I got no problem with him at all. I think the problem for some people is they feel most 1st rounders should be "position" guys like QB, RB, WR, etc. This guy plays in the trenches and many feel those guys can be had later in the draft, and they can. But when you have a prospect such as Mayock claims he is I don't see why it is such a "reach" to take him anywhere in the draft. Put it this way, if this guy turns out to be the next Saturday then it will have been WELL worth the pick. At worst he is likely a mere solid player for many years.
I was happy with the decision as well. In truth, I was HOPING we could take one of the top pass rushers then address OL in round 2 but it didn't materialize. Yes, Lawson was there but I'm not sure he is top level like Kelly is at his position. They got the best prospect at his position in a position of need. Great job IMHO. Only time will tell if it was the right decision.
Not too worried about it. Even if he comes back and has a mediocre season he will likely climb this list due to potential. He will be higher next season, and if he has a season like 2014, he will be top 10 again. He already is on MY list. And remember, this is partly a popularity contest with voting being done by the players only.
NE keep only 2nd (2) and 3rd (2) rounders from 2013 draft. And Dobson will not last long. So NE do not have better luck with 4-7th rounders.
As for 2014 draft, NE had 9 selections (5 in first 4 rounds) and keep 1 2nd rounder and 3 4th rounders. None of them contribute the way Mewhort and Moncrief can. 1st round pick is no longer with the NE. Colts had only 5 picks, and only 2 in first 4 rounds (2nd, 3rd rounds).
Definitely, my grandfather lived in Baltimore for a while and grew up watching him. He still pulled for Indy but always referred to them as Baltimore. I wasn't allowed to say the name Irsay in my house. The game sure has changed. I wish I could go back in time when players didn't get flagged for breathing on a player and defenses were actually feared by offenses.