Originally posted by WINiner:
Maddog is one of my least liked posters, and I disagree with him often, but when it comes to Watt and Smith he is 100% correct. Our team would be better with JJ Watt than we are with Aldon Smith.
JJ Watt is going to be a HoF type player, while Aldon is going to be real good, but not the level of Watt. Barring injury of course.
Gotta give credit where it's due.
With no doubt Watt is playing excellently this year, and had a very good last year, but I am still not convinced that we should have drafted him.
Our need at defensive end was not as great as our need at outside linebacker.
We desperately needed an outside linebacker.
Aldon Smith played very well last year, and we needed the sacks he got.
This year Aldon has shown an apparent ability be a solid four-down outside linebacker.
We did have Justin Smith and Ray McDonald at defensive end.
Justin Smith is an all-pro defensive end. Ray McDonald is very good and vastly under rated.
If he can 1.5 sacks against the Giants, he will tie Reggie White as the fastest player to 20 sacks.
At draft time, MD misjudged Aldon Smith.
At the end of season MD expressed clear doubts about Aldon's ability to play as an outside linebacker--to be, and if I remember correctly his words correctly, to be more than a one trick pony
But, as you say, MD does merit recognition for his praise of JJ Watt.
Watt is a remarkable player and seems to be a very solid citizen.
I hope he continues his excellent play (except when he plays against us) for years to come.
[ Edited by buck on Oct 8, 2012 at 11:44 PM ]