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Friday, April 30, 2010

In da Hoodie

By: Greg
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was asked by MLB to stop wearing his hoodie to games, which

Prompted the master of hoodies to write Maddon a letter and send him along a Patriots Hooded with the initials JM on the stomach.

The letter read:

Dear Joe:


From one hoodie enthusiast to another, I thought I’d pass along my complete support with something to wear!

Best Regards,
Bill Belichick

Maddon replied through the media:

"That was very nice of him,'' Maddon said. "We're going to reciprocate. ... That was very cool.


"It's quite an accomplishment, quite an achievement to get something from a coach who's won the Super Bowl."

In the end MLB let Maddon go back to wearing his hoodies. Its nice to see BB with a little sense of humor.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Patriots select D-Linemen: Brandon Deaderick and Kade Weston

By: Greg
In the seventh round the Patriots gain some depth on the defensive line. In back to back picks they selected Brandon Deaderick a DE out of Alabama and Kade Weston a DT out of Georgia.

Deaderick had 83 tackles, 7 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss in four years for Bama. He is a Nick Saban desciple which BB loves. Deaderick was shot during his days at Bama and then practiced two days after. A tough guy if you ask me.

Scouting Report from CBS Sports
Overview


Terrance Cody received much of the credit for Alabama's dominant defensive line play, but Deaderick's performance (36 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, four sacks) was a major factor in Alabama's re-emergence as a national title contender in 2008. As such, he was expected to be a major contributor in 2009.

Before the start of the season, Deaderick was shot by a would-be car thief on August 31, 2009. The injury and improved play of backup Marcell Dareus limited Deaderick early in the season, contributing to less than scintillating statistics throughout the Tide's ride to the BCS National Championship.

Deaderick produced 23 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack while playing in 14 games (including 10 starts) as a senior. His career totals of 83 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and seven sacks over 31 starts is less than some defensive linemen posted last season alone.

Despite only marginal production, scouts are intrigued by Deaderick's size and versatility. The classic two-gap defender projects as a fit as a 4-3 tackle or 3-4 defensive end. If he can convince teams his off-field concerns are past him, his experience and ability to play multiple positions could result in a mid-round selection.


Analysis

Pass rush: At least moderate initial quickness, but lacks the acceleration to pressure the tackle's outside shoulder. Good use of leverage and strength for the bull rush. Effective swim move. Has to be more consistent getting his hands up in passing lanes. Doesn't protect his knees from the cut-block.

Run defense: His greatest strength. Very good size and strength to hold up to the run. Good use of leverage to anchor. Locates the ball and has powerful hands to stack the offensive tackle and shed the block to make the play in the hole. Only moderate lateral quickness and balance, but good effort to slide down the line in pursuit. Disciplined defender, works hard to keep contain.



Explosion: Inconsistent, but flashes enough initial quickness off the snap to disrupt the timing of the play. Good upper-body strength to rock the tackle back.

Strength: His most impressive trait. Powerful defender. Can control the blocker at the line of scrimmage, shed and make the play in the hole. Good leg drive as a bull-rusher and to anchor.

Tackling: Only moderate lateral agility to break down and make the tackle against quicker athletes. Good strength for the drag-down tackle. Hustles laterally, but has only phone booth quickness and struggles makes few tackles outside of the box.


Intangibles: Immature early in his career, but according to coaches, developed into a leader as a senior. Was arrested on July 14, 2007 and charged with giving a false name to police, resisting arrest, and criminal mischief (for cracking the window inside a patrol car with his head). Was shot in 2009 by a would-be car thief. Deaderick confronted the thief and was shot once. The bullet went through his arm, through his hip and out of an area near his groin. Showing his toughness, Deaderick suited up and played against Virginia Tech less than five days later. Received the team's Up-Front Award for the outstanding lineman in 2008. Won the Billy Neighbors Defensive Lineman Award during spring practice in 2009.




 
Kade Weston Scouting Report from CBS
 
Overview


Part of Georgia's powerful defensive tackle rotation, Weston played in unison with Jeff Owens and Geno Atkins the last four seasons, earning 21 starting assignments in the 49 games he wore a Bulldogs uniform. The more dominant run stuffer of the trio, he managed just 79 tackles during his career, but 16.5 were behind the line of scrimmage.



One of the most highly sought prep players in the country, Weston's career at Georgia was somewhat sidetracked early in his junior year by a nagging knee injury and he failed to meet the lofty expectations the staff had for him when he decided to join the squad from Red Bank Regional High School.



The New Jersey product was a Parade and Super Prep All-American as a senior prepster, as he also made Super Prep's All-Northeast teams. He was the third-ranked defensive tackle nationally by Scout.com and Rivals.com placed him on their "Top 100 Players in the Nation" unit.



That recruiting service ranked Weston as the second-best player in the state of New Jersey on their 2004 Postseason Top 30 squad. He was listed on Tom Lemming's Top 100 players in the nation list and was a two-time All-State defensive tackle.



Weston recorded 79 tackles including 18 stops-for-loss, as he sacked the quarterback eight times and caused six fumbles as a senior. As a junior, he registered 114 tackles, 20 stops behind the line of scrimmage 14 sacks and five forced fumbles.



Upon his arrival at Georgia, Weston spent the 2005 season on the scout team. He earned Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News in 2006, as he started six of 13 games at strong-side defensive tackle. He totaled 13 tackles and had a pair of pass break-ups while registering 14 quarterback pressures.



Weston started five more times while appearing in 13 games as a sophomore. He was in on 19 tackles (9 solos), posted two sacks among his 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Six of his 16 pressures came on third-down plays.



A knee injury in 2008 fall camp limited Weston to 10 games of reserve duty as a junior. He produced 18 tackles (13 solos) with 3.5 stops for loss, as he was named to the Southeastern Conference and the Georgia Athletic Director's Academic Honor Roll.



As a senior, Weston alternated at right tackle with Geno Atkins, starting 10 contests. He was named All-SEC third-team, as he collected 29 tackles (12 solos), 2.5 sacks and 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He was also credited with five pressures.



Analysis

Positives: Has a thick frame with wide hips, broad shoulders and adequate upper body strength … Has above average timed speed for the tackle position … Better suited for the interior, where his short-area burst and upper body strength are more effective as a bull rusher … Can dominate the inside action when he generates a quick step off the snap, as he has a good feel for the cadence … Shows a good feel for blocking schemes and has the quick instincts to locate the ball working through the pile … Works hard to separate, disengage and shed … Has a good feel for the cadence and can be explosive behind his hits when attacking the lead blocker … Has valid upper body strength to disengage and shed and is very active with his hands in attempts to control, but does not have the lower strength to anchor vs. double teams, even though he is adequate at shooting the gaps … Has the change of direction agility and loose hips to make plays in pursuit … Solid wrap-up tackler who can deliver pop upon contact … Has good lateral agility to make plays down the line and a quick short area burst when operating in the one-gap alignment … As a tackler, he brings good aggression and pop behind his hits, doing a nice job of getting under the ballcarrier … Works better inside the box when he drops his weight and stays low in his pads to get under the ballcarrier, uncoil and wrap … Can control and leverage with his hand punch and placement … Has a deceiving burst, as he does not look like he can get to the quarterback, but then finishes the play … Effective penetrating the backfield when lining up as a one-gap defender … Takes good angles in pursuit and can defeat pass schemes when working in-line.



