Re: The proof of interest in Wilson, and reason to CHILL OUT
posted at 4/29/2012 3:27 AM EDT
" Again...it's about getting value for the picks. I don't have a problem with the Pats drafting Wilson. I have a problem with them using the 48th overall selection to do so. If they traded down from #48 as they should, they likely could have taken another higher rated prospect, and gotten Wilson with a later pick."
Pat I'm surprised you're not happier with this draft, a lot of bellyaching from you and a few others here.
Last year's draft was WAY more frustrating because we all knew that defensive philosophies in the NFL are changing with the rules and BB seeemd to be in denial. Now he's clearly adjusting his defensive philosophy and has said as much in the last 24 hours. That's all I really wanted was to see him acknowledging that the defensive approaches in the NFL have shifted and to draft/get personnel accordingly. Taken as a whole, this draft does address that.
As for which players will work out and which won't, BB has a mixed record there but there aren't many in the NFL who are better, maybe a few. Everyone is hit or miss, especially after round one.
"and gotten Wilson with a later pick.""
And that's the part I object to the most. You might have a different view of the draft than BB but you (and others) who assume that Wilson would have been around later are on very shaky ground. You just don't know that. It's fair to assume with BB's contacts in the league he knew more about who was after this guy than you.
Now, if you want to argue that BB should have drafted in the second round based on talent rather than need, you're on firmer ground. BB may have felt Wilson was more talented but I think it's fair to say he was drafting on need there. That's a fair criticism from you but it reflects a different drafting philosophy at that point and if BB wants to draft based on need he can make that argument as well.
" I really hope I'm dead wrong about Wilson."
Again, I object to this - who really knows from pick to pick who is going to work out and who isn't? Kiper sure doesn't even though you seem to think more highly of him that BB.
The only thing to wonder here is whether you are wrong about other teams wanting to draft him as well as the Pats. And the fact is the full truth on that will never come out, other than some documented surge in interest that has been reported.
If Wilson doesn't work out as a player, it still won't prove that other teams weren't ready to take a chance on him also.
Look, we get it, you're angry the Pats lost the Super Bowl and you're angry that BB doesn't draft the way you want him to.
But drafts take three years to play out, that's that.
Could have been a good draft, could have been a bad one. But what we do know is that BB is more focused on creating a speed, pass rush, pass oriented defense and that should be seen as good news, if not by you, than by most fans of this team who are willing to think through this stuff.