Originally posted by TXNinerFan52:
What I don't I don't get is why people on this board want to draft a running back in the 1st round to SPLIT time with Gore. We have other major needs like OT, OG, FS, and CB. If we used our two 1st round pick on players to fill two of these positions OT, OG, FS or CB we would expect these two players to play full time.
Are we really better off drafting Spiller which RB is not a position of need than drafting for need. I know I know we should draft the best player available. We should draft the best player available within reason. No way in hell would we draft a player that plays Willis position I don't care if he was the best player available.
My last point is we drafted Coffee in the 3rd round last year to give Gore a break. Now most of the fans want to draft another running back in the 1st round.
I personally see Tackle as our biggest need, however its very likely the best Tackles will be long gone before we pick. And in that case I don't think we should reach and even still that only accounts for one of the two picks.
Guard is not a huge need we have both of our starters from last year returning and with Snyder back on the bench we would have our top backup as well.
At corner where we have Clements coming back to start alongside Spencer, with Brown at nickle a rookie might not be able to see the field very much so that's not a huge need either. We want to get younger at the position, but if the guy is not gonna be expected to see the field right away why spend a first rounder then?
Free Saftey is definitely not a need, Goldson is the starter there and should be there for a very long time to come. Also Reggie Smith and Curtis Taylor are young players who we have been developing at that position. You might of meant Strong Safety and while finding a replacement for Michael Lewis should be on the to do list it is not a pressing need, especially with the aforementioned safeties on the roster whom we should hope would be able to step in if needed.
(Our safety positions have often been said to be interchangeable, as mentioned by Goldson himself.)
All of which brings us back to Spiller. In my opinion, he fills a much bigger than need for this team with his ability in the return game. By statistical ranking he is one of the, if not THE best return man in NCAA Division 1 history, we had the worst return game in the league last season, and that was definitely a contributing factor to us losing games last season. The chance to turn a negative into a positive. That's why he has first round value.
Offensively guys like Percy Harvin, Reggie Bush, and Desean Jackson our an example of what other teams are doing with similarly talented players. It takes creativity to some degree, but shouldn't that be a goal of any offense?
It's the Reggie Bush effect, you have to respect the home run threat which opens up everything else, if you don't respect the home run threat well that's when they hit home runs. Is that so far fetched, or have people become so accustomed to our offense being mediocre that they no longer want to even try and make it better?
There's no guarantee that he would be the playmaker he was in college, but we know what our offense is without him and it is several shades short of dynamic. Shouldn't we be focused on trying to rectify that problem? It seems like some people are operating out of fear, wanting to take a "safe pick" instead of a "risk" I say we've been doing that and look where that has got us. Kentwan Balmer over Desean Jackson. All I personally want, is to try to improve out team anyway possible, a guy who can do it in two facets of the game has a lot of value in my eyes.