Before we look at the picks, let's recap the selections from the earlier rounds. Keep in mind that each team has the use of Tom Brady on offense and Jamie Collins on defense.
Alec Shane - Devin McCourty - CB/S and all around great athlete; Julian Edelman - WR/KR/PR/QB/Slot CB and all around athlete; Matthew Slater - WR/S/special teams ace.
Greg Knopping - Danny Amendola - WR/KR/PR and shifty as the Saharan sands; Aqib Talib - CB and another fast athlete; Aaron Dobson - WR tall, fast and with good hands
Rich Hill - Rob Gronkowski - TE and unstoppable over the middle and up the seam; Chandler Jones - DE and TE in a past life; Ras-I Dowling - CB talented corner
Adam Fox - Shane Vereen - RB/WR with loads of speed and shiftiness; Jerod Mayo - LB with sideline to sideline speed; Leon Washington - KR/PR/RB a guy who is dangerous in space
The teams are now developing some personality. Where do they go from here?
Alec Shane chose Adrian Wilson. Wilson is an imposing figure in the secondary. Commentaries from OTA's stated that from a distance, he was often confused with Jerod Mayo. This hard hitting strong safety has some cover ability and with Rich sporting Gronk and the rest of the muscle, he's going to need it. On offense, Wilson could fill a number of roles similar to the ways Hernandez was used. I was wondering as the scales leaned so heavily in Rich's favor if anyone would make a move to counter him, and Alec took a versatile step in that direction.
Greg Knopping chose Josh Boyce. Boyce ran a 4.34s 40 at the combine which is wicked fast. He did that while hampered by a broken toe, which is just insane. A 6.68s 3 cone and a 34" vertical round out his combine workout. On offense, Boyce has the quickness and speed to play any WR position and could even be a threat out of the backfield. On defense, he has the speed to hang with anyone at cornerback. It's easy to see Greg's strategy of putting up a ton of points on offense, and just playing enough defense to limit the damage. How Patriot-ic!
Rich Hill chose Mark Harrison. Harrison has the combination of size (6-3 231 lbs), speed (4.37s 40), quickness (6.99s 3 cone) and explosiveness (38.5" vertical) that you seldom see in one player. He has all of the potential of Hernandez, but multiplied. Speed beef. On defense, he'd probably play more of a safety role, or maybe tweener linebacker. When Rich sends the blitz, the game could be all over.
Adam Fox chose Logan Ryan. Ryan's college coach said that he hasn't had a player like Logan since Devin McCourty - the first guy taken in this draft. While he has yet to play a snap in the NFL, he has upside, and lots of it. With all of the talented wide receivers drafted so far, Adam needed a guy who could help shut them down. On offense, Ryan projects to any receiver position. The backfield is already crowded, and there's enough flexibility with the other pieces to allow for potential mismatches as Tommy shuffles the pieces about.