Re: Draft in Perspective
posted at 5/12/2014 8:29 PM EDT
In response to garytx's comment:
I disagree. It depends on what position. Matt Light started as a 3rd rounder. If it's not a skill type position a rookie can start and do well. Interior lineman, blocking TEs and backup types and it was exactly what this team needed. I'm not expecting an all pro out of these guys nor do expect a ball skill position player to start off well like the WR corp of last year.
TE - You're not going to find another Gronk. Fiedorowicz or Lynce would had been a nice addition.
DE - Need to add to the rotation. I must admit Zach Moore to be very interesting but Kony Ealy would be in my crosshairs.
DT - My only concern here is the knees. No question on Easley's talent. After the Dowling pick I would not want to be bitten again.
LB - Needed to add on here.
OL - The 4th round was the right round to get your interior lineman. Outside of some injury issues I really don't have much of a complaint here.
They drafted three interior o-linemen and I expect at least one of them to start, probably Stork. Doesn't mean he'll be great, he'll probably be lost at times and will make a lot of mistakes. The OL is actually a very difficult position for a rookie, that's why they tend to pick smarter guys rather than flat out mauler types. Solder and Vollmer played quite a bit as rookies, too. Not entirely great, but they got their feet wet. There are always exceptions, like Light, but OL is not easy to learn for a rookie at all.
I'm not really seeing the need at DL, they have literally 12 guys between DT and DE competing for what, 8 spots, maybe 9? I'm not even counting marginal guys like Moore or Bequette or any UDFAs. They'll be cutting some good players. Ealy might be fine, but it's not a major need.
TE is possibly the one position they could have grabbed someone, but by the time their pick came around in the second, the only decent one left was Fiederowicz (sp?) and they apparently didn't think that highly of him to take him in that round and he went in the third before they picked. He would have been a blocker this year, they can find a blocker TE, maybe one of the UDFAs they signed. Keller and possibly Duncan fill the move roles, who knows what the Jones kid will do? But he sure has size and strength to be a blocker.
I get the angst over the QB pick, but I'll say again that if the kid is a good player, they'll be happy they got him. If he isn't, then it's a mistake. Time will tell. I've brought this up elsewhere, but Bill Walsh used a second and a fourth to get Steve Young when Montana was 31. Brady will be 37. I'm sure the Niners had needs then, that they could have filled with those picks. Sometimes you have to think long term. Most guys aren't as secure as Walsh or BB, so they don't operate that way. They deal with not having a QB and they flounder and then get fired. Rinse and repeat.