Ok I have been thinking about this should the Bucs pick Eric Berry over MCcoy cause every time I watch a draft special Berry is the talk of it. I think the Bucs should pick berry and get a DT with their 1st second round pick what do you think PAT? Thanks love the blog
My opinion is if Suh or McCoy is there, you have to go with the DT. I think Berry is very good, but I guess I'm old school and the book says you don't take a safety that high. If they wait until second round to get a DT they might not even get a guy that's ready to start right away. That doesn't solve their DT issues. They've got to get a DT in the first. You can find good safeties later on. Heck, I say grab the local kid, Nate Allen from USF, in the second round.
Pat, would you say Mark Dominik had anything to do with the pretty bad past drafts the Bucs have had? Or was he more of a pro personnel guy?
He was on the pro side.
Pat, as a big PSU fan as I am could you see anytime taking a late round flyer Daryl Clark as a developmental QB? Ever compares him to M Robison- Clark is a much better passer and way more advanced then Robinson was in my mind, thanks,
I may be partial, but I'd take a shot on Clark. Personally, I think he throws the ball pretty well -- way better than Robinson ever did -- and has upside.
Hi Pat! I was reading this morning about the Falcons being the first (So Far) to start using MMA fighting style training to work on core conditioning and becomeing tougher and more aggresive. It seems it's tun by Jay Glazer and Randy Couture's MMAthletics. Do you know how many players are participating? I've heard Lofton was one of 12 players, and in another article it simply stated "The whole squad"..whatever was meant by that. And secondly, do you think this will really help the Falcons? It seems innovative, but I wonder at it's effectiveness overall. What say you?
Talked to someone up there this morning about this. It's not the whole squad. Mostly offensive and defensive linemen and a few others like Lofton. But I don't think Matt Ryan, etc. are involved in this. As far as effectiveness, I don't know much about MMA, but if you're gonna do it, I guess it makes sense to do it with the linemen.
What is your opinion on whether Ben will get suspended by the Commish? If he doesn't get suspended that way, will the Steelers organization do something instead? The NFCS is playing the Steelers this year and it would be nice to roll through Pittsburgh with a W, although I have no ill will against their city or team.
I think he'll face a suspension one way or the other.
So, should we expect very little from now on when it comes to free agent signings?
Yep, at least until after the draft. You might see a little flurry then. But it won't last long.
hey pat! what happens with pierre thomas and the rest of the rfa's that didnt sign their tenders?
Basically, they don't have much choice other than to play for the tender now. Jammal Brown's obviously making some noise and that could cause some movement. But I think the rest of the guys will simply sign the tenders and go about life as usual. They still may try to sign some of them to long-term deals -- mainly Jahri Evans.
What are the odds of Dan Connor starting over James Anderson?
They'll get to battle it out in camp.
As conservative as the Panthers have been this offseason, do you think they would make a move to get into the first round of the draft?
That might be tough. It's not like they've got a lot of currency to trade -- as far as draft picks.
Hey PatDo you think there still is a possibility that Tampa Bay trades up with a draft pick or player to acquire Suh before the Lions are on the clock?Or is McCoy falling to us at #3 enough to satisfy that needed position and move on to the other 10 crucial picks we have!
I think Bucs will pick at No. 3 and get McCoy and I think he'll be fine.
Do you still see DE as a need for the saints in the draft even though they signed Alex Brown?
Yes, but not a desperate need. More of a long-term need. Brown, Will Smith and Bobby McCray aren't young. They can bring in a DE and develop him for a year or two.
any chance of the panthers bringing in Ted Ginn, Marc Bulger, or Tory Holt
Ginn maybe. Holt no way. He's too old. Bulger, don't know. It's hard to figure out what they're thinking at backup QB.
Any idea if Carolina is interested in Jason Campbell? I thought they should have traded for McNabb, but maybe they didn't have a second round pick this year.
From what I've heard, Carolina has no interest in Campbell.
Hey Pat, I was watching once of the 9000000 mock drafts on espn and if Colt Mccoy drops into the 2nd round would there be a chance the Panthers might try and make a move to trade up and get him? Personally I think he would make a quicker transition to an NFL qb better than Tebow.. Your thoughts?
I'll just say I'd take McCoy before Tebow.
Do you think the Falcons will pass on Pierre-Paul (if he's there) due to the fact that he struggled academically in college and was forced to go to a much smaller school initially than he would've liked? Or do you just think we're locked in on Weatherspoon or Graham? I just don't see much promise out of these two players but I guess I haven't seen a ton of tape on them.
Here's a hypothetical: What if Graham and Weatherspoon are both gone and Pierre-Paul's still out there. Think Falcons almost would have to take him. Even though there are some questions about him, he's a phenomenal athlete with tons of upside.
Pat will the Bucs make a move for Albert?
Have the Bucs done anything else this offseason that would make you think they'd give up draft picks to get a high-priced, aging veteran with some baggage? Not happening.
With off-the-field issues becoming a bigger and bigger focus, why would teams take chances on players like Anthony Hargrove? While Hargrove has so far overcome his off-field demons and has proven himself to be a fine football player, do you think teams will start over looking such players? Especially since the mere accusation of impropriety could get you disciplined.
Hargrove was a relatively low risk when the Saints brought him in. Didn't cost them draft picks or players and the salary was relatively low. Basic theme was -- go out and show us you can play and stay out of trouble. He did and they wound up getting plenty out of him. It worked out. On the flip side, if he hadn't shown much in camp and didn't stay on the straight and narrow, they could have dumped him with no consequences.
Based on what the Bucs have done this off season do you think they will have to have at least three rookies starting out of this draft?
I would certainly hope so.
Does Hunter Cantwell make Carolina's roster this year or will we find him on the practice squad again?
I think you'll see a veteran and a rookie added to the roster before they go to camp. Cantwell's probably destined for another year on practice squad.
If Suh and McCoy are gone- Will the Bucs trade down. If they do not trade down who do they pick.
It's a lot easier to talk about trading down than it actually is to do it. Not a lot of teams are going to want to trade up.
WHERE WILL I BE COACHING IN 2011.
Don't know. You tell me.
Ginn was just traded to the 49ers
Can we get a confirmation on this?? I'm obviously locked into chat and can't look around.
How much of an improvement do you think Freeman will have as a second year player
Plenty, but I think the real key will be improving the cast around him, mainly the WRs.
How is the strength of schedule determined? Why is the Falcon's schedule harder than the Saints?
Based on opponent's records from last year. Think a lot of it has to do with Falcons facing the Saints, who were 13-3 last year, twice.
Pat, are you surprised teams didn't make any non-sincere offers to RFAs to force another team to match the offer and have a higher payroll?
Yes, somewhat. I though RFAs would be a bigger deal this year. But, obviously, owners are being cautious because of the labor uncertainty.
Ted Ginn just got traded off to the 49ers, with almost no option left other then drafting does it seem like Tampa might actually take a pair of WRs next week?
All right, several of you have said the Ginn deal is for real. Yep, I think this only increases chances of Tampa Bay and Carolina drafting WRs. In Tampa Bay's case, it very well could be multiple WRs.
Any chance the Saints trade with Chiefs for Glenn Dorsey and/or Derrick Johnson? It would fill two needs...
Haven't heard anything on that.
Do you think one of the Buc's second round picks will be a Wr...and if so who do you think will be avalible?
Yep, maybe Golden Tate. Maybe Carlton Mitchell from USF.
Do you see the Falcons making a move during the draft? Trading up to get Weatherspoon (over NY), attempting to get a 2nd round pick or picking for offensive - OL depth or TE (read article in AJC today).
Draft trades really aren't all that common. My guess is Falcons stay at No. 19 and take what's available.
Is it possible that the Saints could draft a guy like Toby Gerhart to form a long term triumverate at RB with PT and Reggie? Now that the Bell Tolls in Philly, they need another short yardage back.
I wouldn't be opposed to that.
hey! atlanta, carolina, tampa, we here in new orleans have a wide out for you! lance moore, remember him? trade us for him we're listening
I like it.
I think the reason the Saints offered a bunch of tenders is that several guys (like Hargrove, for instance) really played well, but they have not played well consistently (Evans & PTCruiser are two exceptions to that). So--their RFA tenders are basically SHOW US THE PROOF deals. Saints will pay the guys that prove they're worth it. Plain
Yep, I think it's safe to say there's some of that involved.
Give it to us straight Pat because you know I'm a straight talker who tells it like it is. Are we going to suck next year and will I be looking for work?
Honestly, I think you're going to rise up. You can coach and you do some of your best work when the heat is on.
Will deangelo Williams be resigned or traded?
Might take some time to play out. But, when all is said and done, my guess is he gets a long-term deal in Carolina.
What is your opinion on the consultant the bucs hired, Bill Rees, to evaluate the team and the draft from a 3rd party perspective? Good move?
Sure, good move. Never hurts to have an extra set of eyes and Rees has good background. Lots of teams have consultants like this, we just don't always hear about it.
I think Fox will have a winning team this year, he does his best work with average, hard working players. I always felt he struggled with big ego's like Peppers.
Pat, what's up? Another last to first this year in the South? Seems sketchy at this point.
Think that would be a stretch. But, hey, you never know.
If richardson is cutting dollars in response to the labor negotations.. Doesn't that mean he's pretty much not going to give his team the best chance to win a title, or save fox's job
Hey Pat, has Jerious Norwood signed his tender? If not, what happens or is going to happen?
Not yet, as far as I know right now. Again, it's not that big a deal that RFAs haven't signed tenders. In most cases, they don't really have much choice but to eventually sign it.
Any more word about a possible trading of Leftwich to the Steelers?
Haven't heard anything lately, but I think you could see something right before, during or right after the draft.
What can you tell us about Jerry Hughes? I've seen him as a possible draft choice for the Saints at the end of round 1.
I've seen some of that, too, and I think he's a possibility. But I'll give you a little preview of Monday's Blog Network mock draft. Hughes was gone when I made the pick for the Saints.
Pat...I just checked on the Jon Beason chat...he lists the Panthers biggest needs as DL, veteran QB, and WR...of course, we all recognize these needs...but it was reassuring to hear that someone in the organization recognizes them too...
Beason usually tells it like it is. And I agree with him.
Pat, Why are some of the Saints, not signing their tenders? Obviously Pierre Thomas is coming back, what's he waiting for?
Final time on this one: Again, it's not that big a deal. Most of the RFAs (with the possible exception of Jammal Brown) will go ahead and sign their tenders in the coming days. It's basically a formality. They don't have much choice.
Hey Pat. Abraham in 2010: 11 sacks + or - 2?
I'd go on the minus side because of his age.
Was Weatherspoon gone too?
Yep, he was. Let's just say I stuck with one of the need areas, but I felt I had to reach a bit on the player. That's your last clue. The mock comes out Monday.
Pat, what law school did you go to?
St. Thomas in Miami.
If you were in charge of the Bucs...what recievers would you target next week?
I'm telling you, I really like Carlton Mitchell out of USF. Was really impressed with him at his pro day. Good size and good character. I know some in the organization also like Jordan Shipley. I wouldn't argue with that one either.
Does the next year's draft play a role at all in decision making? For instance, will teams hold off on drafting a position in a particular round if they think there will be better depth there next year?
Yep, I think all teams do that to some degree. Mark Dominik talked yesterday about how the Bucs have looked ahead at the potential 2011 class and how that might impact some of what they do this year.
with the Beason chat frozen in time and with your chat not auto updating properly will ESPN ever get these chats right?
Sorry. I'll pass the word up to Bristol.
