Originally posted by GNielsen:
Yes! He's a #25th over all pick. Except instead of the rookie rate, he gets a $63 million contract. Instead of being a great deal for the team for the next few years, he gets $12-$13 million a year starting next year.
So, the point is that he must be great. He has to make a huge difference. That's why he's more of a gamble than a normal #25 pick would be.
I totally get that... absolutely agree.
I believe that the Hawks wanted Tavon Austin, who went #8 overall. If the Hawks traded up from the 25th pick up to the 7th pick to grab Austin, what do you think would have been the price in picks? I'm guessing something close to what Atlanta paid to move up and grab Julio Jones at #6 overall in the 2011 draft.... they gave up 5 picks, including their 1st rounder in both 2011 and 2012.
My point is... if you're locked in on an impact player (or one you think will be), you have to pay the price one way or the other. The Hawks gave up moderate draft capital for Harvin (the 2014 3rd rounder) but have to accommodate the cap hits of $11M - $13M.
Aside from the cap hit difference between Austin and Harvin, the biggest difference is Harvin is only 25 y/o (just turned) and he already has four (4) NFL seasons under his belt.
At this point, Austin is an unknown commodity in the NFL. He may be great. He may be mediocre... or be could turn out to be a bust because his body can't take the punishment. Only time will tell.