In response to TrueChamp's comment:
I disagree with your last paragraph about the 10 draft class not looking good. We got 5 big time contributors in Dmc, gronk, hern and spikes and mesko. They all played an integral role on 3 playoff appearances and 3 of them in 3 afc championship appearances in a row. Even if all 4 of them are off the roster next year, we utilized them for an amazing run?
bviously the Hern situation and Gronk situation hurt as they were signed to big extensions, but anybody trying to say that was a bad move is lying, unless they were looking in their crystal balls. If you told me a 2nd and 4rth round pick would only play 3.5 years and 3 years but catch 60 touch downs in that time I would say....sign me up! After all the average career in the NFL is 3.5 years is it not?
Getting a team captain and leader of the defense( who imo will be priority number 1 this off season) and the best TE in the game makes any draft a huge win alone.
And 6 of those 12 picks came in the last 3 rounds btw. Its a 53 man roster eng. 75% of our draft picks are going to be gone in a few years, not because they all suck, but because we win, and only have so many roster spots.
To some degree you have to keep the class you drafted or you're always going to be rebuilding that's the issue. Where they were drafted you can say all but Gronk and Hern (punters should be able to come out and start right away), took a couple years to fit into the roles they are now. Spikes was good but didn't become one of the elite run stopping LB's until late his 2nd year into his early 3rd year. 4yrs of a player with 2-3yrs of good production then moving on to the next team isn't holding on to your talent you want to build around so no matter how you look at it, unless they leave because of injury they weren't a fit for the team and that pick might have been better for a player that will stay longer than 4 yrs.
As for Gronk, I'd do that deal everyday. No crystal ball it was the right move. Hern, we all thought was a bit high but we saw potential he could be worth that amount too. The one issue I have is now that we know all the details of his past (something we didn't know before), I wouldn't have given him that much for that long. That is one contract I would have held out on simply because of the details of the past that the org knew about. Know yes no way to know he was going to kill someone but you can't read about the issues in Florida, that he couldn't get away from his old life and still, the issues early on in the locker room, and still feel good about the contract. BB rolled the dice on a kid with a bad history that sold him snake oil on getting away from it. To me that's the one time BB should have gone to the end of the rook contract because of his past and unfortunately this time it bite him.
I understand 6 can in the last 3 rounds but 5 came in the first 3 too. Aren't you and others always touting how BB finds talent in the back of the rounds and in UDFA? So Why didn't he this time with 6 picks find 1 player? And why with 5 picks did none of them stick? It reminds me of the 09' draft. I'd take McCourty over anyone in that draft, same with Gronk but so much was made of how great that draft was and all we have left is Edelman who flashed this year and might not be back and Vollmer who is having issues staying on the field for whatever reason. It stinks but part of how you judge a draft also has to come from how many you retain. If you pick 12 and only 2 stay for longer than 4 yrs can you call it a successful draft in the end? I wouldn't call it horrible because we did get some good play from them I'd put it almost neutral. Nether good nor all that bad, but you do need to keep more than 2 of 12 in the end.