Adam Schefter on D&C: ‘Not a great draft for tight ends’
|05.06.14 at 10:57 am ET|
The Patriots are predicted by many to take a defensive end or tight end with the 29th pick of the first round.
“I don’t think they know right now,” Schefter said of the Patriots’ plan. “I think a defensive lineman certainly makes sense. … I don’t know that there’s going to be a tight end in that spot that makes sense for them.
“There aren’t a lot of tight ends, so if you don’t have a lot of tight end choices, there’s not a lot you can do, so they’re kind of limited with that position right now. It’s not a great draft for tight ends. I think in a perfect world, they might get one — Eric Ebron never will make it to them and then there is a group of those guys — [Austin Seferian-Jenkins] I don’t think would be for them. I think that you look at the other guy, Jace Amaro. I could see that maybe. … There just doesn’t seem to be a great tight end in this draft, and maybe they come back and revisit the Dustin Keller thing if the draft does not yield a tight end.”
Schefter also added that regardless of Tom Brady‘s age, the Patriots should invest in a quarterback if they have a solid option when they pick.
“We all know they have the quarterbacks ranked, and Johnny Manziel will not make it to them,” Schefter said. “If Johnny Manziel somehow did, which there’s zero chance of that, I think they’d be happy to take Johnny Manziel. I don’t think you just pick a quarterback to pick a quarterback. … I think it’s true any year — last year, this year, next year — regardless of Tom Brady‘s age, if there’s a quarterback that you have a high grade on when you pick, and he’s the best player on the board … you go take him, period, regardless of whether Tom Brady‘s 37, 27, 17. It doesn’t matter, and I don’t think there’s any difference this year.
“I know that, yes, we’re getting closer to the end of Tom Brady’s career, and yes, you’re keeping in mind that you’re looking for his successor, but it’s not the kind of thing that you force. It happens. It comes to you. The guy that you have a high grade on all of a sudden is there in Round 1 or Round 2 or Round 3, and you say, ‘Hey, we have a first-round guy in this quarterback who’s now here in Round 3. We’ve got to take him.’ I don’t think you’re going into a draft thinking now or next year we’ve got to find a successor for Tom Brady. It just happens.”
Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is not expected to go until very late, and Schefter said it’s not because he is set to become the first openly gay NFL player.
“I will say, he will get drafted. I think it will be Round 6 or 7. I don’t believe it’ll be any earlier,” Schefter said. “I’ve spoken to some teams who told me flat out they wouldn’t draft him and it had nothing to do with him coming out and saying that he’s gay. They told me that they had him basically as an undrafted free agent before he made his public declaration. So, believe what you want. I think he becomes a late guy who becomes drafted. It wouldn’t surprise me if the NFL office weighed in and asked a couple of teams, ‘Hey, can you do us a favor and take this guy later on? It would help out everybody.’ But it’s not like teams are clamoring for him. I’ll tell you that — that is certain.”