To start with, it is important to mention that whether you regularly visit this page for thrilling football updates or you are one my active twitter followers, you are on the right track! For that reason, my sincerest gratitude goes to you, especially if you are a member of both categories. For a second time, if both categories describe you, then I should jog your mind about my earnest expressions regarding the frustration of many die-hard football fans following the 2018 NFL Draft
. Once in a while do the New England Patriots
infuriate me in the course of the draft. However, this year was an exception because my utmost pleasure and fulfillment of my hopes would be the selection of a decent and capable QB who could open his heart and mind to some effective grooming into a starting QB in the NFL.
In contrast, head coach Bill Belichick decided to select running back Sony Michel from Georgia, and to be honest, I think my anger has diminished after two months. This is because I believe my excitement for Michel stems from the prediction that his rookie year will exude a lot of entertainment in the league. Bill Belichick’s selection of the RB in the 2018 NFL Draft
was so calculated and that is why he seized him as a first round pick, a rare occurrence from the head coach.
In retrospect, Belichick once drafted a RB in the 2018 draft’s first round and the lucky candidate was the No. 39 Laurence Maroney. Even though some people may have even forgotten the already retired 33-year-old, it is worth mentioning that he played exceptionally well in the opening NFL seasons. In 2006, which was his rookie season, Maroney recorded 745 total yards, and 90 more yards a year later in 2007. Remember, in 2007, the Patriots won all their games to record a 16-0 season.
Belichick’s drafting of both Laurence Maroney and Sony Michel exude some uncommonness for the Patriots. Generally, the coach predictably selects his RB as soon as other teams have he picks up his running backs after contracts with their respective teams have expired or he prefers picking a suitable one during the draft’s dying stages. In addition, he sometimes goes an extra mile to draft the overlooked and undrafted running backs. Some common names that fit this description for Belichicks preferences over the years include BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Corey Dillon, Dion Lewis, LeGarrette Blount etc.
According to the above scenario, Michel’s drafting is an interesting one in a deeper perspective. It comes down to the fact that Belichick’s liking towards the RB is so intense that he expressed it using a first round draft pick. To get an overview of his achievements at Georgia, Michel must have wooed Belichick with the accumulative 16 TDs, 1,227 yards on 156 carries, as well as his swift moves that can shake off any opponent.
The Rose Ball in 2017 between the Bulldogs and the Oklahoma was Michel’s overall best performance. The RB made 3 TDs and rushed for 181 yards. During double-overtime, he managed to outwit their opponents with a 27-yard dash to score the game-winning touchdown as the game ended 54-48. Today, and even until the onset of the 2018 season, you can religiously watch that clip repeatedly. As you do that, you can preview the upcoming season with an imagination of Sony Michel in a Patriots jersey sprinting for the touchdown.
OL Isaiah Wynn
Round 1, Pick 23: Georgia
RB Sony Michel
Round 1, Pick 31: Georgia
CB Duke Dawson
Round 2, Pick 24: Florida
LB Ja'Whaun Bentley
Round 5, Pick 6: Purdue
LB Christian Sam
Round 6, Pick 4: Arizona St.
WR Braxton Berrios
Round 6: Miami
QB Danny Etling
Round 7, Pick 1: LSU
CB Keion Crossen
Round 7, Pick 25: W. Carolina
TE Ryan Izzo
Round 7, Pick 32: Florida St.