecting Geno Smith in the 2nd round. They also traded Revis Island, and drafted a CB, a DT, and a G.
- QB Matt Barkley is still available. Barkley would have been a sure-fire Top 10 pick last year, but he stayed in school, had a bad season, and cost himself about $30 million.
- Buffalo spent their first pick on a QB- EJ Manuel- who most likely would have been available today.