Negatives: Better suited inside due to his lack of sustained quickness to take the wide loop to the quarterback coming off the edge … Only way he can be effective as a defensive end is to lose weight and improve his stamina … Does not have the strength to split double teams and needs to do a better job of grabbing and executing rip moves to defeat pass protectors … When trying to get through trash, he narrows his base and loses balance … Has good timed speed, but is best when shooting the inside gaps, as he does not have the acceleration to push the pocket from the outside … Needs to show more consistency with his motor, as he tends to throttle down if his initial move fails … Lacks the acceleration to come off blocks and close on the pocket … When he gets his pad level high, he tends to narrow his base, resulting in blockers attacking his body and washing him out of the gaps.
Compares To: BARRY COFIELD, New York Giants -- Weston has an impressive frame with long arms and a strong punch. He is more of a one-gap defender and even though he was used on the edge at times at Georgia, he's more suited playing inside, where he has the upper body strength to clog the rush lanes. He needs to improve his pad level, as he will pop up and get upright at the line at times, letting blockers get into his frame.
--Dave-Te' Thomas

Patriots Select Linemen C Ted Larson and OT Thomas Welch

By: Greg
Ted Larson out of NC State was rated the 4th best center in the draft then they selected Thomas Welch an OT from Vandy. Welch was a former TE who is athletic for an OT. They must have seen something in Welch that they liked because they traded up for him



Scouting Report from CBS Sports: Ted Larson

Overview


Larsen attempted to crack the starting lineup at defensive tackle for three seasons before seemingly finding a home on the other side of the ball. Drawing on his experience from the defensive line to the opposite side, Larsen grew into one of the elite -- and certainly one of the most physical -- centers in the collegiate ranks.



Thrust into the starting lineup at a position he had never played, Larsen had to rely heavily on his power and instincts during his junior season. Even though he allowed four quarterback sacks that campaign he took his "baptism under fire" as a learning experience. By the end of the year, he was the recipient of the team's Jim Ritcher Award, given annually to State's Outstanding Offensive Lineman.



At University High School, Larsen was a standout defensive lineman. The Florida Athletic Coaches Association named him the District Player of the Year following his senior season. He was also chosen All-Pinellas County first-team and All-Sun Coast Florida second-team, as he recorded 65 tackles, including eight sacks while also blocking a kick.



As a junior, Larsen was credited with 85 tackles and ranked among the state's leaders with 15 quarterback sacks. That performance earned him All-County second-team honors. In addition to his exploits on the gridiron, he lettered in track, competing in the shot put and the discus.



Looking to emulate his father, Robert, a defensive end during his playing days at Wichita State (1972-1976), Larsen enrolled at North Carolina State in 2005. He spent the year playing on the defensive line for the scout team, eventually starting three times at tackle the following campaign while appearing in 11 contests in 2006. He recorded a nine tackles (6 solos) with two sacks and three stops for loss.



As a sophomore, Larsen earned two more starts while appearing in 12 games at defensive tackle. He appeared in 315 snaps, as he collected a dozen tackles (5 solos) that included 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including a pair of sacks.



Even though he never played a snap at center, Larsen immediately won a starting job and was on the field for 730 snaps. The Ritcher Award winner struggled with pass protection technique early in the year, but produced three 90-percent blocking consistency performances during the second half of the schedule.



Larsen graduated in May 2009 with a degree in History. The All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team selection added two more 90 percent grades during the 2009 campaign. Twice he recorded multiple touchdown-resulting performances for the Wolfpack as a senior. He led the squad with 89 knockdowns and recorded ten touchdown-resulting blocks. He also made a pair of solo tackles.



Analysis

Pass blocking: Capable shotgun and typical snapper. Struggled some with high snaps early in the season, but developed more consistency as he gained experience. Quick set up and balance. Bends at the knees and plays on the balls of his feet. Good lateral movement to mirror the defensive tackle. Knows what the defender is attempting to do due to his experience at the position. Good strength and balance to anchor against the bull rush. Improving recognition. Struggles at times to adjust to stunts and blitzes. Helps out the guard, but doesn't release soon enough to react to the blitz or loop.



Run blocking: Good initial quickness and upper-body strength to knock the defender off the ball. Good explosive initial pop, but must do a better job of sustaining. Allows his hands to slip down the jersey and subsequently get ripped through by the defender. Improving with his hand placement and is generally able to knock his opponent out of the lane, as he keeps his legs chugging with quick power steps. Flashes some nastiness as a run blocker. Looks to knock the defender to the ground with an intimidating pancake when he senses the advantage. Good quickness to get out to the second level and has the body control to adjust and hit the moving target.



Pulling/trapping: Not asked to pull from his center position much in this offense, but has experience at guard and has the short-area quickness and agility to do so. Developing as a trap blocker. Good lateral quickness for the down block. Good burst and body control for the cut block, but doesn't utilize this technique often.



Initial Quickness: Quick first step in reverse in pass protection to catch the defensive tackle. Explosive burst and initial pop in the running game are among his most impressive skills. Can knock the defender out of the hole to create running lanes.



Downfield: Surprisingly efficient footwork in getting to the second level. Takes good angles to meet the linebacker in space. Good body control to adjust to the moving target.



Intangibles: Former defensive tackle who made the switch to center at his coaches' request. Earned degree in History in May of 2009. Recipient of the team's Jim Ritcher Award as the Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman after his first season after the conversion from defensive tackle. Gives good effort on every snap. High intensity player


Thomas Welch

Dude Wheres my Punter? Zoltan Mesko


By: Greg
ZOLTAN! Well maybe Zoltan Mesko is not the guy from Dude Wheres my Car, but he is one hell of a pick up.

You may be asking yourself why did the Patriots take a punter in the 5th round? Well because ZOLTAN! can punt his ass off. In the last two seasons, the former soccer player averaged about 44 yards a kick and had 39 kicks inside the twenty and NO punts blocked.
The Patritos have had so many problems with field position and punting over the last ten plus years. Chris Hanson was one of the worst punters in the leauge, bringing in the best punter in the NCAAs is a huge plus for the Pats special teams.
Zoltan can not only boot the ball far but he is also a directional kicker who can pin teams down inside the 10 yard line.

 Notes from CBS Sports
Overview


This native of Romania traded a soccer uniform for football digs as a high school freshman and became a four-year punter for the Wolverines. The 2009 Ray Guy Award finalist and first-team All-Big Ten honoree earned All-American recognition as a senior and is the top punting prospect in the draft.

His gross punting average increased over the last three years, going from 41.6 yards per punt as a redshirt freshman to 41.1 in 2007, 43.0 in a first-team All-Big Ten junior season, and finally 44.5 last season, when he set a school record and ranked in the top 10 nationally. But where Mesko really stands out is with 18 fair catches forced and a ratio of 15 punts inside the 20 to just three touchbacks. His 2008 numbers in those categories were even more impressive (21, 24-3).

Being left-footed is also a positive for Mesko. His kicks have a different spin than most punt returners are used to seeing. Add that to his combination of extension, leg strength, hangtime, and touch around the goal line, and Mesko is the best at a position most NFL teams consider a 12th starter on defense.



Analysis
Has prototypical size and leg extension for the position. Adjusts well to high and low snaps. Good leg strength, but not elite. Lacks aggressiveness as a tackler on returns.

Solid 1.25-1.35 second get-off time. Long steps would put him too close to the line of scrimmage if he used full three-step drop.


Solid hangtime -- 4.2-4.4 seconds on 45-50 yard punts -- but will have the occasional line drive. Had 3.5-second hangtime on punts placed inside the 20 and throttles down to prevent touchbacks. Gross average benefitted from big rolls when punt returners don't catch the ball because of the left-footed spin. Uses rugby kicks and can wobble his punts to avoid top returners. Directional punting ability is a question mark.



