Originally posted by MadDog49er:
This article screams Red Flags over this player. We've been down the "we're not sure where he is going to play, but we will put him somewhere on the field" road far too many times.
Bad value with the seventh overall. When you draft a guy in that slot, you should be saying (at least internally), "he will be starting at the _________ position from Day One, and will be the starter there for a long time". That is what we did last year with Iupati and Davis. There was no uncertaintly where they would line up.
Smith is a Niner and I wish him the best. But, this is a terrible gamble for a team that is desperate to get to .500 and beyond. This pick came only two selections after Patrick Peterson. Yikes!!!
We played this game very poorly.
I think the object of the game is not so much trying to get the most mileage out of ASmith this year, but getting the most mileage out of JSmith this year. Hence, you are not going to know where he will start..you are looking to play him wherever he can have the biggest impact on the play of JSmith, IMHO.
You are looking at the left hand while the right hand is doing something else. ASmith has just as much chance to start or not start, as PP does. He has just as much chance to excel or fall on his ass as PP does. You talk like you have a crystal ball when it comes to PP, and you don't, not even close. PP ain't nuttin' special until he shows he is something special. He's as good as my f**king worthless dog right now (hasn't done a damn thing lately) along with all the rest of the crop of NFL rookies.
Hence, If you are a smart DC who likes to cover his bases as best as possible, you are going to keep that in mind and be looking at what you HAVE NOW, not what you MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE. Your going to be looking at turning the KNOWN beast KNOWN as JSMITH into an animal, and hoping your draft pick turns into a solid starter, somewhere, somehow, along the way. That's going to be ASmith's job until he proves otherwise...make it easier for JSMITH to light the f**king place up.
In fact, with the addition of ASMITH, I can see JSMITH to have his best year this year. I can see that, and I can see Fangio drooling right now at the prospect of getting this rook on the field with JSMITH, and what that could do to elevate JSMITH into the next level. Fangio is going to go to war with the army he has now, not the army of the future. He's gonna plan with that, and not anything else, and that army is essentially, JSmith.
[ Edited by Blitz on Jul 8, 2011 at 2:25 PM ]