Originally posted by blm7754:
Not everybody that fills a need must be a high round pick. Especially at the TE position, plenty of high quality TEs were mid to late round picks. Our own Dalanie Walker was a late round WR prospect that we converted to a very effective H-back.
If we had unlimited cap space then yes, we could have 1st or 2nd round talent at every position. But that is not the case. Mid-late round draft picks must fill important roles or else you end-up in salary cap hell.
I trust that Baalke will look for good value from a 2nd TE. If either Ertz or Eifert fall to the middle of the 2nd round, then we could make a move for them. I doubt we pick a TE at 31 or 34.
I think we agree. I am not arguing that we have to
or even should
take TE early in the draft.
I am saying that we take the best player available at a position of need and whose skill set and mental disposition match the team's scheme.
If the best player on the board is a DE when we pick we should take a defensive end or If the best player available is a safety, we should take the safety.
I do not think that the team will pass on the best player available because there might be
another, but lower ranked, player that fills the same need available later in the draft.
Although, I will concede with picks #31 and #34, we do take that risk depending on the needs of the teams with the intervening picks.
My point is not just about selecting or not selecting a TE early in the draft.
[ Edited by buck on Mar 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM ]