Alright, maybe this is a stupid question, but I have been pondering this and would like the `Zones input:
How much would you guys be willing to roll the dice on a player who was ranked as a stud prospect, but is injured? And I do not mean players who had injury concerns coming from college (I think those guys would be automatically downgraded on draft boards), but guys who where otherwise clean but maybe had something happen prior to the draft?
Say, for example, you are the Niners and suddenly, next Week Ndamukong Suh twists his knee or tears something and now he will need surgery, would miss camp, even a few games or maybe even pull a Willis McGahee and threatens to miss the season? As he tumbles down the draft board, would you personally still roll the dice and select him?
I know, this questions has way too many variables, but lets say for the sake of the experiment it would be an injury that knocks the player out for an extended amount of time, but he could return for the last few weeks or a playoff run. Lets also say you are confident that the injury will have no negative impact long-term, so he will be more or less the same after the injury and rehabilitation.
Would you pull the trigger? I am kinda intrigued by this question, for example if it would be a QB (so projecting to this years draft, if Bradfords shoulder would have taken longer to heal, but checked out OK) I think I would not hesitate, as in my opinion a rookie QB should preferably sit and learn his first season anyway.
If the already mentioned Suh would fall because of injury and I would be the Niners, I think I would also add him, because I would think we would have enough depth on the D-Line to get by without him and he was so highly regarded.
On the other hand, with a corner or safety I would not be so sure, because I think we really need someone there to play right away (and rookie DBs can usually contribute right away in Nickel or Dime packages), especially if that guy would additionally provide kick and/or punt return value, which we desperately need. O-Line would be similar in my mind.
So, if you guys did not fall asleep while reading this: What would you guys do?