Hindsight is always 20/20. But in the case of this year’s NFL draft, the New England Patriots used foresight with their No. 42 overall selection by selecting Rob Gronkowski instead of Sergio Kindle.
Enough foresight to take a small chance— but at the same time, not risk it all.
So that’s what they did by selecting Gronkowski, a tight-end out of the University of Arizona. It didn’t matter if the teams serious needs were at outside linebacker or the pass-rush. It was the Patriots braintrust that used foresight on Grownkowski, even though he missed the entire 2009 season with a back injury. New England allowed their brains, instead of their needs, listen to scouts who believed the former Arizona Wildcat would regain his first-team All-Pac-10 abilities in the NFL.
Ignorance is bliss. And in this case, bliss came in the frame of a 6-foot-6 and 265 pound offensive machine.
So, New England drafted him, instead of Kindle, who was taken one pick later by the Baltimore Ravens.
Kindle was the appealing first round talent at the defensive end/outside linebacker position. But his oft-injured knee and off-the-field incidents scared off many teams, including the Patriots. Luckily for Bill Belichick’s bunch, their foresight paid off as Kindle will likely miss the entire 2010 season.
The former University of Texas linebacker fractured his skull while falling down two flights of stairs in July. Although the Ravens were optimistic that Kindle could return sometime this season, his recovery hasn’t gone as planned, putting any thoughts of football on hold.
While Kindle’s stuck in a holding pattern, the Ravens will be fine without him. However, the same kind of blow would have been devastating to the Patriots psyche and pass-rush this fall. But, with Belichick using his instincts this spring during the draft, the Patriots now have the luxury of a dynamic tight-end on offense rather than a injured linebacker on the bench. As well as a healthy Jermaine Cunningham waiting in the wings.
With this, we can appreciate that foresight isn’t always 20/20, so in Bill We Trust.