If there is one thing that Patriots fans have become accustomed to its Bill Belichick draft day surprises. This year’s surprise (or should I say Surprises) were;
1. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB from Eastern Illinois, who is known for having one of the quickest releases in this draft class. Though he could have been selected in the 3rd round, apparently Bill didn’t want to take the chance of not getting his man, selecting Jimmy with his second pick.
2. The next draft head scratcher wasn’t the selection of a player but the fact they didn’t select a position we all felt was a need; Tight End. The 3rd round came and went and we thought, “Ok, well they’ll select one in the 4th”, then that round went by and you get the picture. With solid prospects available, it became the mystery of the day as to why Bill passed on all the “draftable” Ends?
I have no problem with the first two selections, it’s most of the selections from that point forward I take issue with. For me the quality of the player didn’t always equal the round he was selected in and there were positions of need that weren’t addressed. Time will tell, hopefully Bill knows best but I’d love to know who’s supposed to take Aaron Hernandez place? Who’s supposed to play Inside Linebacker? Who are the Starting Free and Strong Safety?
As for the rest of the teams in this year’s draft, here are my very early grades. Obviously these grades are fluid and should change as players grow and or are released from said teams.
These grades are based on the NFL number grading system, then converted into a letter grade.
As you can see, the real “Winners” of this years draft are Buffalo, Cleveland, Oakland… The real “Losers” are our Patriots, Washington… and worst of all Seattle but I’ll take a Super Bowl trophy over winning a draft any day. They can only hope their lousy draft doesn’t impact their future.
See you all in the Fall, Go Pats!