The tears coming out of NE have risen sea levels by about a foot. Guys, calm down. Easley in the 1st was not a bad pick and addresses a huge need. No, he would not have made it to the end of the 2nd, let alone the third. Garoppolo in the second while not addressing immediate need, was not a bad pick and addressed long term need. He was the best QB left and has franchise QB potential, especially if he can get a couple years as Brady's understudy.
And for those of you thinking well we need a couple key pieces to help get us over the hump, remember this, 20% of our teams salary cap was on IR last year. You read that right, 20%. We have a whole lot of absolute studs returning this year. Mayo, Wilfork, Kelly, Vollmer, Gronk.
We made it all the way to the AFC Championship game last year without them. The combination of no interior pass rush, and the loss of Talib and a complete restructure of our secondary at that point killed us. Manning could pick us apart at will. You put those players back on the field and then add Revis and Browner on the field and is there anyone here that doesn't think that would have drastically improved our odds in that game?
You want 1st rounders and elite talent to come charging through our door to help get us back to the SB? Well, you got it. Maybe not in the form you were wishing for looking forward to the draft for months now, but that help is still coming. I for one couldn't be looking forward to this year any more than I am. Honestly all we need is to get Dustin Keller in here and I think we are good to go. This draft is just added gravy.