Career Notes

Four-year letterman and starter at punter … four-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference (2006-07-08-09) … 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-America first team … 2009 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team … two-time All-Big Ten first team selection by the coaches and media (2008-09) … became the first special teams player in school history elected team captain … 2007 Derek Howard Award winner as Michigan's top hustler … appeared in 50 career games … had 243 career punts for 10,325 yards … holds U-M career record for punts and punting yardage … his 42.5-yard career average ranks second in school history … became the first Wolverine player to surpass 10,000 career punt yards vs. Penn State (Oct. 24, 2009) … became the only U-M player to punt for more than 3,000 yards during 2008 season … holds program-standard for most punts (80) and punting yards (3,436) in a season … 76 punts have been downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line … has 58 punts of 50 yards or better … booted a 68-yard career long vs. Ohio State (Nov. 17, 2007).


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Patriots select TE Aaron Hernandez

By: Greg
On the third day of the draft the Patriots started things off right by selecting thier second TE of the draft. Hernandez is a pure pass catching TE who was slotted to be picked in the late first/early second round of the draft but slipped all the way down to the fourth round. With the Patriots very slim at the TE position it was important to get some depth. Hernandez and Gronkowski were two of the best TEs in the draft and they got both of them. Very solid picks by the Pats, giving Brady weapons.


Scouting Report from NFL Draftcoutdown:

Strengths:


Excellent athleticism --- Great speed and quickness --- Soft, reliable hands --- Terrific ball skills and leaping ability --- Nice agility, balance and body control --- Polished route runner who knows how to get open and get separation --- Elusive and powerful runner after the catch --- Is smart with good instincts and a high football IQ --- Tough, physical and aggressive --- Solid strength --- Competitive --- Durable --- Productive .

Weaknesses:

Does not have the ideal size that you look for --- Leaves a lot to be desired as a blocker, especially in-line --- Is not explosive and lacks a burst --- Has some trouble beating the jam --- Weight room strength does not translate to the field --- Might have some character concerns.

Notes:

Was a two-year starter for the Gators --- Named 1st Team All-SEC and a 1st Team All-American in 2009 --- Won the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end in 2009 --- Father, Dennis, was a defensive back at Connecticut in the late 1970's and brother, D.J., played quarterback and wide receiver for the Huskies --- Enjoyed a prolific prep career and was consensus #1 tight end recruit in the entire country coming out of high school --- Owns the Florida records for most catches by a tight end in a season and a career --- One-dimensional pass catching threat but excels in that area --- A prototypical H-Back in the mold of Chris Cooley.
 
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Making Moves

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Patriots select WR Taylor Price

By: Greg
The Patriots knew they needed to take a WR this draft and Taylor Price was the guy. Price was a big sleeper in this years draft. Many experts said that this guy would be the surprise pick of the draft. If he was not playing for Ohio, he would have been a first round pick. He was plagued by poor QBs at Ohio which is why he was not noticed and did not have eye poping stats. If he attended USC he would have been a first round pick.
In the senior bowl practices when he did have a good QB he dominated. Experts were saying he was climbing draft board quickly because of this. Last season he caught 56 balls for over 700 yard and 5 tuddies. I think that with Holt, Moss and Welker already at WR they can mentor this guy to be a great WR. Very sneaky, good pick.

NFL Draftcountdown scouting report

Strengths:


Good height and bulk --- Smooth and athletic --- Excellent speed and acceleration with a burst --- Vertical threat who can separate --- Great ball skills and body control --- Terrific leaper --- Good strength --- Tough and not afraid to work across the middle --- Nice awareness --- Has a lot of confidence --- Mature --- Superb Work Ethic --- Durable --- Upside.
Weaknesses:

Does not have natural hands --- Marginal quickness and agility --- Not much wiggle and won't make people miss --- Still very raw as a route runner --- Limited experience as a return man --- Can be more physical and aggressive --- Isn't much of a blocker --- Just average production.
Notes:

Was a three-year starter for the Bobcats --- Named 2nd Team All-MAC in 2009 --- Averaged 17.9 yards with 0 touchdowns on 10 career kick returns and did not return a punt in college --- Was underutilized and never got consistent play from the quarterback position, which at least partially explains his lack of eye-popping statistics --- Earned positive reviews from many for his performance at the Senior Bowl --- Is straight-linish and plays a finesse game --- A classic "Workout Warrior" who will most likely be selected earlier than he should be due to that rare blend of size and speed but he doesn't always play up to those impressive physical tools --- May be a poor-man's Darrius Heyward-Bey.
 
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Welcome Brandon Spike to the Patriots

By: Greg
What a great football pick! The Patriots have selected a real tough football player in Brandon Spikes. Spikes' stats and play on the field are out of this world. But his combine numbers were horrible. Which is why he fell all the way to the late second round. Spikes has top 10 football skills but people were afraid that his 5.0 forty time would not translate to the NFL. BB does. This pick was excellent. Spikes can flat out play. Team him with Mayo and they will have a dynamic ILB duo for years to come.
As far as the speed goes, Spikes can play first and second down and Gary Guyton an excellent pass coverage linebacker but subpar regualr linebacker can come in. It works out perfectly.
For his career Spikes has 307 tackles, 6 interceptions and 31.5 tackles for a loss! He was the leader of a crazy good defense. In his sophomore year he had 131 tackles in a 12 game college season.

NFL Draftcountdown scouting report:
Strengths:


Excellent size with long arms --- Fantastic instincts --- Aggressive and active with a non-stop motor --- Is tough, strong and powerful --- A reliable tackler who can deliver the big hit --- Able to take on and shed blockers --- Terrific effort in pursuit --- Good pass rusher/blitzer --- Nice awareness in coverage --- Plays with a nasty demeanor --- Extremely competitive --- Very high football IQ --- Team Leader --- Durable --- A Great Work Ethic --- Has a ton of experience against elite competition.
Weaknesses:

Extreme lack of speed and range --- Stiff with average athleticism --- Is not very quick and lacks a burst to close --- Plays too tall --- Gets out of control at times --- Could be a liability in coverage --- Upside is Limited.
Notes:

Was a three-year starter for the Gators --- Named 1st Team All-SEC in 2007 and 2009 --- A 1st Team All-American in 2009 --- Was a team captain as a junior and senior and a member of the Football Leadership Committee --- Cousin of NFL Linebacker Takeo Spikes --- Brother, Breyon Middlebrooks, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole --- Holds the Gators career record for interception returns for touchdowns with 4 --- Suspended for a game in 2009 when video surfaced of him attempting to gouge the eyes of an opponent --- Wore #51 in honor of Dick Butkus --- Was able to overcome a lack of ideal physical tools with top intangibles in college but that will be much more difficult at the next level --- A thumper whose best fit will most likely come in a 3-4 scheme where he can bang inside and won't be asked to cover a lot of ground --- A very good football player but was never the top pro prospect that some made him out to be --- Can be an effective NFL player in the right role / situation.
 
 
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vs South Carolina

Patriots select Jermaine Cunningham

By Greg
With thier second pick of the second round the Patriots have went to the Florida well and selected DE/OLB Jermaine Cunningham. Cunningham was Florida's top DE this season for a great defense. In his last season with the Gators he had 7 sacks and 12 tackles for a loss. In the previous two seasons Cunningham had 6 and 5.5 sacks. He projects to be a OLB in the 3-4 scheme.

A little bit of a reach here, especially with a few other expolsive DEs on the board. But BB knows who will fit his scheme and team better.