Pat, why didn't the Bucs make a play for Ted Ginn? Seemed like he is still young enough and would be an upgrade over many of their other choices at wideout....
Honestly, I don't have an answer fo that one. I thought Ginn made plenty of sense for Bucs.
Do you see the falcons taking a WR somewhere in the draft? I know it wont be until maybe 3rd or 4th but ive seen a lot of Mardy Gilyard and i wouldnt mind spending a 4th rounder on him
You get him in the fourth, I'm all for it.
How did the conversation go last week with a draft prospect..any tidbits for us?
Jason Pierre-Paul story ran the other day.
Hey Pat nice job man, anything new with the Darren Sharper situation?
Nope, all quiet right now. Suspect it stays that way until after draft.
Pat, I like the potential and speed Stephen Nicholas showed in 2009. I'd say his best skills are his pursuit and coverage of TE/RB. He also has the ability to get to the QB is rushing. Do you think he will continue upon an upwards trend in 2010?
Yes, I do.
Hey Pat Seeing how you know all the GMs in the NFC South who would you say is the most down to earth?
Marty Hurney -- heck, he's a former sports writer!!! But Dimitroff and Dominik aren't far off.
Does the front office know about the Carl Nicks' story? I sure hope so since that shows his character and may play a role in any future contract negotiations. TWO DAT?!
I'm sure they are. The Saints, like most teams, don't miss much.
Has anyone done less to improve their team in the offseason than me?
Think Tampa Bay fans might like to answer that one.
i heard p thomas was being traded on a local radio show. any truth to it?
Not that I've heard. I'd be shocked.
Hey Pat have you heard anything about the Saints filling the QB number two?
They've visited with a few vets. Think they'll wait until after the draft and sign a vet then.
Hi Pat! We love your column in Turkey. You think the Saints should draft OLB's that are more suited for rushing the QB or for coverage?
I say coverage.
I love the bucs but come on, can they really expect to improve that much through the draft alone? I can see raheem getting sacked after this season and goin on to have great success somewhere else. And it'll be because the Glazers just refuse to spend money on their team
Could be right. Let's see how this season goes.
Hey Pat. Are you going to NY for the Draft? If you do and you get a break, take a quick cab to 2nd Ave. and 32nd and look for "Tadaro's" - incredible Bakery/Deli.
No, I'll be doing draft from One Buc. We'll have other guys in NY and Bucs have potential to be the biggest draft movers and shakers in NFC South. But I might check out your place in NYC this summer when I go up to PA -- usually bop down to NY for a day or two.
Hey Pat, when Clausen drops to the mid 20s like Quinn and rodgers did, could you see the panthers doing a similiar trade to the one that got them Otah?
I like it, but I think it kind of goes against what Panthers are doing. If they draft Clausen, they basically have to start him ahead of Moore immediately.
Do you think the Panthers should take a DT with #48 or a WR, even if they have to reach a little for a WR at that spot. I would rather go with DT and get a WR in the 3rd.
I'm with you. Think DT is a bigger need than most people realize.
It seems like the NFC South is going to be a 2 team race between the Saints and Falcons since the Panthers and Bucs don't seem to want to spend any money.
I think that would be fair to say right now.
Have you heard anything about Stanley Arnoux and Chip Vaughn from the Saints? How much of an impact could they have this year?
Supposedly, both are coming along well. At worst, I think both can be key players on special teams. At best, they could contribute at LB and safety.
A couple of weeks ago, I was on a flight from Charlotte to Louisville and Hurney, Davidson, and Tolbert were also on the plane. Were they looking at Scott Long?
Hmm. Well, if the OC and WR coach were there, I think it's a pretty good guess they were checking out Long.
Have fun with Draft Pat. Take care man, thanks for all the work!
Thank you, Jeff and thank you all. Also, there will be a chat marathon Monday. I'll be taking a shift in there. I'll post an item on the blog when I've got all the details. Thanks again and hope you all enjoy the draft.