Originally Posted by thunderkyss
I'm just thinking out loud.
Like I've said before, I don't watch college football enough to have my own opinions about these players. So I wanted to get input from you guys who do.
How did you compare Harmon to Duke Williams (105, Bills), Shamarko Thomas (111, Steelers), & Phillip Thomas (119, Redskins)
Were you shocked the Patriots took him?
See, I'm thinking the Patriots have their own scouts, people who evaluate college players. Their scouts study these kids, vette them, interview them... but as always, the media wants to say "they got it wrong" & I'd bet looking at Mayock, Kipper, & whoever, most people would think the same.
So you had Hawthorne in the 5th, was that because you thought there were two rounds of players (64ish) better? Or did you think there were other players that fit other team needs better?
Looking back, how do you explain the Patriots taking him in the third? Or do you forget about the last draft & not try to "understand" it?
There are a lot if different reasons for a guy being taken above others. We don't even have to look at the patriots. Look at dre hop in the first for us. There were several wr's still on board when we picked that had draft grades worthy of our pick.
We can't know for sure why we chose Hopkins. We liked him more. They may have felt he was safer, most ready, able to contribute right away...or they could have felt that he was just going to be a better player than the guys we could have taken. Maybe they felt like he fit our scheme the best.
And it might not all be based on what we think of our guy. They might see something in the guys we didn't take that completely put them off.
There are other factors as well like friends vouching for guys or having a connection to the player in some way.
I'm really stating the obvious though. It's impossible to pin down exactly why sometimes. And we won't know who is right or wrong until it all plays out.