Here is his scouting report from CBS Sports

Pass rush: Good initial burst off the snap and can pressure the outside shoulder of offensive tackles. Good pop to push the tackle back and shows a good burst to redirect back inside. Good agility for the stunt. Good acceleration to close. Cerebral defender with the awareness to get his arms up in the passing lane if he can't get to the quarterback. Active hands to knock the ball from the quarterback's hands as he rushes.




Run defense: Lacks the bulk and upper-body strength scouts prefer for defensive end. Shows good lateral agility to control the edge. Understands his role in containment. Moderate upper-body strength to lock out, but struggles to separate once engaged.



Explosion: Flashes initial explosiveness off the snap as a pass rusher. Good initial explosiveness in his punch to the tackle to disengage from blocks. Only moderate explosiveness as a hitter, though he showed improvement as a junior with three forced fumbles in 2008.



Strength: Inconsistent pad level to negate what is already marginal lower-body strength. Good initial pop to disengage, but lacks the strength to hold up if his first attempt fails. Can be driven off the line of scrimmage.

Tackling: Rangy defender with long, strong arms he uses effectively for drag-down tackles. Plays on the balls of his feet and can break down in space. Secure wrap-up tackler, but shows only marginal explosiveness as a hitter. Developed a knack for knocking the ball loose as a junior due to active hands.

Intangibles:Showed toughness as a junior playing through a hyper-extended knee to start all 14 games; also played through a shoulder injury in 2009 on which he had surgery after the season. Voted a team captain as a junior in 2008. Arrested in December 2007 for misdemeanor battery after an altercation with a sandwich store employee.
NFL Comparison: Jarvis Moss, Broncos

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Highlights vs MSU


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vs South Carolina Big Hit/Sack

Patriots welcome Rob Gronkowski

By: Greg
With the Pats first pick in the second round, they traded up to grab a TE out of Arizona, Rob Gronkowski. I don't only like Robs last name but I also like Robs game. Gronkowski sat out all of last season with an injury but if he had played was a sure fire first round pick. Even sitting out the season many thought that Rob was a first round talent. He was ranked the number two TE by most experts. In his last year of play he had 47 catches for over 600 yards and an astounding 10 tuddies.
If anyone was watching NFL Network during the draft they would have imediately fell in love with this guy. Why?
  • instead of bring just a hat to shake hands with the commish, Rob brought out the Patriots helmet
  • before going on stage Rob and his crew jumped up and down in a circle chanting something, but it looked like they were about to go out and play a basketball game
  • After in the green room he put on the Patriots helmet and gave a Lions helmet to his friend and did blocking drills with his friend
This guy will be a fan favorite and a top target for Tom Brady for years to come. It looks like this guy was made to play football.

Here is his scouting report from NFL Draft Coutdown

Strengths:


Excellent height and bulk with long arms and large hands --- Terrific natural athleticism --- Soft, reliable hands --- Superb body control and ball skills --- Good route runner who knows how to get open --- Able to get off the line and beat the jam --- Runs hard after the catch and will break tackles --- Flashes some strength and power --- Excellent blocker both in-line and in space --- Plays with an edge and finishes --- A Hard Worker --- Tough --- Competitive --- Productive --- Fantastic Bloodlines.



Weaknesses:

Health / Durability are major concerns --- Not very explosive --- Is a bit stiff --- Average game speed, acceleration and quickness --- Doesn't get a lot of separation --- Won't be much of a vertical weapon --- Not real elusive and won't make people miss --- Is relatively inexperienced.



Notes:

Was a two-year starter for the Wildcats --- Named 1st Team All-Pac-10 in 2008 --- Father, Gordon, played football at Syracuse --- Brother, Dan, plays tight end for the Detroit Lions --- Brother, Chris, also played at Arizona and is eligible for the 2010 NFL Draft --- Brother, Gordie, played minor league baseball in the Los Angeles Angles system --- Sat out three games in 2008 with what was believed to be either strep throat or mononucleosis --- Missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing surgery last September to repair a herniated lumbar disk and nerve damage in his back --- Burst onto the scene as a true freshman and has been considered to be the top tight end prospect in his class for quite some time --- Nice all-around player who earns high marks as a pass catcher and blocker --- A legitimate first round talent but stock is clouded by the back injury, an ailment that can linger and have long- term ramifications -- Profiles as a starter assuming he can stay healthy.
 
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On going to the NFL
 

Friday, April 23, 2010

Follow and Talk with Us Live about the NFL Draft

The Blauhg will be covering the second and third round in the NFL draft as the Pats pick four picks today....Come ask question, comment on picks and have some fun...

The Patriots select Devin McCourty

By: Greg



The Patriots select Devin McCourty CB out of Rutgers. A shut down corner who has only 6 picks and 27 pass break ups on his career at Rutgers. He is a big contributor to special teams and a guy who will take the time to make himself a better pro football player.




Below is the strengths and weakness from NFL Draft Countdown:

Strengths:

Excellent athleticism --- Adequate size with long arms --- Great speed with a burst to close and recover --- Quick and agile --- Fluid hips and transitions well --- Terrific feet --- Able to turn and run with wideouts downfield --- Nice instincts and awareness --- Reliable tackler --- Comes up to help in run support --- Hard worker --- Leader --- Durable with a lot of experience against top competition --- Also a special teams ace.



Weaknesses:

Can be a bit inconsistent --- Lacks great hands and ball skills --- Allows too many completions --- Has trouble disengaging from blocks --- Does not always get a proper jam at the line --- Struggles with big wideouts.

Notes:

Was a three-year starter for the Scarlet Knights --- Has a twin brother, Jason, plays for the Tennessee Titans --- Earned 1st Team All-Big East honors in 2009 --- Named a team captain as a senior --- Was a top special teams gunner, saw action as a return man and blocked seven kicks during his college career --- Possesses a nice blend of physical tools and intangibles --- Profiles as a potential starter at the next level but will at the very least provide value as a backup and special teamer.

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The Blauhg is not happy with the trading

By: Greg

How do you not pick Dez Bryant TWICE! The Pats had two chances at taking Dez Bryant who will be a pro bowler wide reciever and the replacement for Randy
Moss. He would have given Tom Brady another weapon for years to come and they pass him on twice. Believe me the Pats will be kicking themselves that they did not take Dez Bryant at 22 or 24.
Wes Welker will be out for half of the year next year maybe more and who knows what he will be like when he comes back. Randy Moss is in the last year of his contract and with no help on the other side will be double teamed and get no balls. Torry Holt is over the hill and is nothing better than a third wide reciever and just a serviceable wide out. Dez Bryant would have made Randy, Torry, and Wes much better along with giving Brady a young wide out to look forward to playing with for years to come.
If Dez was not suspended for lying which is not a big deal he would have been a top 10 pick. To get a guy like that at 22, or 24 is an absolute steal. How do you not pick him, TWICE! Mistake made by the Pats tonight to not grab Dez Bryant......

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Final Mock Draft: Patriots Blauhg


By: Greg

Final Mock Draft: After reading, listening and watch a ton of draft material for the last few weeks I will make my final mock……
1. St. Louis (1-15)

Sam Bradford QB Okla

The Rams must draft a QB because they are in full rebuilding mode, rumors have the browns trading up to get this pick, no matter what its going to be Bradford at number one.

2. Detroit (2-14)

Ndamaking Suh, DT, Nebraska

Suh fits better than McCoy with the Kittens, they are glad to have him and could have a dominating dline.



3. Tampa Bay (3-13)

Gerald McCoy DT Okla

Either one of the stud DT would be perfect here for the Buccs. It seems like the first three picks are set in stone.
 4. Washington (4-12)

Russell Okung OT

The Skins should have their pick of OTs, while Okung isn’t the most talented he is the best player.


