Re: Lewis released
posted at 9/8/2009 9:39 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Lewis released
two wasted 5th round picks. but at least bill has the b@lls to admit his mistakes. nunn is better, same with edelman.
Posted by artielang
On the surface it looks like wasted picks. I hear your complaint. But look at the flipside.
If they had a crystal ball, looking back, I could see your argument, but nobody does. They were thin at WR and TE. They evaluated the landscape at that time and surmised that the acquired player is more valuable than anyone they could get with the draft pick.
As a result, they created quality competititon for the camps. They then evaluated everyone evenly. It's obvious that a couple of these guys probably graded evenly with Lewis and Smith. As such, the younger guys are cheaper, probably can play more special teams and, the most important because of their youth, have more upside to improve. If they all grade out even, who would you take?
Parcells years ago, while with the Giants, once cut the Giants equivalent at that time to Troy Brown, (I think it was Lionel Manuel, not sure though), even though he was clearly one of their top 4 receivers even at his advanced age. He reasoned that, even though the guy could still play, it would slow the development of younger guys, which you have to be doing constantly. That being said, if the guy is your 4th receiver. He's not going to play much. It makes sense to develop a younger potential replacement while you can.
This how you have to look at this, not from a "one dimensional" lost a draft pick perspective. Have a good day.