Going into this draft we knew it was going to be the first one without Parcells being in charge and we knew the regime was probably on a short leash. I was worried that the result would be a draft that reeked of desperation. The easy thing would have been to over pay for a QB to appease the fan base and the owner. That would have also probably bought the the regime more time because they would have the excuse of a young, developing QB. As long as the QB showed promise any number of losses could be excused. But in the long run that would most likely have set the franchise back and not solved any problems. This draft was the opposite of desperation. They didn't over pay to move up and take a QB that would be a second rounder most years and they didn't reach for the QB the fan base had fallen in love with. (There's really no other description for taking a QB in the first that seemingly every team had a third round grade or worse on). Instead they stuck to their draft board and took players that could contribute now but more importantly built a foundation for the future. This has been my favorite draft of this regime's in that they took good/potentially great players that filled needs while also getting a few players that could potentially be play makers. Pouncy: I see him as a more athletic, but less powerful version of his brother. He isn't as able to muscle NTs/DTs at the line, but I do think he can develop more strength. I don't think his strength is poor mind you. I just think he has a tendency to stop his feet when engaged. I also think he is just as consistent as a snapper as his brother was. The difference was that Tebow's athleticism covered up the bad snaps while Brantley made even decent snaps look bad. The area where Mike Pouncey excels is on the second level. Last year we simply lacked athleticism on the interior line. He addresses that at either C or G. IMO a good pivot is vital for a good line and I see Pouncey as equal or better than his brother at the next level. That's a fairly high upside as his brother made the pro bowl as a rookie. At worst I see him being a very good or even elite G. I would prefer to get my guards with lower picks, but that's not a bad downside. Thomas: They traded up to get Thomas and the way the draft broke it would seem that they were spot on with their intel on the rest of the league. The big backs taken after DT were clearly lower rated prospects. Many of the experts had DT as the third best back behind Ingram and either Williams or Leshoure. I had DT as the third back behind Ingram and Williams, although I also liked Kendall Hunter quite a bit. Boomer described DT as a a more decisive Ronnie Brown. I agree that he's more decisive, but he still shows good vision and patience. I think he just shows a bit more burst to the hole than RB. DT is a strong inside runner with quick feet and good balance. I had said earlier that he was only pedestrian as a receiver, but looking at the videos many have provided, I think I was selling him short. I would now characterize his receiving abilities as a strength. His other main strength is his durability. His weakness is as an outside runner. I think his speed (or lack of) limits his ability to get around the edge. He also struggles as a blocker. I see him as a key piece for the offense they want to be. Last year they abandoned the run and didn't use their backs as receivers often enough. DT seems well suited to fill Peyton Hillis role for Daboll. Gates: Gates adds the speed element that this offense desperately needs to balance a back like Thomas. Most compare him to Mike Wallace as he has excellent speed, but is very raw. I like his hands and I think he catches well in traffic or after contact. I've seen that part of his game criticized, but I don't agree. Where I expect him to struggle is getting off the press and I see his route running as needing a lot of work. But I do think he can contribute immediately in a Ginn like role where he keeps the safeties back and provides some excitement as a returner. If he can show more consistent and instinctive hands than Ginn did then he can have a big impact on this offense. I wanted them to take DJ Williams here as I saw a move TE as more of a need, but I can't argue that Gate's speed on the offense and his return ability wasn't a great need. Clay:Here is the move TE I wanted. I was hoping for Virgil Green here, but apparently he had some medical issues show up that took him off the board for many teams. The book on him is that he's a jack of all trades and a master of none. That adds versatility to what has been an incredibly predictable offense. He shows good hands, adequate speed and nice quickness. His blocking is poor, but I've always believed that blocking can be taught. I would have liked more upside as a receiver, but at this point in the draft he was clearly among the best move TEs left. The key for him (and Miami) will be his ability to be a mis-match as a receiver. If he can do that then he'll have a huge impact on Miami's offense. Kearse: At this point in the draft you're looking at guys who probably won't make the team except on STs. Kearse is an athletic DT who seems to lack power. I expect he'll be one of those guys they'll try in different spots along the line depending on the package, but unless he shows something unexpected, will only make the team if he can contribute on STs. Wilson: He has an interesting background due to a first degree murder charge that he was acquitted of. The upshot was that he lost a couple years in jail while that was sorted out. His reputation is as a hard hitting safety, but again the key to his sticking will be his showing on STs. Overall, I'm very happy with this draft. I see a logical process and sound evaluation. I would have loved to get a QB, but when there isn't much available then you do more damage by reaching for a player that isn't worth it. I expect that they'll bring in a vet to compete with Henne along with a speed back like Sproles. I think that with better play calling, those pieces are easily enough to get us back to double digit wins. I think they envision an offense similar to 2008 where Grove provided a strong pivot and Brown/Williams provided consistent running. Ginn provided a deep threat and the offense had some nice balance. When you have that, you create the best situation for a QB and you can easily win a ton of games and make the playoffs. You can see how close the Jets have been while getting no better QB play than we have from Henne.