5. Kansas City (4-12)

Trent Williams OT

Most talented OT in the draft, the Chefs scoop him up here.
6. Seattle (5-11)

CJ Spiller RB- Clemson (Before had Brain Bulaga)

Seattle knows they need a game breaker and have two picks in the first round so they get the impact guy here at 6 instead of a OT.

7. Cleveland (5-11)

Eric Berry S Tenn

The Browns would be dancing in the streets if Berry falls to 7. He is one of the top players in the draft and could be an instant game changer. Brownies could also move up to the number one spot to take Bradford.
8. Oakland (5-11)

Derek Morgan (Before had Bruce Campell)

Morgan seems to be a mover and the best DE in the draft

9. Buffalo (6-10)

Brian Bulaga OT (Before Jimmy Clausen QB Norte Dame)

Bulaga gives the Bills a solid OT for years and Clausen seems not to fit with the Bills

10. Jacksonville (7-9)

Jason Pierre Paul DE (Before had Derek Morgan)

Need a pass rusher, Paul is a stud athlete but can he get it done football wise.

11. Denver (from Chicago 7-9)

Brandon Graham OLB (Before Dez Bryant WR)

Dez is Marshall Jr. so they pass on him to take a dynamic pass rusher.

12. Miami (7-9)

Dan Williams DT

Miami needs to fill the gap in the defensive after Fergersen left. Williams fills that hole
13. San Francisco (8-8)

Joe Haden CB

The Niners need secondary help Haden is the best CB on the board.
14. Seattle (from Denver 8-8)

Athony Davis OT (Before CJ Spiller)

Seahawks get their OT this late to combo with Spiller.

15. New York Giants (8-8)

Rolando McClain LB

Perfect fit for the Giants and at a need area. The Gmen would love if McClain slips to them here.


16. Tennessee (8-8)

Sergio Kindle (Before Brandon Graham OLB/DE)

Titans need a pass rush and Kindle gives them exactly that
17. San Francisco (from Carolina 8-8)

Jimmy Clausen QB (Before Athony Davis OT)

Clausen slips to the Niners second first round pick and they don’t think twice about taking him here.
18. Pittsburgh (9-7)

Mike Iupati OG- Idaho

The Steelers had one of the worst offensive in the league last season. Who knows whom the line will be protecting this year but they need help. Maybe Iupati can protect Big Ben from going to college bars too.
19. Atlanta (9-7)

Sean Witherspoon OLB/DE

Hotlanta could use a pass rusher just like many teams, while they hope Graham will fall, Witherspoon will do just fine.
20. Houston (9-7)

Earl Thomas CB

Houston lost Robinson in the off season so CB is a need. Thomas can help at S or CB.
21. Cincinnati (10-6)

Jermaine Gresham TE

Cincy has had trouble at the TE spot for years now, Gresham is a playmaker who will help immediately.



22. New England (10-6)


The Pats have four picks in the first two rounds and have a lot of needs. The Pats need another Wide Receiver to be their number three, and to replace Randy Moss next year. The Pats also need a pass rusher badly. They were one of the worst pass rushing teams in the league, every team had all day to sit in the pocket and cut through their porous secondary. They also need a TE but I really hope they don’t take one early because TE is not used that much in the Pats offense. They could also use a running back of the future, with Phoney Maroney in his last year and they rest of the old running backs losing tread on their tires. Linebacker and CB is also on the Pats needs list






The first mock I went with Golden Tate, the second mock I went with Sergio Kindle this mock I am going with Dez Bryant.


Dez Bryant WR


He seems to be the mystery of the draft of where he goes. If Bryant slips to 22 the Patriots don’t blink and snatch up Bryant. Bryant would be a dynamic number three receiver who in a year under Brady, Moss, Holt and Welker will develop and mature into a number one.






Others to look out for here: Golden Tate WR, Brandon Graham OLB, D Thomas WR, Jerry Hughes OLB



23. Green Bay (11-5)

Kyle Wilson CB

Seems like CB is always a need in Green Bay, Wilson is the best player on the board.
24. Philadelphia (11-5)

Taylor Mays S

Philly has an extra pick with the stupid trading of McNabb in the second round. They reach a little on Mays here who could start right away for the Iggles.
25. Baltimore (9-7)

Jared Odrick DL

The ravens had two DE leave in Free Agency and another who is 35 years old which is why Odrick makes all the sense in the world.
26. Arizona (10-6)

Devin McCourtey CB

Zona needs secondary help after getting lit up by Rodgers in the playoff duel, McCourte is the best on the board


27. Dallas (11-5)

Maurkice Pouncey OL

Flosell Adams was released so someone has to protect that pretty face of Tony Romo.
28. San Diego (13-3)

Terrance Cody DT

San Diego ranked 20th in stopping the run, Cody can fill holes just look here: http://www.burntorangenation.com/2010/1/28/1274114/this-is-the-guy-that-created

29. New York Jets (9-7)

Everson Griffin DE

Griffin brings an outside rusher to a dynamic defense. The off season champs get another piece on the best defense in the league
30. Minnesota (12-4)

Tim Tebow QB (Last Roger Saffold OT)

Minnesota doesn’t have too many needs so they grab the versatile QB in Tebow who can learn for at least a year with Farve.
31. Indianapolis (14-2)

Charles Brown OT (Before Vladmir OT Umass)

Again a reach on OT but the Colts need help on the O Line badly especially with their owner going off in public about the OL’s effort in the Super Bowl loss.

32. New Orleans (13-3)

Jerry Hughes OLB

The Super Bowl champs need front seven help, Hughes led one of the best defenses last season. He had 11 sacks and will help the pass rush of N.O.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Jets are kicking the Patriots butt this offseason

By: Greg
Off seasons are always fun. Seeing which players your team lets go or resigns. Seeing who are the best players are on the free agent market and praying that your team makes a run at them. Coming up with crazy trades that might happen to improve your team. Well this off season has not been too exciting for Pats fans all while being mightily exciting for Jets fans.

The Jets have absolutely kick the Pats ass this off season. On paper you could even say that they are a better team now, on paper.

Lets start off by whom both teams resigned:

• The Jets got back Leon Washington, Braylon Edwards, and Brad Smith while letting Thomas Jones go. T

• The Pats got back Vince Wilfork, Stephen Neal, Tully Banta Cain, Kevin Faulk and Leigh Bodden while letting Ben Watson, Chris Baker, Jarvis Green go

Advantage: Pats- Small advantage- They signed all their key free agents and the Jets lost there most productive Running back…….but this is the only thing the Pats win in this offseason.

Free Agent Pick ups:

• The Jets:

  • o LT- While I think he is done and over the hill, he is still an attractive pick up
  • o Jason Taylor- Again over the hill, but they got him at a cheap price and can still help with the pass rush

• Pats

  • o Alge Crumpler- He is on the down side of his career but can still contribute
  • o Torry Holt- Will be a solid pick up but who knows how much gas he has in his tank

  • o David Patten- who knows if hell even make the team
Advantage: Jets- Small Advantage- Both teams got over the hill washed up players but the Jets got a little bit more fire power

Trades:

o The Pats: NONE

o The Jets

  • o Antonio Cromartie for a third round pick: A very good starting CB to go along side Revis Island will make them the best CB duo in the league
  • o Santiono Holmes for a bag of balls: A former super bowl MVP for a 5th round pick! You cant be serious. Holmes gives the Jets a go to receiver and makes Edwards that much better

Advantage: Jets- Huge Advantage: The Jets get a number one receiver and a starting CB for a third and 5th round pick

Oh and also the Jets have acquired the rights to be on Hard Knocks.

