Adam Schefter on D&C: ‘At some point you’ve got to start picking players’
|04.29.11 at 8:35 am ET|
The Patriots took Colorado offensive lineman Nate Solder at No. 17 and then traded the No. 28 pick to New Orleans for a second-rounder this weekend and a first-rounder next year.
The Patriots have the first pick of Friday’s second round. Schefter said people he spoke with after Thursday night’s opening round predicted the Pats would trade the No. 33 overall pick, but he’s not so sure.
“Is it going to surprise me if they trade out? Not at all,” Schefter said. “But I’m sitting here, I’m saying to myself: You’re New England. You’ve already stockpiled double [first-round picks] for next year. At some point you’ve got to start picking players. And there’s some pretty good players on the board.
“There aren’t many people that thought that Da’Quan Bowers would be sitting there at the top of Round 2. I know he’s got medicals [issues with his knee], but that guy’s a hell of a football player. I’ve heard some front offices compare him to Michael Strahan. I think Bill Belichick can make him work in that system pretty easily.”
Schefter also speculated that Patriots may look at a running back such as Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams or Illinois’ Mikel Leshoure. Said Schefter: “There’s a great player there for them. It’s just a question of what need they want to address.”
Asked about league-wide surprises from Round 1, Schefter said: “My No. 1 big surprise would be Christian Ponder [going to the Vikings at No. 12]. My No. 2 big surprise would be what Seattle did, taking James Carpenter. My No. 3 surprise would be Atlanta giving up what it did to get Julio Jones ‘ five draft picks to get Julio Jones. I don’t know when he turned into Herschel Walker.”
As for the Patriots passing over Alabama running back Mark Ingram and trading the No. 28 pick to the Saints, Schefter speculated that concern about Ingram’s health was one a few factors. “I think they liked him, but they just didn’t like the idea of taking a running back,” he said. “The last time that they took a running back that high, Laurence Maroney didn’t fare well. And this is a league where there’s been an increased emphasis on the passing game.
“And quite frankly, as good as New England was last year, and it was the best team in the league during the regular season, it still has holes that it has to fill. And running back, with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead, is not a priority when you can go get running backs later on in the draft. And there’s going to be an awful lot of free agent running backs this year as well.”