Originally posted by LifelongNiner:
Originally posted by PatrickWillis52:I don't get the point of this thread. You're saying we should draft a DL in the first because ours are old and we haven't in a while? How does that constitute a smart draft strategy...
Simple. He'd rather be the Rams. In 2007, they would rather have Adam Carriker. In 2008, they definitely approved on the Kentwan Balmer pick. Matter of fact, we should've tried to find Balmer and brought him back to camp when he went AWOL. In 2009? Pass on Michael Crabtree and draft the highly touted Aaron Maybin and converted to the 4-3. Or maybe drafted some other no name D-line guy in 2009. Then we would have a young defensive line.
You funny, but that's not a smart statement. Of course poor drafting is never good. Obviously the biggest key is to pick high quality players, no matter the position they play
. That's blatantly obvious, but that wasn't my point. But since you bring up the quality argument, so far the quality our 2012 draft sucked bad
! Are you implying that we had a good quality 2012 draft? Of course it's still possible that any rookie could turn out OK, but so far our 2012 draft not only didn't get high quality players but it didn't address our needs (our biggest need was DL).
I will re-state what I did point out:
* D Line is prob most imp part of a defense. We should rotate in D-linemen to keep them fresh.
* Our D line is old and has poor depth and Dline depth was our biggest draft need
* We haven't drafted any D-linemen in several years!
* We have drafted SIX O-linemen and ZERO D-linemen in the last 3 years
* Even though we have FOUR 1st round O-linemen (the most in the NFL), we repeatedly draft O-linemen and then cut them eg. Slowey, Person, Looney (inactive).
* Do you think it was wise to draft Slowey instead of Dline? Even though he had no chance to make the team?
We drafted Slowey even though we already had NINE good O-linemen. There was almost no chance that Slowey could make the team because we were already stocked with NINE O-linemen! We only keep 8. Slowey made 10, and he was sure to be cut. Wasted pick.
* Do you think it was wise to draft Jenkins instead of Derek Wolfe or Kendall Reyes?
We drafted AJ Jenkins even though we already had FIVE WR's guaranteed to make the team. We had to cut two good young WR's (Owusu and Palmer, who looked equal to Jenkins in the preseason) because we had too many. There was little chance that Jenkins would have a big year because they knew he was raw and we were already stocked with WR's. Of course if Jenkins were a star, it would have been a good draft pick. But DL was a bigger need. Derek Wolfe and Kendall Reyes were both perfect fits as 3-down DE that can stop the run and also rush the passer. Both were rising players with lots of upside and little downside. I liked either of these guys at the time of the draft rather than a 6th WR, and now it looks like I was right.
[ Edited by maxsmart on Jan 6, 2013 at 4:48 PM ]