Originally posted by Jcool:
Originally posted by dj43:
Originally posted by Kolohe:
This is where trading down into the middle or late in the 1st round would be the best bet IMO. For one, no way is Jake Locker worth a Top 10 pick, and what's with Nick Foles in the 1st round again??
That's if you feel that you MUST draft a QB in the first round. I agree a QB is a must area but so is CB and DE/pass rusher.
There are only so many impact players in any draft, usually that number is between 8 and 12. Therefore, it would make little sense for a team with three high need areas to trade out of a chance to fill one of the other two high need areas to get a QB later in the round who is not as likely to be an impact player as a CB or DE.
If you think QB is a must area then you have to take one with your first pick... everything else is secondary... As the 9ers have proven when you don't have a franchise QB it is impossible to win in this league. Its why teams with great defenses like Tampa and Baltimore are one and done and the Colts, Patriots and Steelers get to multiple Superbowls.
Let me re-state my priorities:
2. Pass rushing DE/OLB.
In that order and they are not a long way apart. All of them are critical needs on this team. SO-O-O-O-O, if the choice at #7 is Locker, who I consider a mid-to-late first round value, OR Clayborn, who I believe will surely go in the top 10, which one do you pick?
I take Clayborn because he will make the secondary better BUT IS ALSO BPA
. He is going to be a certain impact player, IMO.
So, what that means is that I must now either sign a stop-gap FA QB for a year or two until I can get the guy I want, OR trade back into the late first round to get Locker or Mallet or someone else at the appropriate value. I am not going to waste value by reaching for a QB that I might be able to get later, or someone else who is a value. Reaching to solve a single need is ONLY a good play when you only need just one player - this team needs three.
Then I go for BPA for a CB the next chance I get.
See, all of this is based on my opinion that you must have all three of my priorities filled if you are going to win a championship. If I can't get all three, then I will settle for two and if I can't get two, then I settle for one BUT I AM DARN SURE GOING TO GET AT LEAST ONE IMPACT
PLAYER WITH MY #7 OVERALL PICK.
That is the way you build a team, IMO. Yes, I want a QB but I want him to be an impact QB, not just another guy with 10 fingers and 10 toes.