The Jets have been wheeling and dealing with Sexy Rexy Ryan at the helm. On paper they moved very close (maybe even passed) the Patriots. But hey maybe its like the Redskins or the Mets (sorry Marc) whom always win the off season but can never win games. Well see come September.....

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

2010 Patriots Schedule

By: Greg

The NFL has released the 2010 schedule. In the next day or two the Blauhg will analyze it in a few days but for now take a look yourself.

Sunday, Sept. 12 – vs. Bengals (1 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 19 – at N.Y. Jets (4:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Sept. 26 – vs. Bills (1 p.m.)
Monday, Oct. 4 – at Miami (8:30 p.m.)
BYE
Sunday, Oct. 17 – vs. Baltimore (1 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 24 – at San Diego (1:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 31 – vs. Minnesota (4:15 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 7 – at Cleveland (1 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 14 – at Pittsburgh (8:20 p.m.)
Sunday, Nov. 21 – vs. Indianapolis (4:15 p.m.)
Thursday, Nov. 25 – at Detroit (12:30 p.m.)
Monday. Dec. 6 – vs. N.Y. Jets (8:30 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 12 – at Chicago (1 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 19 – vs. Green Bay (8:20 p.m.)
Sunday, Dec. 26 – at Buffalo (1 p.m.)
Sunday, Jan. 2 – vs. Miami (1 p.m.)

Patriots sign WR Tory Holt

By: Greg
Tom Brady loves veteran wide receivers, guys that know how to run routes and he can gel with. Well Tom and the Patriots are getting one of those guys with the signing of Torry Holt. Holt has signed a one year deal with the Pats today.




Holt was recently with the JagUars and last season tallied 51 catches for 722 yards and zero tuddies, he had about the same totals the year before with the Rams. The previous three seasons before that he had at least 1189 yards, 93 catches and 7 Touchdowns. His numbers have definitely taken a down fall for the last two years, so does he have any gas in his tank? My answer is why not.



• Look the last two seasons he was catching the ball from David Garrad and Marc Bulger, not exactly anything special.

• Holt will be the Pats third WR so he will not be relied upon heavily

• Holt can catch the ball at the sticks so he does not need to rely on his wearing tires

• He can run great routes which is something the other third WRs that have come to the Patriots (Joey Galloway in particular) have not

Should Pats fans be estactic with this pick up? No. Could he be a nice surprise that will give you a similar threat and numbers as the last productive third WR with the Patriots (Jabar Gaffney) YES!

Patriots Full 7 Round Mock Draft

By: Greg

We have done full first round Mock Drafts now the Blauhg is going to do a full Patriots draft. Many mocks have predicted what the Pats will do in the first round, we are going to predict what they do with every pick. For this mock we went to http://www.draftsite.com/nfl/index.php?draft=2010&round=1  which has a full seven round draft with every pick. We at the Blaugh will be picking for the Patriots and can not take any player who is taken before the Patriots pick.


Here are our needs: The Pats have four picks in the first two rounds and have a lot of needs. The Pats need another Wide Receiver to be their number three, and to replace Randy Moss next year. The Pats also need a pass rusher badly. They were one of the worst pass rushing teams in the league, every team had all day to sit in the pocket and cut through their porous secondary. They also need a TE but I really hope they don’t take one early because TE is not used that much in the Pats offense. They could also use a running back of the future, with Phoney Maroney in his last year and they rest of the old running backs losing tread on their tires. Linebacker and CB is also on the Pats needs list



22. New England (10-6)

Dez Bryant WR Ok State

Look I don’t think Bryant will be there at 22 but if he is like in this mock and many other mocks around the web the Patriots will scoop him up faster than Usain Bolt. Dez would bring a playmaker to the 3rd WR position and a future number 1 WR when Randy Moss leaves after this season.



Round 2 (Where the Patriots have 3 picks)



44. Ricky Sapp OLB Clemson

Sapp is an outside LB who is coming off a knee injury but is very talented. Last season while earning 2nd team All Acc he had 5 sacks and 7 QB pressures.



47. Devin McCourty CB Rutgers

Devin is a solid CB who had 72 tackles and 1 interception who will compete for a job with the rest of the Pats young secondary.



53. Rob Gronkowski TE Arizona

Gronkowski brings a pass catching threat to a depleted TE core with the Patriots. Rob had 47 catches for over 600 yards and 10 tuddies last season while playing in the Pac 10



Round 3- No Pick



Round 4

119. Lagarette Blount RB Oregon

The punch seen around the world or Idaho. Blount has character problems but is worth a shot in round four. Blount knows hes is on thin ice and BB can turn him around. Blount would have been a 2nd rounder if it wasn’t for the punch so fourth round value is good here.



Round 5- no pick

Round 6

190. Willie Young DE NC State

The Pats need to pressure the QB this season and Young gives them some late round value. Young has 8 sacks last season and throughout his career in the ACC Young was able to get to the QB (20 sacks in his career)



205. Armanti Edwards WR/Athlete Appalachian State

Edwards played QB at the college level but is a crazy athlete who could be like Randel El, Cribbs and/or Edelman in the NFL. Edwards projects to be a slot receiver and a dynamic returner. Worth a shot here with multiple picks in the late rounds.



Round 7 (5 picks- The Patriots will not keep all of these picks, look for them to trade 1 or more)



229. Andre Dixon – RB UConn

Dixon tallied 1000 plus yards and 14 tuddies for the Huskies last season. The Pats need some youth in their back field and getting a guy like Dixon this late would be a great addition.



231. Chris McCoy DE Middle Tenn St

Quick defensive end from a small school who had 7 sacks last season.



247.Zoltan Mesko Punter Michigan

The Pats need some competition at the Punter spot and Zoltan is the best on the board.



248.Dennis Landolt OT Penn State

Big agile OT whom could make the team



250. Max Hall QB BYU

Accurate QB who played in a high octane offense, the Pats are known for their late round QB pick ups.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Patriots Blauhg's NFL 2010 Mock Draft 2.0

By: Greg

UPDATED AFTER HOLMES TRADE TO THE JETS, MARSHALL TO THE PHINS AND OTHER RUMORS------Will have one more right before the draft. Also doing a 7 round Patriots Draft later this week.


1. St. Louis (1-15)

Sam Bradford QB Okla

The Rams must draft a QB because they are in full rebuilding mode, rumors have the browns trading up to get this pick, no matter what its going to be Bradford at number one.



2. Detroit (2-14)

Ndamaking Suh, DT, Nebraska

Suh fits better than McCoy with the Kittens, they are glad to have him and could have a dominating dline.



3. Tampa Bay (3-13)

Gerald McCoy DT Okla

Either one of the stud DT would be perfect here for the Buccs. It seems like the first three picks are set in stone.



4. Washington (4-12)

Russell Okung OT

The Skins should have their pick of OTs, while Okung isn’t the most talented he is the best player.



5. Kansas City (4-12)

Trent Williams OT

Most talented OT in the draft, the Chefs scoop him up here.



6. Seattle (5-11)

Brain Bulaga OT

Seattle needs desperate help on the offensive line and it starts with the draft. Seattle will jump on the highest rated OT left here


7. Cleveland (5-11)

Eric Berry S Tenn

The Browns would be dancing in the streets if Berry falls to 7. He is one of the top players in the draft and could be an instant game changer. Brownies could also move up to the number one spot to take Bradford.



8. Oakland (5-11)

Bruce Campbell OT

Campbell is a work out warrior and we saw last year Al Davis loves those guys so hell reach on Campbell here.



