Brandon Spikes has elite size for the position and does a great job of delivering an absolutely devastating punch on contact. He knows how to fill run lanes and stack at the point of attack. He’s a powerful wrap-up tackler who gets to the football in a hurry and consistently gets his man to the ground. Spikes is a team leader in every sense of the word. He’s a motivated defender who plays every snap until the whistle, and he’s a guy whose teammates seem to rally around him. He does a nice job reading his run/pass keys quickly and gets a good jump on the ball. Spikes showcases fluidity in his drop and knows how to read the quarterback’s eyes and then to jump pass routes. At times, he has a tendency to freelance, and he will take himself out of plays at the line of scrimmage. But he does a good job rushing the passer from the outside and will line up as a nickel rusher on third down. He has a good first step but is still learning how to use his hands.
Jermaine Cunningham is a natural bender who, off of the snap, showcases a good initial burst and the explosive ability to threaten the corner. He exhibits good balance and body control when flattening out around the corner and uses his hands well to disengage from blocks on the outside. Cunningham is very violent with his hands and arms and showcases good suddenness when asked to change directions on his up-and-under move. He isn’t overly powerful at the point of attack, but he can sit into his stance, extend his arms and be relatively stout when the opposition runs at him. He’s easily sealed on runs away from him, but works hard in pursuit and exhibits good closing speed toward the ball.
Jarvis Green reflects on his time with the Patriots. Great interview! Jarvis certainly got it done over the years but was sadly miscast in Richard Seymour’s role in 2009.
McCourty #32, Gronkowski #87, Spikes #55, Mesko #6
Welker and Brady on the sideline of the UCLA spring game. Two things of note: Welker is upright and Brady STILL hasn’t gotten a haircut.
I’m going to admit that I am huge geek for how football players put together their “look”. There are three categories I like to look at 1) Number 2)Facemask/Helmet 3)Overall.
After the draft my favorite day (coming this Friday) is getting the first glimpse of the new guys in the uniforms. I think you can tell a lot about a player just from their “look” and pretty much project exactly what kind of career they will have, unless it’s Chad Jackson who’s look had him in the Hall of Fame.
With numbers to be announced in the next day or so we’re taking a crack at matching the top rookies with numbers that we like for them.
Not too many options for a cornerback right now, but of course some real estate should open up once the axe begins to fall on those who haven’t been hacking it. We’re gonna start McCourty off with 26, but project a move by opening day to: 22. Sorry Wheatley, but if you can’t beat out Wilhite you’re probably getting cut.
Definitely the easiest projection to make since he was 48 in college and 84 is available. Mark it down for Gronk: 84.
Hmm, this one seems pretty easy and I am excited to see a Patriot named “Cunningham” again. This is a good opportunity to get a bad taste out of your mouth: 96.
Something tells me Jerod Mayo isn’t giving up 51 for Spikes. It’s still too soon to give out 54 with respect to Tedy. That doesn’t leave too many options, but there’s one that I think would fit nicely: 55.
Not a lot of options at the moment for Hernandez though 80 and 85 could open up. For now he’ll need to stick with something that’s not really that exciting to me: 87. And that’s assuming Tory Holt doesn’t take it. Otherwise I think Hernandez will be doubling up with someone.
This is a good example of the perfect number being available for a fast, tough receiver like Price. Mark him down as a permanent 17. Though I really wouldn’t be opposed to seeing him with 80, with all due respect to Troy.
Punters don’t usually have a lot of choices to make them look good, I think 2 is probably what Zoltan will end up with. But personally I think a far better choice would be: 7.
We’ll hold off on the rest of the draft picks because they’ll all probably be doubled up anyways, and it’s really impossible for a lineman to have an elite look unless you’re Sebastian Vollmer.
On Friday we’ll have a full breakdown of all the rookie looks with analysis and grades.