Attitude Draft?

With the draft behind us, I want to take some time to analyze what the local 11 got and how they did.

It’s tough to disagree with Mike Reiss’ assessment that this was an attitude draft.  The Patriots absolutely went after the toughest guy, and some of the biggest guys available at each selection.

I also thought there was attitude in the trade with the Broncos.  Granted the Patriots moved down again in the first round, but I thought there was an element of “go ahead young man, take what you want, I see something you don’t see.”  I think it’s safe to say the Patriots weren’t interested in Tim Tebow at all, but definitely not unless he found his way into the 6th round or so, where drafting a mediocre fullback would be more appropriate.

I like the addition of Spikes at linebacker, and I disagree with Reiss that it won’t improve our pass rush.  If Spikes can play in the middle (which is why the Patriots took him) they can afford to send pressure from the outside more often.

I predicted the selection of Rob Gronkowski in the second round.  He’s going to be a fixture in this offense.  Hopefully he holds onto more balls than Ben Watson.  I also see him making an important impact on the running game.

Obviously only time will tell, but I give the Pats a B+ overall.