My 2011 NFL Draft Wishlist

Just so you know where I’m coming from.

Picks the Pats Have:

17, 28, 33, 60, 74, 90, and their 4, 5, and 6.

Picks I want them to use:

At least #17- the fourth round. Don’t really care if they want somebody in the last two or they trade them…

What I want in a perfect world:

If they make seven picks, just for example. I want three players distributed between defensive tackle, defensive end and pass rushing outside LB. Whoever works for Bill works for me so long as “whoever” isn’t a high second rounder at HB that gets released in four years and goes on a blunt ride in STL with his Glock 9mm. I also want two tackles and a guard. Not three offensive linemen of Dante’s choosing, not a bunch of sixth round fat tight ends who he turns into serviceable starters in a year and a half. Two tackles and a guard.

Why do I want these things?

For two reasons. First of all, the game is won and lost in the trenches and I was reminded of this in the most painful and lasting way imaginable on Sunday. Secondly, and this is particularly directed at the offensive line, competition isn’t just good. In the NFL it is vital. I don’t know if Logan Mankins is coming back, I hope he is. But whether he is or is not, there is nothing wrong with putting a talented group of guys together in camp and saying, “hey, show us who wants to play. We want to dominate the line of scrimmage, which five guys will do it?” (Oh, and I want Matt Light in a plastic bag at the bottom of Crocker Pond)

Put Mankins, Vollmer, Koppen, Ojinnaka, Wendell, Connolly, and three fresh faces on the practice field and kick them in the ass until you have a strong unit. It’s not like even under the current salary structure you’re going to pay a great left tackle that you draft at 17 an unreasonable amount of money. I agree the money for that guy at three is unreasonable, but not at 17.

I shouldn’t have to explain myself on the defensive line thing, but here’s food for thought;

THE NEW YORK GIANTS KNOCKED FIVE QB’s OUT IN FOUR GAMES THIS YEAR!

That in contrast to your hometown team who didn’t record a hit on Mark Sanchez Sunday. That’s correct, a hit. They didn’t just not sack Mark Sanchez. They didn’t put him on the ground. They didn’t touch him. If you had been at Gillette Stadium screaming to the Jets quarterback that he was a dirty Sanchez, you would not only be using a joke that has run it’s course, you would have been woefully inaccurate.

The difference between the Patriots and the Giants (particularly on Sunday because of some pats injuries) is the rotation on the defensive line. The Patriots rarely dress seven defensive linemen (due to the 3-4). The Giants PLAY seven defensive linemen. These guys are NFL caliber players who run a rotation. That rotation brings the pain. I acknowledge that if you don’t make a radical change to a 4-3, Vince Wilfork will still be on the field for 96% of your defensive snaps. But there’s no reason you can’t include some heavy packages that still afford you the ability to cover, knowing that four guys in front are going to give you extraordinary pressure. A four down linemen look on 3rd and 6+ is in this team’s future.

I’ve now given you the what, now here comes the who.

The first thought I had after collecting myself on Sunday was can somebody please leak a story that Nick Fairley smokes a ton of pot and has illegitimate children with four coeds at Auburn? But since that’s not going to happen, here’s what I’m looking at.

17. Cameron Jordan DE/T Cal.

28. Derrick Sherrod OT Miss St.

33. Joseph Barksdale OT LSU

60. Mark Herzlich OLB BC

74. Derek Wolfe DE/T Cincinnati

92. Benjamin Ijalana OT/G Villanova

Once these needs are addressed, i don’t know, go get another corner from Rutgers. That worked out well. Brandon Bing? 7th round?

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