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Mike Lomardi and Mike Mayock of the NFL Network rated this year's Patriots draft selections as the top two best draft class this yr.
They got a good CB in the 1st rd, got two 1st rd talents in the 2nd round and got a 2nd round talent in the 4th round. That along with getting another 2nd round pick in the 2011 draft. <---this is what they basically said after the draft.
This is what Tim Graham wrote what Mike Kipper thought about the AFC East
" The highest AFC East grade went to the New York Jets with a B. He doesn't rave about any of their picks, but says they were solid, calling Kentucky fullback John Conner (fifth round) the best fullback in the draft." The highest AFC East grade went to the New York Jets with a B. He doesn't rave about any of their picks, but says they were solid, calling Kentucky fullback John Conner (fifth round) the best fullback in the draft."He gave the New England Patriots a B-minus.
"New England once again took a surgical, long-range approach to the draft, getting some good talent," Kiper writes, "but also positioning themselves for a haul in 2011. You have to factor that into the analysis."
In the 2nd round, the Pats got two 1st round talents in TE Gronk and 3-4ILB Spikes (both I predict will be starters in week one) and got a much needed 3-4OLB rusher. The Jets got an offensive guard in Vlad who will probably be the starter @ LG in week one.
So lets see, In the first round, the Pats got a better CB in McCourty and the Jets got Wilson. Both will be starters eventually but the difference is that McCourty is a solid CB. That is a win for us.
2 rookies starters is > than 1 rookie starter. That is a win for us.
In the 3rd round, we got WR Taylor Price. In a couple of years I could see him being a good 3rd WR on this team. The Jets had no picks. The Pats traded the 89th pick in the 3rd round for a future 2nd round pick in the 2011 draft. Definitely a win for us.
In the 4th round, we got a 2nd round talent in TE Aaron Hernandez. We all know how MaPatsFan has a man crush on Colt's TE-Dallas Clark. Like Clark ( 6'3 252lbs), Aaron has similar physical traits- 6'2 3/8" 245lbs-. Just as Clark has tormented most NFL defenses including ours, I'm hoping Aaron does the same. I dont think Aaron will be the starter but I could see The Hoodie and O'Brien slowly ease him in as the season goes.
The Jets drafted RB Joe McKnight with their pick. I dont see Joe as a RB between the tackles. I see him as a pass situation RB. Definitely a win for us in the long term.
In the 5th round, the Patriots picked punter Zoltan Mesko (The Emperor of Space). I watched him for four years at Michigan and he was the only bright spot on that football team besides Brandon Graham. I believe he will beat out the Aussie punter for the job before the regular season begins. The Jets picked FB John Conner (Savior of the human race against the machines) He is a stud FB ( I had hoped he would fall to the 7th round so the Pats would pick him) who will definitely be the starter this year. This is a tie though Emperor of Space is > than the savior of the human race
In the 6th and 7th round, the Pats picked Ted Larsen C, Thomas Welch OT, Brandon Deaderick 3-4DE, Kade Weston 3-4DE, and Zac Robinson QB. The Jets had no picks in the 6th and 7th round. These players might make the team or practice squad or they may not. Either way, these two rounds are a definite win for us.
I think this is our best draft class ever (time will tell) and deserves to be the top 3 this yr when it comes to grade wise.