Being a New England Patriots fan on draft day is like attending circus: you never know what’s going to happen.
Bill Belichick surprises me every year. This year, Cassel went for a second round pick. Last year, Asante Samuel was let go. Before that, it was cutting Lawyer Milloy. Years before that, it was letting Bledsoe go to start Brady.
It seems that it is almost certain that Belichick is going to make a move that surprises me sometime during the season.
Going into this years draft, analysts and broadcasters stated that this draft was very deep.
I was shocked when my favorite draft analyst, Mike Mayock, stated on the NFL Network, “this draft sucks.” Minutes later on an interview with Bill Belichick, Belichick stated that he didn’t disagree.
These statements set the mood of a surprising and unanticipated draft.
I thought that the biggest need the Patriots had was OLB. Yet, they didn’t select an outside linebacker until the third round.
Watching the first round, I was bewildered when Rey Maulugua was slipping way from the top-15. I kept hoping for him to slip to the Patriot’s 23rd pick.
I was ecstatic when he was available at the 23rd spot. I was shocked when we traded the pick to Baltimore in exchange for their 26th pick.
When Maulugua was still available at 26th, I thought that Belichick was doing what he did last year in terms of what he did for Mayo: move back a couple of spots and pick the same player you would have with the previous pick with less money.
To my dismay, they traded back and eliminated themselves from the first round and once again avoided Maulugua.
I was even more ecstatic when Maulugua was still available at the 34th pick.
Belichick surprised me again by passing up Maulugua, Everett Brown, and Connor Barwin. Instead he opted to selected Oregon safety Patrick Chung.
I didn’t think that the Patriots needed a safety, especially since they signed James sanders to a three year, $3 million deal during the off-season.
He surprised me once again when he drafted Ron Brace, a defensive tackle out of Boston College with the 40th overall pick.
I thought to myself, “Why would you draft a defensive tackle when you have one of the best nose tackles in the league, Vince Wilfork?"
With the 58th pick, Belichick drafted Sebastian Vollmer, an unknown offensive tackle.
In the third round, the Patriots traded two of their four draft picks for two second round picks next year.
Many of my friends started questioning Belichick’s draft. Some even went as far as to question whether or not BB could handle the draft without Scott Pioli.
I admit, I was a bit upset with the draft. But, as a Patriots fan, I will always live by the code: in Bill we trust.
There is no doubt in my mind that when Pioli was in New England, Belichick was still the commander. He always made the last call.
To be honest, I didn’t really like the draft, at first. I would have personally loved some other players like Barwin, Cushing, Maulugua, and Brown.
I trust Bill Belichick. He has a better track record than most of the general managers in this league.
After further analysis, I realized that what Belichick did was very smart.
He didn‘t like any of the OLB in this years draft, so he decided to get second round picks for next years draft.
As of now, the Patriots have three second round picks in next years draft.
This will allow Bill to do what he loves to do best in next years draft: trade up, trade down, and have flexibility.
Belichick also drafted Daruis Butler, who Mike Mayock graded as his best CB in this year's draft.
Belichick also drafted Ron Brace for insurance just in case Wilfork leaves the Patriots next year.
Belichick also traded Ellis Hobbs because he knew that, with Daruis Butler, Leigh Bodden, Shawn Springs, Terrence Whitley, and Jonathan Wilhite, Hobbs would have no way of making the team.
Patrick Chung is most likely going to be the strong safety and Merriweather is going to be the free safety. I don’t really know what’s going to happened to Sanders. Bill gave him a $3 million deal, and now he is likely go to be on the bench.
I love the draft pick of Daruis Butler. I think that, within two or three years, he will be a shutdown corner.
With Butler and Bodden starting, both of our cornerbacks are six feet tall.
Our secondary is now fixed. All that we need to do now is either sign Jason Taylor or trade for Peppers.
One thing is sure: our defense is better right now than it was last year.
Belichick also drafted Sebastian Vollmer. He will most likely learn for a year or two and will replace Nick Kaczur at right tackle.
We all know that Belichick makes his share of mistakes, but he has selected some amazing players.