The 2021 Draft- We Need This One

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Phil Perry's take on what BB has historically drafted at QB and which of these QBs best fits those parameters. He discusses Ehlinger, too. I like Ehlinger better than 1 or 2 that Lazar discusses.

 
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Man, they are nailing BB to the wall again.

 
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From PFF. I'm good with Mac Jones or whoever is left over

The 2021 quarterback class is hands down the single best PFF has ever scouted in its seven years of grading college football. That means these superlatives are quite literally the best of the best. The sheer talent in this class made these superlatives quite easily the most hotly contested of any positional group in the draft.

Strongest Arm: Trey Lance

Not only does Lance have easy juice on the ball already, but there’s also reason to think he could get even stronger because he is the youngest quarterback in the draft. Even in only one season of play, Lance still has throws all over his tape that make you say “wow” with the velocity he puts on them.
That’s arm talent.

Most Accurate: Justin Fields

We’ll let PFF’s ball-placement charting do the deciding here. Justin Fields is tops in the class on all passes thrown five-plus yards downfield over the past two seasons with a 61.6% on-target rate, narrowly edging out Alabama's Mac Jones. That’s not quite at the 66.1% we saw from Joe Burrow last year, but it far outpaces most of the other top quarterbacks in the class. No one besides Jones (61.5%) in the class is within five percentage points.

Best Deep Ball: Trevor Lawrence

Lawrence still racked up deep shots despite never having a true sub-4.5-40-yard-dash type of wide receiver on the outside. His 77 career deep completions are 12 more than the next closest quarterback ranked in the top-10 of the 2021 draft class (BYU's Zach Wilson).

Best Timing: Mac Jones

This is Jones’ calling card, as he thrives within the tempo of the offense. No one came close to Jones statistically on “in-rhythm throws.” His 97.6 passing grade, 13.4 yards per attempt and 152.5 passer rating on these plays led college football. Jones got the ball where it needed to go consistently for the Crimson Tide.

Best Runner: Trey Lance

While there is no shortage of athletes at the position in this class, Lance not only has the physical tools, but he also has the on-field proof. He racked up 823 yards on 101 designed runs in 2019 and 327 yards on 33 scrambles, as well. Over his career, he averaged over 9.0 yards per attempt, and 18 of his 154 rushes ended up with a score.

Best Outside the Pocket: Zach Wilson

This is Wilson’s special trait that has him penciled in behind Trevor Lawrence on the PFF draft board. The man doesn’t have to have his feet set in the pocket to drop dimes. His 86.4 passing grade outside the pocket in 2020 was the highest of any quarterback in the class. He averaged 9.3 yards per attempt, completed 65.5% of his passes and recorded a passer rating of 127.2 on throws outside the pocket. That’s doing work.

Best Ball Security: Trey Lance

This one was hotly contested, as truly none of the top quarterback prospects have had near the turnover issues we’ve seen from first-rounders such as Jordan Love, Sam Darnold or even Deshaun Watson in recent seasons. However, it’s hard to go against Lance as he only threw one pick and had six turnover-worthy plays in his entire college career. To start as a redshirt freshman and protect the ball that well — even if it is against FCS competition — makes him easily deserving of this superlative.

Best Pocket Presence: Trevor Lawrence

While Lawrence has had several highly touted receivers over his time at Clemson, the same can’t be said for his offensive line. Guard John Simpson (fourth round, 2020), right tackle Tremayne Anchrum (seventh round, 2020) and left tackle Jack Carman (likey Day 2, 2021) are the only Clemson offensive linemen who have been drafted, or will be drafted, in Lawrence’s tenure. Still, he’s averaged fewer than 16 sacks a season and has been excellent at avoiding those plays altogether. It’s arguably the biggest reason why most feel so confident about him as a prospect.

Best vs. Blitz: Mac Jones

Not that there was really any other way to slow down Alabama’s offense in 2020, but blitzing certainly didn’t work. Jones led college football in every single statistical category when blitzed last season: yards (1,365), touchdowns (18), yards per attempt (11.4) and completion percentage (77.5%). Maybe most impressively, Jones was only sacked three times on 124 blitzed dropbacks.