9. Buffalo (6-10)

Jimmy Clausen QB Norte Dame

Buffalo will be a bad bad football team this year. The rebuilding starts here and they grab what I think the best QB in the draft here.



10. Jacksonville (7-9)

Derrick Morgan DE

The jags could use another playmaker on the defensive line after only having 14 sacks last season.



11. Denver (from Chicago 7-9)

Dez Bryant WR

Just traded Marshall makes WR a huge need. Bryant is a playmaker, while I wish he falls down to 22, the Broncos pick him up here.


12. Miami (7-9)

Dan Williams DT

Miami needs to fill the gap in the defensive after Fergersen left. Williams fills that hole



13. San Francisco (8-8)

Joe Haden CB

The Niners need secondary help Haden is the best CB on the board.



14. Seattle (from Denver 8-8)

CJ Spiller RB

Spiller is one mystery of the draft he could go any where from 6 to the 20’s. Spiller would be great value here.



15. New York Giants (8-8)

Rolando McClain LB

Perfect fit for the Giants and at a need area. The Gmen would love if McClain slips to them here.



16. Tennessee (8-8)

Brandon Graham OLB/DE

With the departures of Kearse and Vanden bosh there is a need for a pass rusher on the Titans. Brandon might be the best of the bunch.



17. San Francisco (from Carolina 8-8)

Athony Davis OT

Niners have two picks in the top 17 so they can reach for an OT a little bit here. Davis is a great talent but very lazy, Coach Singletary wont put up with that because he “wants winners and people who want to win”



18. Pittsburgh (9-7)

Mike Iupati OG- Idaho

The Steelers had one of the worst offensive in the league last season. Who knows whom the line will be protecting this year but they need help. Maybe Iupati can protect Big Ben from going to college bars too.



19. Atlanta (9-7)

Sean Witherspoon OLB/DE

Hotlanta could use a pass rusher just like many teams, while they hope Graham will fall, Witherspoon will do just fine.



20. Houston (9-7)

Earl Thomas CB

Houston lost Robinson in the off season so CB is a need. Thomas can help at S or CB.



21. Cincinnati (10-6)

Jermaine Gresham TE

Cincy has had trouble at the TE spot for years now, Gresham is a playmaker who will help immediately.



22. New England (10-6)


The Pats have four picks in the first two rounds and have a lot of needs. The Pats need another Wide Receiver to be their number three, and to replace Randy Moss next year. The Pats also need a pass rusher badly. They were one of the worst pass rushing teams in the league, every team had all day to sit in the pocket and cut through their porous secondary. They also need a TE but I really hope they don’t take one early because TE is not used that much in the Pats offense. They could also use a running back of the future, with Phoney Maroney in his last year and they rest of the old running backs losing tread on their tires. Linebacker and CB is also on the Pats needs list






Last mock I went with Golden Tate, my thinking now is that the Pats will wait until round 2 to pick up a WR and they go with a pass rusher here.


Sergio Kindle OLB Texas


Kindle can get after the QB and that is a need of the Patriots. Kindle will fit in nicely with the Patriots. Last season with Texas Kindle had six sacks, 10 pressures and 58 tackles. In the last two seasons he has had 34.5 tackles for a loss so he can get into the opponents backfield. He also played some special teams which we know BB loves.






Others to look out for here: Golden Tate WR, Brandon Graham OLB, D Thomas WR, Jerry Hughes OLB









23. Green Bay (11-5)

Kyle Wilson CB

Seems like CB is always a need in Green Bay, Wilson is the best player on the board.



24. Philadelphia (11-5)

Taylor Mays S

Philly has an extra pick with the stupid trading of McNabb in the second round. They reach a little on Mays here who could start right away for the Iggles.



25. Baltimore (9-7)

Jared Odrick DL

The ravens had two DE leave in Free Agency and another who is 35 years old which is why Odrick makes all the sense in the world.



26. Arizona (10-6)

Devin McCourtey CB

Zona needs secondary help after getting lit up by Rodgers in the playoff duel, McCourte is the best on the board

27. Dallas (11-5)

Maurkice Pouncey OL

Flosell Adams was released so someone has to protect that pretty face of Tony Romo.

28. San Diego (13-3)

Terrance Cody DT

San Diego ranked 20th in stopping the run, Cody can fill holes just look here: http://www.burntorangenation.com/2010/1/28/1274114/this-is-the-guy-that-created


29. New York Jets (9-7)

Everson Griffin DE

The winners of the off season get even better on defense and could be looking like the favorites in the AFC East.
30. Minnesota (12-4)

Rodger Saffold OT

Here is where the reaching for O-Line comes in. Last season there was a lot of reaching in the late first round on OTs, Saffold is a reach but OL is a big need.



31. Indianapolis (14-2)

Vladimir Ducasse OT

Again a reach on OT but the Colts need help on the O Line badly especially with their owner going off in public about the OL’s effort in the Super Bowl loss.



32. New Orleans (13-3)

Jerry Hughes OLB

The Super Bowl champs need front seven help, Hughes led one of the best defenses last season. He had 11 sacks and will help the pass rush of N.O.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

David King, What Are You Doing Here?

By Rocky

Chris Hanson: Hi David King, what are you doing here?

David King: The Patriots called me.

Chris Hanson: Sure, did you believe you could just come here thinking that I wasn't home?


David King: Aren't you a free agent?

Chris Hanson: Well, I'm not any agent of the law. You can walk back through that front door whenever you'd like.

David King: What is going on?


Chris Hanson: You tell me. What were you planning on doing here?


David King: Punting.

Chris Hanson: So that's what you call what appalling act you were considering. And how far did it take you to get here. Where are you from?

David King: Australia.

Chris Hanson: You are sick to have made this journey mate, let's see what you have in your bag...ah, Bartles and James, condoms and Ralph magazine. I'm going to ask you again: what were you planning on doing here?

David King: I told you, punting. But I heard New Bedford girls are dirty so that's why I have the condoms.


Chris Hanson: Aha! That's enough premeditated intent! Boys, come in and take this pervert down!


Security rushes in. Tackles Hanson.


Ted from security: Chris, you don't work here anymore. Sorry Mr. King, welcome to the Patriots.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Don't Sleep on the Patriots' Sleepy Offseason

By Rocky

Our inbox has been slammed with e-mails about Belichick not making enough off-season moves, do not be distracted, this is the plan. 2011 will be a tough fiscal year to handle big contracts and we have four of the first 53 picks in, by all accounts, the deepest draft in memory. Sure we'd like another premiere wideout and some help on defense but ask yourself if they are worth it (in more ways than one). Now if BB takes a Marshall–see below–then we are cool with it but it's his call. Please do not panic. In Bill We...now there's some talent! nice gams...Trust.

-30-

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Trade for Brandon Marshall Please

By: Greg
The need is there. The guy is there. All the Patriots need to do is pull the trigger.  The Patriots have a need at WR with Welker out for some of the season (and who knows how good he will be when he comes back), Randy Moss in the last year of his contract and no third WR.
Brandon Marshall is on the trading block and for only a first round pick, it would be a steal. While Marshall is a head case, he is one of the top 5 wide outs in the game. BB has changed other malcontents (Dillion, Moss) to buy into his ways and I think Marshall could be another. Marshall would instantly be the number one target for Tom Brady and a number one receiver for years to come. Imagine a line up of Moss, Marshall and Welker: that is a fantasy football line up.
The Patriots are picking at number 22 and a lot of mock drafts have them taking a WR at that spot or early in the second round. Who would you rather a guy 1100 yards and 10 tuddies in the NFL last year or some unproven rookie WR. Put it this way if Brandon Marshall was inserted into this draft, he would not slip past the first 5 picks. Getting a guy like him for the number 22 pick would be a steal. Plus the Patriots then can concentrate on thier other needs with thier three second round picks.
Marshall would put the Patriots offense as one of the most electric offenses in football and maybe break thier record of 2007. It would be a mistake not to make this trade happen.....

