Regardless of how you view New England's work through two nights of the draft (and everyone is entitled to their opinion, however rose tinted or whiny), it is clear the team has taken some risks.
We took a potential stud DT who's had to have surgery on both knees to repair ACL tears. The medical reports coming back were apparently great, and they are bound to factor in, to the extent they are able, the likelihood of recurrence, but even still - RISk!
We then drafted a guy to be a backup QB for at least a few years, while getting an audition to be Tommy's replacement. Smart move for the future, but we'll see very little to no fruit out of this pick for two, likely three years, barring a catastrophe. So in terms of winning in the next three seasons, we haven't improved by using a second round pick - RISK!
So the question becomes, how do we approach Day Three? Do we suddenly look to play it safe, so even if our top selections backfire, we'll have something to show for the draft, or do we keep swinging for the fences?
Stick, or Twist?
I'd argue we should keep the high risk strategy up. We should look to replace a second round value that we invested in the future, by taking a risk on some prospects with huge upside available later due to a range of reasons.
Injury Risk -Players like Antone Exum and Tiny Richardson are still available due to injury question marks. Top round value and physical potential at day 3 prices. CHECK.
Character Concerns - Plenty of names here, not least among the TE pool, and rather than debate each of their merits, a late pick on a guy who you can cheaply cut, but offers high upside, sounds like a viable plan. CHECK.
Level of Competition -Guys from small schools like Jordan Tripp and Jeff Janis, offer questions about how their game will translate to the NFL. With a good roster already in place, bring them in to compete. Maybe after a red shirt year they maximise their physical upside. CHECK.
Size Concerns - Take a chance on the Telvin Smith's of the world. Maybe they are too small to play well in the NFL, but maybe they are unexploited value. CHECK.
What do you think? Play it safe and get out, or double or nothing - Up the stakes and take some big swings to build a Superbowl calibre roster for the next three years?
I know where I hope we're headed.