One small observation I have made was that in an ideal situation, you draft the best player available but AT a huge position of need and who fits your system.
This year w/o a doubt, we had, in this order, the following needs:
FS Eric Reid - filling the void of Goldson, Reid should be on the field 100%
RDE Cornellius Carradine - heir to Justin Smith and depth for Aldon Smith (pass rush)
TE Vance McDonald - replacement for D.Walker (more of a blocker with potential better hands and bigger target in the RZ/EZ)
OLB Corey Lemonier - depth and rotation for Brooks (pass rush)
The final pieces will be a small, quick slot CB to help cover Harvin/Austin, a developmental WR, swing T, NT and some ST competition.
This draft was clearly about filling our most pressing needs d/t FA and finding players who could end up being upgrades. Whether you agree on the picks or not, it clearly seems like HarBallke had a "plan" and stuck to it.
PS: Not drafting a TE high over a WR tells me a TON about what type of offense we plan on employing this year. I had a feeling that if we took a WR high, we might be shifting towards more of a spread offense. Not!
[ Edited by NCommand on Apr 27, 2013 at 7:28 AM ]