I think we can all agree that the Patriots need a suitable strong safety that has good cover skills. Mel Kiper has released his list of the top five college safeties and number two on his list is someone that I wrote about a couple weeks ago right here.
With McCourty bringing stability to the free safety spot, a spot he’s much better suited for, the Patriots can now focus on trying to get a good strong safety prospect in this upcoming draft. Mel Kiper has listed his top five prospects and they are as follows: Texas' Kenny Vaccaro, Florida's Matt Elam, Oklahoma's Tony Jefferson, LSU's Eric Reid and Fresno State's Phillip Thomas. Personally, I am fond of Matt Elam because I watched him play some and he has an attitude that the Patriots defense lacks without Talib in there. Another reason I like Elam is because it’s the more likely of the top two you will get seeing as how Kenny Vaccaro will most likely be snatched before the Patriots ever have a chance sitting there with the 28th pick.
There has been a lot of talk about Ed Reed possibly becoming a New England Patriot; I see this as very unlikely. However, if it were to happen Reed is not a long term solution because he’s not young anymore and the mileage has started to pile up. I say, if you can, grab them both and here’s why; 1. With Reed you will have a defense that is instantly better and able to compete for a championship within the time frame you have left with Tom Brady. 2. With proper teaching from Reed, Elam could gain priceless knowledge from a veteran that’s seen it all. All the while you are setting yourself up for prolonged success drafting someone young and talented. Also while he’s learning, Elam will be making a rookies salary; win-win.
|Florida's Matt Elam|