Originally posted by 23zack80:
1st round receiver vs. 6th round receiver
2nd round safety vs. 7th rounds safety
3rd round linebacker vs. 5th round linebacker
6th round tightend vs. 6th round tightend
3rd round runningback vs. 6th round running back
Late round picks aren't expected to be starters. They are expected to fill roles and be special teamers. Calling this draft a mini-mulligan doesn't make sense since all of your comparisons are early picks to late picks or late picks to late picks.
I clearly stated that you can dismiss the Crabtree-Wilson and Taylor-Mays because one is clearly better then the other.
Now, a 3rd round pick I still consider a mid round pick just as I do a 5th round pick. We used a mid rounder this year to redraft and OLB/ILB even though we did the same last year. Clearly McKillop didn't leave the strongest of impressions so we took another ILB again. If McKillop was the guy we wouldn't of brought in a FA last year and started him after first starting McKillop. Bottom line is he was expected to be a future starter and obviously that isn't the case. FYI he was projected as a 3rd round pick!!
A 6th round TE for a 6th round TE is clearly a mulligan.
Lastly we drafted another thumper even though we did the same last year. If a position is 100% set you rarely draft that same position again back to back years. I would bet that come TC you will see serious competition at RB and ILB, what does that tell you...that we aren't set at the position in some way.
Dixon is a monster at 6-1, 245 pounds and led the SEC in rushing yards per game (yes, he outran Heisman winner Mark Ingram), but he fell into the sixth round because scouts were apparently concerned about his lack of quickness. Dixon is a surprisingly good pass-catcher and a willing blocker, and looks like a much better fit to pair with Frank Gore than Glen Coffee was. I think you'll see Dixon on the field a significant amount in '10.
Per CBS draft scout he was graded as a round 3-4 pick
Now am I crowning any of these kids...nope. I'm saying that I think we are unhappy with some of last years picks and that's why we saw so many of the positions touched on again.