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Easy, we will. Who got better enough to compete? The Dolphins?
Belichick, stop trading away our first round picks, kthxbai.
This was a terrible first round, moving back and drafting for depth was a much better strategy. New England was not getting anyone at 29 that they could not get in the second round. He used two first round picks last year when there was actual available talent. That's no excuse for some of the past drafts where he traded down essentially for nothing, but it was the right thing to do this year. Horrible first round.
Unless the plan is to pick up some random defensive player who won't be on our roster by the end of the season (something Belichick has done before), I don't get it. Remember the year when we traded our pick to the Packers and let them pick Clay Matthews?
I'd actually like for us to get Matt Barkley, but I don't see it happening.
The way the round unfolded with the Bears passing and then the Vikings passing on him twice, I was sort of expecting us to take Manti with the last pick. But apparently we really coveted Elam more. Seems like a classic Ozzie pick. We have 11 picks left, should be interesting.
There was no Clay Matthews in this draft. Patterson was a reach at 29, not the best available receiver, or best available player. There really was not anyone they could have drafted at 29 that they can't get in the second round. They should stay put and grab a running back and DB, there should be good talent at both positions still available.
They stated interest in him during the pre-draft press conference. It doesn't mean he was high on their big board, but if it was right player, right price I have no doubt they would have drafted him.
Clearly there was no Clay Matthews. :P I don't really like Patterson, but I'd rather have had something than have nothing, which is where we are right now.
Mallett was a better college QB than Barkley, with a bigger arm too. Barkley was bailed out for three years by Robert Woods and those big USC receivers. They were able to work their way back to under thrown balls, and all his other inaccurate throws. It's not that surprising that he fell to the third round, given his accuracy issues, lack of arm strength, poor senior year, and shoulder injury. Mallett had attitude issues coming out of college, to go with first round talent. Sitting behind Brady should sort that out. And if he can't play, it's not like he was a first round pick.