Re: Draft in Perspective
posted at 5/12/2014 10:38 PM EDT
In response to Muzwell's comment:
In response to garytx's comment:
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 feel the same with the exception of many mistakes. Plus it adds depth. I mean we're talking about replacing Wendell here.
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.
Ninkovich and Jones pretty much played the whole year. Where's the backups there? The Pats picked up Smith. A very nice addition I might add. Then for DT Wilfork and Kelly went out and boy were the Pats in trouble after that. Chris Jones was a find but that was it. Yeah, we got a lot of players there but the Pats can ditch most of them.
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.
Arthur Lynce was one that would have been very serviceable. I wanted to see at least one TE out of this draft. Effective as a receiver when used. He could have been used the same way. Especially when folks are keyed on Gronk.
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.
We agree here pretty much word for word. Angst over the pick but…..