Quickest Decision Maker: Davis Mills

Mills gets the ball out of his hands at the kind of pace NFL evaluators are sure to love. In fact, his 2.39-second average time to throw in 2020 on plays that weren’t screens, RPOs or play action was the fastest in the draft class. That’s a tenth of a second faster than the next closest quarterback (Trevor Lawrence, 2.49 seconds) and over two-tenths quicker than Mac Jones.

 

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I didn't want to move up to get the 3rd rated quarterback. Does anyone really want to mortgage this draft and maybe more for the 4th rated?
Ideally, its best to just let the player fall into your lap...but, that doesn't always happen.
 

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I "think" BB's mindfuck in this year's draft is: he has so many options that he thinks could be possible matches (QB's)...that he has no bad choices in whatever ending that he ends up with. In other words, He's already figured out who he wants and is good with whomever he gets in the draft.

:WHOA:
 

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Man, they are nailing BB to the wall again.

The article lost me when it finished by saying that the Malcolm Mitchel is included in the "abysmal" and "busted" category.
 
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There's something about lance...i just like him. i wish gru dog were out of coaching and doing his qb interviews. those were the best things he did.

There's nothing not to like about Trey Lance. He can throw from the pocket, he can throw on the run, he can run with the ball, he can move a DB with his eyes and he doesn't turn the ball over. He's a coach's dream scenario to scheme up.
 
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The article lost me when it finished by saying that the Malcolm Mitchel is included in the "abysmal" and "busted" category.

Yellow click bait journalism at its finest.
Let's write an article based on conjecture and innuendo as absolute fact and give it a misleading title then feed it to the BB/Patriots haters.
We know Belichick won't respond to anything we write so we can bash him unmercifully without recourse.
Easy peasy.

Truths we know.
1. The last 4-5 Patriots drafts have been poor.
2. BB is the head honcho and all poor decisions for the team come back on him no matter who made them.
3. Great bosses delegate responsibility to smart people.
4. Caserio was the defacto asst GM (Director of Player Personnel) since 2008.
5. Scouting is a central part of a DPP's job. DPPs are responsible for hiring, training and coordinating the scouts. DPPs are responsible for selecting the players to evaluate. He must pull together all the information on each player, including input from team scouts, coaches, recruiting services and other sources to present to the general manager and head coach. Some DPPs have full decision-making authority regarding recruitment, drafting or hiring of players; others operate in an advisory capacity. Caserio was somewhere in between and his authority was growing under BB's supervision until the time came to part ways.
6. Garbage in, garbage out.
7. Dissension, give and take are all a natural part of player evaluation.


Now let me use conjecture for a moment.
Is it too much of a stretch to imagine BB putting more and more responsibility into Caserio's hands over the last 11 years to see if he could one day take over?
Is it possible that in such a scenario BB stood by Caserio in the face of the scouts' arguments to give Caserio's view points support? Harry is one such example.

I'm not saying Caserio made every poor draft choice and BB made every good choice (Tavon Wilson was BB); I'm saying Caserio was in charge of tutoring the scouts & coordinating their scouting trips for the past 5 years. I'm saying BB put Caserio in charge of the scouting department with less and less input from BB each year. I'm saying Caserio did a poor job with college scouting. I'm saying Caserio was encouraged to find new employment. BB gave Caserio glowing recommendations to expedite his departure. I'm saying I'm happy BB is fully back in charge of college scouting.
 

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I don't know how thins will work in real life but trading up to #5 cost us our first and a 2nd next year and the year after. It will save BB from drafting a 2nd round safety in those years.
 

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People say Belichick has a horrible record drafting in the second round.

As I recall, Deion Branch and Rob Gronkowski and Sebastian Vollmer and Matt Light were 2nd round draft picks. Another 2nd round pick was a starting QB in a recent Super Bowl.

Sure, he's had some misses, but let's not forget the guys he's hit on.



People say Belichick can't draft wide receivers.

As I recall, two wide receivers drafted by Belichick turned out to be Super Bowl MVPs: Deion Branch and Julian Edelman.

Sure, he's had some misses, but we need to count the hits, too.
 
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I don't know how thins will work in real life but trading up to #5 cost us our first and a 2nd next year and the year after. It will save BB from drafting a 2nd round safety in those years.

I like Mac Jones but not at that cost in draft capital.
 
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