Most people view the New England Patriots decision to draft Rutgers Scarlet Knights safety Duron Harmon in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft as the biggest reach of the draft. It’s no surprise that the Patriots would be the ones to make such an unorthodox move, as it always seems like Bill Belichick and the Pats have a different agenda and board from all of the other NFL teams. Then again, this could be the same as the Tavon Wilson situation last season, where the Patriots are later justified and news breaks out that another team was also willing to draft that player early. Renowned draft analysts in Mike Mayock and Greg Cosell have since praised Harmon as being a sleeper-type prospect, but the argument remains that the Patriots could have drafted him later on.
According to Christopher Price of WEEI, the Patriots signed Duron Harmon yesterday and the terms were released as a four-year deal with no financial terms released. Harmon will likely get around $2.6 million overall as the 91st pick in the draft, and we’ll be hoping for Harmon to vindicate the Pats.
The interesting thing is that it sounds like the Pats drafted Harmon because Belichick and the “brain trust” overruled the scouts. Per draft insider Tony Pauline, the Patriots scouts did not like Harmon and nobody viewed him as a top 100 pick, but Belichick loved Harmon and overruled the scouts. Some Pats fans and writers are worried that Belichick is becoming too arrogant, but I’ll reserve judgement on that. Pauline also reported that “many” Patriots scouts hated Jamie Collins and had him graded very poorly, but there are no qualms from me with taking Collins in the second round. As for Harmon, I think the Pats should have waited, but I am willing to see what he can show. He has his four-year rookie contract, and now it’s time to see if he can justify what Belichick reportedly did.
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