Monday, April 12, 2010
Toby Gerhart a Belichick-style runner
ESPNBoston.com has been posting footage of the draft party it recently sponsored for New England Patriots season-ticket holders.
In this clip, the panel (analysts Tedy Bruschi and Todd McShay, ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss and Patriots Football Weekly assistant editor Andy Hart) discusses what types of players will be available in the second round. The Patriots own four picks inside the first 53 selections.
McShay's short list of possibilities includes Texas Christian outside linebacker Jerry Hughes, Clemson outside linebacker Ricky Sapp and Utah outside linebacker Koa Misi, Brigham Young tight end Dennis Pitta and Iowa cornerback Amari Spievey.
Reiss mentions Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate and North Carolina defensive tackle Cam Thomas.
Hart's candidates include USC receiver Damian Williams and Miami tight end Jimmy Graham.
But Bruschi elicited applause when he explained a position nobody else mentioned.
"A position where a lot of people and a lot of fans watching the Patriots fans have grown impatient is running back," Bruschi said. "A lot of people have seen sort of the developmental process of Laurence Maroney. It seems like it's gone on for a long time.
"I know a lot of you have been frustrated with him, and I know Laurence. He's a hard worker. He does a lot of things right. But you've got to go by what you see on the film, and he's struggled at times."
Bruschi likes what he has seen from Heisman Trophy finalist Toby Gerhart of Stanford and considers him the type of hard-charging back Bill Belichick prefers.
"He's a guy that runs hard," Bruschi said. "The way Bill likes to see running backs run is 'Get yardage. Just get what you can get and then get out. So run straight up the field.' This is what this kid is.
"You see him running through guys, straight up the field, north-south. Get the yards. Stop dancing and then here we go: second-and-2, second-and-1. That's what everybody wants."