First off, this isn't another "In Bill We Trust" post. That idea is a logical fallacy. The draft is a spin of the roulette wheel at best, and everyone makes mistakes.
But it is a "calm down" post, because this is the worst reaction to a draft in a while. People here were positively stoked in 2006 with all of the flashy picks, none of them "reaches," and it turned out to be Bill's single worst draft, possibly only topped by 2007. I get it, people want sexy picks. Moreover, it's part of the cult of draftology to get your heart set on "your guy" and then get let down. You write a player off because of a "flag" (short arms, injury, 40 speed, etc) and in your mind, where you imagined him going, well, that is where he belongs.
I understand BB is known for reaching at least once in a draft, and he is know for doing so with mixed results. Tavon Wilson could have been had later, sure. Wheatley, Harmon, and a few others, were head scratchers. But none of the players taken yesterday were reaches.
#1) Easley is a great selection. I understand BB has taken some injury prone players that were reaches. Easley is not. Tuitt, Hageman, et al, they all became deep 2nd rounders, and we can guess with some fair certainty that Easley would have been gone with the very next selection if NE took someone else. A player of Easley's skill, ability, and pedigree is a first rounder. Repeat that. Even with an injury to his knees, that is what it costs to get premium interior pass rush in the draft. If he doesn't have a knee thing, NE wouldn't have had a chance at getting him: he'd have been gone in the top 5-10 selections.
The rule of thumb is this: pass rushers with extremely high upside are something you pay a premium for. All off-season, and even last season, myself and many (most) others took it as a given NE needed to upgrade the defensive interior. They did that. You take a selection at a point assuming (with all factors in play) a certain amount of risk with any player. Tuitt, Hageman, et al, were NOT as talented as Easley. So you factor in Easley's injury the same way you factor in their lack of promise relative to Easley. All things factored, Easley is a first rounder, worth the risk perhaps up to 20, because of his rare ability to move through the interior of the line rather than merely clogging it the way NE's best have done at their best since Seymour left.
NE addressed a need with a high selection. No one can tell right now who is going to be great and who will fall flat on their face. But I do believe NE has a far greater chance of netting an interior force with the Easley selection than they would have had reaching (yes reaching) at Tuitt, or Hageman, or Jernigan, or Ferguson, all of whom were selected in the second or deep second. None of them are as good a prospect as Easley.
And if your complaint is that he isn't Clowney, then you should be openly rooting for New England to tank this season, because that is the only way they could sniff a prospect like Easley if he had a completely clean bill of health.
#2) As far as the Garoppolo selection, I like that too. If NE was going to draft a QB they needed to do it THIS draft. I posted this about a dozen times. I even went as far as to say I'd be comfortable with them going as high as the second round. If draft scouts are correct, Garropolo was projected as high as the low first, and as low as the low second, so NE got him on a bit of a slide.
Second, I don't care about the school he came from. People need to understand that drafting QBs is not like drafting other positions. How are Colt McCoy, Christian Ponder, Cam Newton, etcetera looking? Sam Bradford? Jimmy Clausen? This list could go on and on. But Nick Foles looks as good as anyone in his draft.
Kapaernick is from Nevada. Roethlisburger is from Miami (of Ohio!). Rivers is from NC State. Flacco is from Delaware. The school is practically irrelevant. E. Illinois produced Tony Romo, who is a darn sight better than almost all of the big school QBs drafted between his draft day and now.
People are incredibly spoiled by Tom Brady. No one here remembers what it was like watching High Millen play QB here, and solid QBs don't grow on trees. They also don't necessarily grow on SEC/Pac12/Big10 teams only. I wanted NE to take a QB. I like Garoppolo. I don't want New England to be the kid without a chair when Tom Brady's music stops.
#3) The 93rd selection is not really any better than the 105th selection. It's all mush down there. NE got a sixth rounder. No one NE will miss has left the board in between the two selections.