Originally posted by oldninerdude:
Originally posted by ghostrider:
Originally posted by Paul_Hofer:
Originally posted by Toronto49er:
Originally posted by rapid4:
We don't need Iupati, John Jerry or Jon Asamoah would do just fine.
This. taking a guard in the first round with a pick in the teens would be a waste. especially so in a draft as deep as this. IMO it would be utter stupidity.
I don't think "fine" is good enough. We need some excellence on the OL. To be a playoff team, excellence is needed at many if no every positional area.
Well, obviously he would prefer to draft a different prospect to bring excellence to a different position. He sees the margin between Iupati and Jerry or Asamoah to be less than the margin between a 1st rounder and 2nd rounder at a different positions.
I'd take that a step further. Excellence isn't something you can import to the OL, through the draft or through free agency, anymore than you can import teamwork or chemistry. That comes from guys working hard, working together, understanding their assignments, and getting the coaching they need to excel.
There probably isn't that much difference between Iupati, Pouncey, Jerry, Asamoah, etc. They're all great prospects, but it seems unlikely that any of them could be simply plugged in along the OL and there'd be instant "excellence."
This time of year, fans get an idea into their head and lose all sense of reason.
For instance, for those so "over the top" on Iupati: Have you actually evaluated the guy's play? Or are you just parroting some other unkowledgeable persons evaluation that he is a "beast" or whatever? For all you know he's not any better than Baas, who actually played better and better as the season wore on. the knock on Baas is that he is slow of foot. But he looked like the only one who was able to execute a pulling block effectively. Know what? Iupati doesn't have quick feet either.
I agree with Toronto and rapid4: Taking a Guard in the teens would be utter stupidity. And what would be even more aggregeous would be to pick TWO offensive linemen with both our early picks. Davis in the first round would be outstanding. And a SPEED corner with the other. Or a game changer on offense. Or even a monster pass rusher. All would be fine.
Supplement the line and other spots (not selected in the first round) in the second and later rounds.
Then let the coaches take over and coax the "excellence" out of the players. As so excellently pointed out by ONdude.
[ Edited by Rsrkshn on Apr 14, 2010 at 11:08 AM ]