Patriots select OG Cole Strange

brendan f

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There were two major things going against Strange at once:
One is the camp that says it's never okay to draft a guard in the first round (e.g. Lazar).
The other is the camp that says the actual player was an overdraft, position notwithstanding.
The confluence of these forces created a seismic media backlash. If, for example, Zion Johnson had fallen to us, there would have been basically zero pushback (did anyone criticize the Chargers for this pick?), though perhaps some small groans. (Interesting sidenote is the number of pundits convinced he's the guy we wanted, and settled for Strange which is almost certainly not the case).

I don't think the Pats had intel on a particular team that would have drafted Strange. I think they just thought he was really good, really stood out in the Senior Bowl and it was likely someone would snatch him up soon. Just my guess.

Overlooked in all of this is the trade they made with KC, in which they got good value and were able to acquire more picks. We'll see how it all works out.
 

Eddie Jurak

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The stupidest criticsm of the Strange pick I have seen going around is this: the Pats never won a SB with Mankins or Hannah (the greatest guard ever) so taking a guard in the first round is by definition a mistake.

Bedard (whom I usually like) and a couple of others have made this point. It's the sort of argument I would normally expect from a small burrowing vegetarian rodent-like mammal.

Wes Welker could not hold on to a tough (but more than catchable) ball, while David Tyree made an impossible catch, so a guard should never be drafted in round 1. That certainly makes a shit ton of sense./s
 

Smiling Joe Hesketh

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Too many people forget that the goal of the draft is to get good players. It’s not to her high marks on pundits’ report cards, or to get “value,” or to conform to someone’s ideal draft strategy.
 

DJnVa

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Cole Strange had hilarious draft night phone call with Bill Belichick after Patriots picked him: ‘Is this a prank?’

“(Cole) said, ‘Sir, I don’t mean to be disrespectful at all, but I’ve gotta know because I’ve got some crazy friends. Is this a prank?’ The guy said, ‘Hold on just a second.’ And then Bill Belichick got on the phone and of course, unless you’ve been under a rock for the last 20 years, you know Bill Belichick’s voice.

“As soon as I heard Bill Belichick’s voice, Cole and I both started screaming and hugging and acting crazy. Probably saying a bunch of inappropriate stuff. We were so excited. To his credit, you’ve gotta love the guy, Belichick is sitting there and when we got through, the first break he had, he said, ‘Hey Cole, you’ve gotta act like you’ve been there, man.’ It was classic to us. We absolutely loved it.”