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Day 1 Draft Wish List

In Belichick I Trust

Let me begin by saying I am a true desciple of Bill Belichick. I am an ardent believer of “In Belichick we trust.” He’s earned at least that much from us.

But that doesn’t stop me from making my own draft wish list each year, and hoping he agrees with me.

So far, he never has. Every single draft he’s led I have had a wish list, but not one of those times did I get what I wanted. When he picked Richard Seymour I was hoping for Koren Robinson. Daniel Graham? I wanted Ed Reed. When he picked Ty Warren, I thought he should have gambled on Willis McGahee’s shattered knee, and when he took Benjamin Watson, I had my heart set on Ben Troupe.

Belichick has his system, and sometimes he’s right, and sometimes he isn’t, but he is REALLY right much of the time–way more than most of his competition, and way more than  I am. (Imagine if he had taken Koren Robinson?)

So tomorrow, when I don’t get what I want, I won’t be too bummed about it, because I trust the coach. But that doesn’t stop me from making my list because there is nothing more special than when you love a player, you get him, and then he becomes a star. (This is one of the many reasons I’m obsessed with Paul Pierce.)

I’m especially jacked up for this draft. One, because it’s the only real football event we’ve had to look forward to in months–and in the foreseeable future–and two, because this is supposed to be THE draft for the Patriots. I know Bill doesn’t believe in mortgaging the future for the present, but anyone in their right mind can see how important this draft is. This is their opportunity to fill in their remaining holes, and complete the rebuilding process that sets them up to potentially win a string of championships in the next five years. Plus, Belichick said himself that this is the deepest and most talented draft for front-seven prospects he’s ever seen; and the man has been around for a while.

That depth is the biggest reason why my hopes and dreams won’t be fulfilled tomorrow, because I want Belichick to trade away picks.

I have my heart set on Robert Quinn, the DE/OLB out of UNC.

I am in love with this guy. He’s 6’5” 270, he’s fast as hell, quick off the ball, a good tackler, with good instincts, and he legitimately seems like he wants to kill anyone with the ball.

He didn’t play this past year. He was ruled ineligible for lying to investigators about receiving illegal benefits. I personally don’t care about this crap. They deserve it in my opinion, with colleges raking in huge profits, the players deserve something more than a free education.

Here is some video of him. He lines up at right end every play. If you don’t know what that means, he’s #42, the guy in the backfield.

The only thing is, the Patriots would probably have to trade up to the sixth pick to get him; which, according to the NFL draft value chart would mean trading something like the 17th pick, 60th, 74th, and 90th. Personally I’d be ok with this for several reasons. One, they still have the 28th and 33rd pick to fill needs. And two, because Bill is the man who designed the 3-4 defense that made Lawrence Taylor the most feared defender ever. Other than Willie McGinest, the Patriots haven’t had anyone that could come close to really filling that position. Quinn looks to have the size and speed to actually do so. Imagine a linebacking crew of Mayo, Spikes, Cunningham and Quinn for the next decade or so? The defense would be unstoppable. To me, if you have the opportunity to build a unit like that, you take it.

But who knows. Belichick is all about smarts, and while Quinn has a great motor, speed, quickness, and he can hit, who knows what his football intelligence is like.

After this, for the 28th pick, I’d love to see Cameron Heyward, out of Ohio St. fall to the Patriots.

I love him almost as much as Quinn. He’d be a DE in the 3-4. He’s 6’5” and about 290, which is a little undersized, but he’s athletic and strong.

Here are two videos of him.

I’m amazed by his speed in this, and impressed with how he drops into coverage, makes a great read, and a real play on the ball.

This next video tells more of what he’d be like in the trenches.

The thing that impresses me the most about this is, not only does he utilize his strength and quickness to beat his blocker one-on-one, but he has the awareness to read pretty much every play perfectly. The Oregon offense lives off misdirection and confusing the defense, but Heyward was always making the correct read, and taking great angles to always stay in the play, except of course on the Massoli touchdown when he tackled the runningback.

Again, I don’t expect either of these men to Patriots at this time tomorrow, but I’d be incredibly excited if they were. A starting defense next year of Ty Warren, Wilfork, Heyward, Cunningham, Spikes, Mayo, Quinn, Bodden, Meriweather, Chung, and McCourty? They’d be filthy.

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