Opinions on the drafting prowess of the 32 NFL teams continues to flood in from around the web. Adam Schein of FoxSports.com likes what the Patriots did (really likes) and discusses his affinity for Bill Belichick’s drafting prowess in the video below. He also discusses the rest of the AFC East in the video.
It’s not all hugs and kisses for Bill Belichick though. Matt Williamson of ESPN’s Scouts, Inc. is tired of the team constantly moving backwards, and thinks that they miss out on impact players. Williamson bemoans the Pats’ “value” strategy:
“As usual, all the trading down and wheeling and dealing set the Patriots up very well for the future. But my worry here, and with this philosophy overall, is how many true difference-makers has Bill Belichick brought to New England lately via the draft?
Even this draft looks to be made up predominantly of role players — maybe very good role players if everything works out, but role players just the same.
“So even after the draft, New England still remains short on pass-rushers, and Tom Brady will be handing the ball to the same stable of ordinary running backs. All the moving around is impressive, but maybe it is time that we become a little more critical of the Patriots’ draft tactics.”
As the draft was unfolding and all of the trading was occurring, I admittedly was befuddled. In fact, I was getting pretty aggravated as (seemingly) quality player after quality player was being drafted and the Pats just kept moving back. However, when they did make their picks, overall I was pretty pleased, and loved that they were able to grab an additional second-round pick next year. Time will tell if the players selected will be impact players or just role players. However, if the Pats did miss on impact players like they have the past few drafts, they may fade back to the middle of the NFL pack and waste the rest of Tom Brady’s career. I sincerely hope not.