This is the twelfth installment of this series, and my third one on the Pats Pulpit. As a reminder:
This is just a list of top prospects, at the positions I think the pats will be in need of: 1) Pass rushing DE 2) Guard 3) RB
Instead, This is a list of prospects that can be taken with low draft pick next year. (To me, a 4th rounder is still a high draft pick.)
DISCLAIMER: These choices assume that newcomers at CB, OLB, ILB, etc. stick around. So don't blame me for not predicting that some don't pan out.
Before we get too f ar into our prospects for this installment, let's look at the Backs the Pats have currently, to see what they look for in one. I found these at the Patriots home site.
No. Name Pos Height Weight DOB
44 Eric Kettani RB 5-11 235 3/26/1987
29 Chris Taylor RB 6-0 224 11/7/1983
33 Kevin Faulk RB 5-8 202 6/6/1976
34 Sammy Morris RB 6-0 220 3/23/1977
39 Laurance Maroney RB 5-11 220 2/5/1985
21 Fred Taylor RB 6-1 228 1/27/1976
42 BenJavarus Green-Ellis RB 5-11 215 7/2/1985
35 Thomas Clayton RB 5-11 220 4/26/1984
So by look at their overall heights, we can see that most of our backs are between 6'0" and 5'10", the exception being our utility guy, Cobbs. Meanwhile, our backs tend to be on the big side, 220 lbs. or more. There is one exception, Faulk. So we should be looking for a guy that fits those descriptions. From my previous HB editions, Bradford and Royster.
Mark Ingram*, Alabama
Height: 5-10. Weight: 215.
Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
Projected Round (2011): Top 15 Pick.
3/29/10: The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram rushed for 1,658 yards and 17 touchdowns on a 6.1 YPC. He also caught 32 passes for 334 more yards. He's a legit top-10 prospect.
8/6/09: Splitting time with Glen Coffee, Mark Ingram managed 728 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman. Now that Coffee is gone, Ingram has the job all to himself, though true freshman Trent Richardson might have something to say about that.
First of all, The Patriots have almost no chance to get him, as most FO believes that we can get a good back in the later rounds and we would need to move up in the draft to grab him. He is an all around great athlete and would probrably be worth a high first rounder. This also appears to be the crowds favorite for our first pick. He was the heisman last ear ad with good reason.
Not good music, but anyways he is a fast, strong, and elusive runner that knows how to us his blockers for maximum effect. He played behind a good O-line in college and would benefit from the line we have put together here, if we do end up drafting him.
Ryan Williams**, Virginia Tech
Height: 5-10. Weight: 206.
Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
Projected Round (2011): Top 20 Pick.
3/29/10: Darren Evans' injury opened the door for Ryan Williams, who rushed for 1,655 yards and 21 scores on a 5.7 YPC last year. He also grabbed 16 balls for 180 more yards. Williams was a redshirt sophomore, so he'll be eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.
My first thoughts are that he is an elusive back more so than Ingram, Brown, and Hilliard. IMHO, Ryan Williams looks like the R. Williams the Dolphins Phans already cheer on. He isn't going to run over LBs like Brown, but is strong enough for to fall forward. He could be the perfect guy going forward, if Brown comes back. Then again the dolphins FO doesn't draft Backs high, but I don't know about the Belicheck.
Evan Royster, Penn State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 213.
Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
Projected Round (2011): 2.
3/29/10: Evan Royster rushed for 1,169 yards and six scores on a 5.7 YPC. He also caught 16 passes for 187 more yards.
2/6/09: Evan Royster was a tough tackle out of the backfield this season for Penn State, rushing for 1,236 yards and 12 touchdowns on a nice 6.5 YPC average. He also caught 17 passes for 160 yards.
Evan Royster Highlights a beast of a running back, kinda reminds me of matt forte
The description on the video is pretty accurate. This back is a bruiser.
DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
Height: 6-1. Weight: 214.
Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
Projected Round (2011): 2.
3/29/10: Finished his junior campaign with 680 rushing yards, 41 receptions and 522 receiving yards.
10/10/09: DeMarco Murray has played well coming off his injury, gaining 5.4 YPC in four games. He also has eight receptions.
1/3/09: DeMarco Murray needs surgery on his hamstring, and will miss the final winter practice game of the year. That should pretty much mean that he's coming back for his junior campaign.
5/21/08: DeMarco Murray will go much higher than the second round if he runs a low 4.4, but I question his durability. There are no starting running backs in the NFL who weigh less than 200 pounds. At 190, Murray carried the ball just 127 times (and never more than 19 times in a single game), though he mustered 764 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in the process. That's just a yards-per-carry average of six. Not bad.
Ask me to do more prospects per position if you want me to, I'd be happy to do so. I've already have done SS, click here for that edition. Here is the TE Edition. This was the 4-3 DE edition.Remember, I am open to suggestions and the like.
Hopefully that was a nice way to relax from the usual meaningless dribble. Leave comments below please.