Re: ***You have the 1st overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft...***
posted at 5/2/2013 4:40 PM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to Muzwell's comment:
I don't think you take a DE (or any defensive player) #1 under almost any circumstances. It's just not smart. No matter how good he is, he has a limited impact on a team's success. If you trade down and take him at 3 or 5, fine, more power to you. But #1 is a QB or an LT, maybe (big maybe) a Calvin Johnson type WR and that's about it these days.
Not sure I'd agree with that. Watt is a player that can take over a game unless you use considerable resources to take care of him or have a top 5 OL. But, then again if you have a top 5 DL you can neutralize most top end QB's too. So, if he a Watt type of player I'd be willing to take a DL first
I wouldn't but I guess you can make the case. If there is a franchise QB or two coming out and you have the number one pick, you either pick one of them if you need him, or you trade down if you don't. It's an enormously valuable resource that you have to exploit. No defensive player, including Watt, is going to impact a team for 10 to 15 years like an Andrew Luck.
Now if it's a year like this one where the QBs were lousy, then I could see it. All things being equal though, you take an LT over a DL because their shelf life is longer, they protect your MVP (generally speaking, the QB is most team's MVP) and let's face it, offense rules these days.
Just look at history. Since 1990 there have been 5 defensive players taken 1st overall and none of them was an impactful player, with the possible exception of Mario Williams who many would argue is overrated.