Originally posted by Schulzy:
Also, I do think that the Crabtree/OT combo would help us win next year more than the Oher/Bryant combo.
My reasoning is that it's likely that a rookie RT can step in and contribute successfully right away, along with a 2nd year of Crabtree - who could totally break out in his 2nd year with a full TC and another year in the offense.
Excellent point; every position takes a different amount of time to mature. running backs, interior offensive linemen, and linebackers can contribute right away. QBs, WRs, defensive linemen, and left tackles take a while.
That's why the trade-up for Staley was worth it. Staley in year 4 at left tackle will be much better than Chris Williams, Branden Albert Gosder Cherilus, and Duane Brown in their third years (exempted Ryan Clady because he's been a home-run pick for them)