Originally posted by 5280High:
He doesnt take into account that while this draft is filled with allot of OLB hybrids, none of them are 6'5 260 with a wingspan of a condor and violent arms that allow him to shift inside if needed and an outstanding track record of success in college. But instead pumps a player at a position we didnt NEED since we have an above average player in McDonald that we supposedly overpaid for but then says Joseph would cost moderately more than Rogers... Rogers contract last year was a $2.1m cap hit, compared to Joseph's at $9.7m cap hit. Not to mention we got to "try out" Rogers first to ensure he can be productive under fangio before commiting longterm for a $5.1m cap hit this year.
(reference: http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/san-francisco-49ers/carlos-rogers/ http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/houston-texans/johnathan-joseph/)
An easy counter argument would be to look at this years draft and look at the DT/DE talent... it destroys last years draft in this area and is one of the most loaded drafts in years at the DT/DE 3-4 tweener position. So if the roster went MD's way, we picked up a great player where we already had a great player and would still be looking for a passrusher after how many years since Andre Carter??? Then pick up a probowl CB when we ended up picking a probowl CB anyways for $7m less and got to ensure he would be successful in our defensive system before making a commitment. His Roster has almost no net improvement to this team compared to the Baalke alternative, where as Baalkes provides the same quality of play at the positions mentioned but adds a sackmaster with elite physical skills and pass rushing talent. But this post has too many facts and logic to get responded to by self-proclaimed draft gods, but it does get me excited for the draft warzone in april
When you add in two offensive lineman I had in last year's draft (a new starter in Chiefs' center Rodney Hudson and a possible starter at RT, RG, or even LT in Patriots' Marcus Cannon ), I have addressed one of the huge concerns that the team had not. In addition, while people fawned over the brilliance of picking Jonathan Goodwin last year, he graded out as the 23rd best center and the third to last (32nd of 34) in pass protection. And, what did Baalke do to shore up the RG position last year? Nothing. And, we ended up stinking with Rachal, who he obviously believed was starter material. The greatness revealed!
You match up my players against Baalke's, from start to finish throughout the draft and free agency process, and I will have the superior team. I didn't waste a second rounder on Colin Kaepernick last year, but selected Tyrod Taylor three rounds later. Taylor was more impressive than CK during training camp, and is a sold backup to Flacco in Baltimore. While Baalke selected Taylor Mays, a pick that I called an F grade, and was roundly insulted by Board Members, I had Morgan Burnett, who barely missed the Pro-Bowl this year, but probably will be on the roster this year.
I think you may not understand how free agency works. McDonald was a free agent last year. If Watt is the pick, then the team has the added cap space to get an elite CB like Joseph. You fill a need with a younger, better player at a cheaper price. It is all about manipulating the draft and free agency to piece together the best team.
You will see down the road (since it takes a few years for rookies and free agent pickups to show their worth) that I built a better roster.
[ Edited by MadDog49er on Mar 21, 2012 at 10:49 AM ]