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Patriots Playback: 1st round possibilities

By: Greg
There are many possibilites for the Patriots at pick 22. Will they go with a pass rusher in Brandon Graham, or Sergio Kindle? Pass rusher is a must in the first two rounds. Will they go after a WR to give Brady another weapon and eventual replacement for Moss next year in Dez Bryant, Deymarius Thomas or Golden Tate? Will they get even younger in thier secondary with a pick like Kyle Wilson? Will they be stupid and grab a TE or Tebow in the first round? Well ESPN breaks down some of those possibilities in this video.....less than two weeks til draft day:

http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4677039/pats-draft-party-video-analysts-talk-pick-22

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

2010 NFL Mock Draft: The Patriots Blauhg edition


By: Greg
It is finally here, draft season. One of my favorite events of the year. I finally got around to making the Patriots Blauhg's mock draft version 1.

1. St. Louis (1-15)


Sam Bradford QB Okla

The Rams must draft a QB because they are in full rebuilding mode. Just released Bulger makes room for a rookie QB in Bradford.

2. Detroit (2-14)

Ndamaking Suh, DT, Nebraska

The Kittens will have a dominate defensive line in bringing in Suh



3. Tampa Bay (3-13)

Gerald McCoy DT Okla

Either one of the stud DT would be perfect here for the Buccs



4. Washington (4-12)

Russell Okung OT

Before the signing of McNabb, the skins prob would have went QB here but McNabb puts them right in the mix for a super bowl. Look for the Skins to protect that asset with a OT





5. Kansas City (4-12)

Bryan Bulaga OT

Former Pats head scot pioli knows how to draft and knows what position to draft, the CHEFS go with a OT here



6. Seattle (5-11)

Trent Williams OT

Seattle needs desperate help on the offensive line and it starts with the draft. Seattle will jump on the highest rated OT left here



7. Cleveland (5-11)

Eric Berry S Tenn

The Browns would be dancing in the streets if Berry falls to 7. He is one of the top players in the draft and could be an instant game changer.



8. Oakland (5-11)

Jason Pierre Paul- DE

Pierre Paul is an absolute beast and is crazy athletic. Al Davis will fall in love with his athleticism and reach on him here



9. Buffalo (6-10)

Jimmy Clausen QB Norte Dame

Buffalo will be a bad bad football team this year. The rebuilding starts here and they grab what I think the best QB in the draft here.



10. Jacksonville (7-9)

Joe Haden CB Fla

The Jags need corner back help and go with a homebody in the corner out of Fla





11. Denver (from Chicago 7-9)

Rolando McClain- ILB

I could see McDaniel’s going for Dez Bryant here but LB is too much of a need to pass up on McClain





12. Miami (7-9)

Dan Williams DT

Miami needs to fill the gap in the defensive after Fergersen left. Williams fills that hole



13. San Francisco (8-8)

Earl Thomas- CB

The Niners need secondary help. Thomas could be an instant starter for Singeltary.



14. Seattle (from Denver 8-8)

Derek Morgan DE Gtech

The Seahawks already filled offensive line with their first pick and now go with defensive line with their second pick.



15. New York Giants (8-8)

Bruce Campbell OT

Campbell is the mystery of the draft. He is an animal athletically but on game tape not so much. The Giants take a chance hoping their coaches can make him into a player.



16. Tennessee (8-8)

Brandon Graham OLB/DE

With the departures of Kearse and Vanden bosh there is a need for a pass rusher on the Titans. Brandon might be the best of the bunch.



17. San Francisco (from Carolina 8-8)

CJ Spiller- RB Clemson

The Niners get two picks in the top 17 and now most NFL teams are going to a two back system. Gore and Spiller would be one of the best combos in the league.



18. Pittsburgh (9-7)

Mike Iupati OG- Idaho

The Steelers had one of the worst offensive in the league last season. Who knows whom the line will be protecting this year but they need help.



19. Atlanta (9-7)

Sean Witherspoon OLB/DE

Hotlanta could use a pass rusher just like many teams, while they hope Graham will fall, Witherspoon will do just fine.



20. Houston (9-7)

Ryan Matthews- RB Fresno

Steve Slaton had a horrible sophomore year, Matthews will come right away and compete for a spot. Houston again could have an awesome offense with Matthews, Johnson and Shaub.



21. Cincinnati (10-6)

Dez Bryant WR- OK State

If Dez actually falls this low the Bungals would love it. Dez and Chad would not only be a terrific one two on the field but also will be great off the field. A steal if you ask me.



22. New England (10-6)


The Pats have four picks in the first two rounds and have a lot of needs. The Pats need another Wide Reciever to be their number three, and to replace Randy Moss next year. The Pats also need a pass rusher badly. They were one of the worst pass rushing teams in the league, every team had all day to sit in the pocket and cut through their pourous secondary. They also need a TE but I really hope they don’t take one early because TE is not used that much in the Pats offense. They could also use a running back of the future, with Phoney Maroney in his last year and they rest of the old running backs losing tread on their tires. Linebacker and CB is also on the Pats needs list






Golden Tate WR Norte Dame


The Pats need a number three wide out who can fill in early for Wes Welker while he is out, and when he comes back he can be a dynamic flanker who can stretch the field. He will also replace Randy after next season.


Tate absolutely carried Chaz Wiess, Jimmy Clausen and the NBC network with his amazing hands and outstanding speed. Tate would fit in very nicely in Foxboro. Last season he had 1496 yards in 12 games! He also had 15 tuddies and 93 catches.

Others to look out for: Sergio Kindle OLB Texas,  Brandon Graham OLB Michigan, Kyle Wilson CB Boise State, Dez Bryant Ok State WR



23. Green Bay (11-5)

Kyle Wilson CB

Seems like CB is always a need in Green Bay, Wilson is the best player on the board.



24. Philadelphia (11-5)

Taylor Mays S

Philly has an extra pick with the stupid trading of McNabb in the second round. They reach a little on Mays here who could start right away for the Iggles.



25. Baltimore (9-7)

Jared Odrick DL

The ravens had two DE leave in Free Agency and another who is 35 years old which is why Odrick makes all the sense in the world.



26. Arizona (10-6)

Jermaine Gresham TE

With Boldin bolting for the Baltimore, the Cards need another big play guy on offense, Gresham gives the Cards an actual threat at TE for years to come



27. Dallas (11-5)

Anthony Davis OT-

Flosell Adams was released so someone has to protect that pretty face of Tony Romo.



28. San Diego (13-3)

Terrance Cody DT

San Diego ranked 20th in stopping the run, Cody can fill holes.



29. New York Jets (9-7)

Demarvious Thomas WR- G Tech

The Jets have made some nice moves this offseason which makes me hate them even more. Thomas is raw but will fill in nicely with the Jets offense to get downfield. Edwards has one more year left on the contract and the Jets are trying hard to find another WR to put along side him.



30. Minnesota (12-4)

Maurkice Pouncey- OL

Pouncey is a versatile lineman in which the Viks are in need of.



31. Indianapolis (14-2)

Charles Brown OT USC

The Colts need help on the offensive line as do most teams they will go after the best player on their board at that position and Brown it is.



32. New Orleans (13-3)

Sergio Kindle OLB/DE Texas

The Super Bowl champs need front seven help and Kindle can get after the QB. If Kindle actually falls this low it will be a big steal for the Saints.