Originally posted by trellblaze:
Originally posted by BrianGO:
That is true, but most 7th round picks don't make NFL rosters. Ours did. Most 7th round picks don't play well in preseason. Our's did.
What does that mean? That means we might have a good player from the 7th round, who might be able to play in this league, and play in the league for FOUR YEARS for peanuts. How nice would it be to have a backup quarterback, playing on a cheap contract for the next three years? THAT is how you use leverage in the era of the salary cap. THAT is what the draft is for, in the era of the salary cap.
And then there's Cooper. He is the number three corner on a team with tons of corners. On a team that is 4-0. How do you let him walk, because Brock has more experience with the defense? Sometimes you just have to keep the talent, even if it lacks experience. ESPECIALLY in the salary cap era of football. The Chiefs now have a solid DB for FOUR YEARS of cheap labor. MAN that would have been nice for us.
Cooper has played ONE NFL GAME against a team who is 0-4 and was mostly covering a WR (Nicks) who had 0 catches the previous week. Let's not get too carried away. Did he do a great job in that one game? Of course. That's obvious but it takes more than one game before we can write him off as "the biggest loss". Tim Rattey threw for 417 yards in one game. Didn't do so well an any others.
I'm not saying Cooper is a scrub but let's keep some perspective here. He hasn't proven himself to be a shutdown corner in just one game. What he has shown is that he deserves another shot to prove that he is.
BTW, this is not just about your post. It seems that the popular opinion here is that he's a clear cut winner. That simply isn't the case yet.
It's clear cut that he is good enough to be on an NFL roster. If he can be the #3 corner on the Chiefs as a rookie, he can definitely be on our 53 man roster.
Remember, the salary is my main point
. If a late round pick is good enough to be on an NFL roster, it benefits your team in the long term because of the four years of cheap labor
. That is the main point.
I haven't said anything about "shutdown" or how good he actually is, besides the fact that he is clearly good enough to be on an NFL roster.
I think it's clear that we went with Brock because he has more experience and knows our defense. That is thinking short term. Which has benefits for the short term of course, but we are losing a lot of cheap salaries into the future. Not only that, but young guys have a high ceiling.
[ Edited by BrianGO on Oct 3, 2013 at 10:27 PM ]