When Death Smiles Upon You the Infantryman smiles back
as long as we don't trade up for a linemen
In his office Friday afternoon, Philbin pointed to the practice fields outside and said: "Out there is where we're going to find out about Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore and David Garrard. I don't remember a master plan that said, 'Here's when Ryan's going to play.' If there is one, I was never told about it. We'll let them come to work, and the best man will win."'
I personally don't like the idea of trading up. I understand they would land an elite prospect like Dee Millner or Lane Johnson, but I would rather get five players in the top 82 instead of packaging some of those picks to move up slightly. Actually I would rather trade down in the first round instead of trading up.
we hold the cards. cleveland and oakland desperate for picks. they know this draft is not special. just hold out.
that said, We are looking to come out of this draft with another CB, DE, and OT (Winston still an option that is on waiting list), and IMO, a TE for the future. Giving away picks are not a big deal if you can trade back later to say SF and get one back. But I dont think picks are like this huge neccessity now. Nice to have, but its not like we desperately need 2 CB's or we could even get away with not drafting a DE early and still get a talented guy.
We can still find talent in fourth and fifth round.
But Cleveland's pick only requires us giving up a third rounder. Thats nothing. Well worth getting your future LT and your Oline is well on its way to top five in the league. G can be taken care of next year.
CB can be argued that if we had to do without getting another one, we could survive. Patterson, Carroll, Grimes, Wilson, Mccann, Sherman is nothing to shake your fists at.
Vernon is going to be a fine pass rusher. He was a rookie last year. Got to remember that. We dont have alot of holes but looking to upgrade.
When you look at the last 3 or so drafts, you really notice the effectiveness of first round picks. Lately, while there are always a few hidden gems, the success rate of the first rounders is far in excess of the 2nd and 3rd rounders. If we were only to give up the #77 pick and another later pick to move up and secure an elite LT like Lane Johnson, then that's probably a good move.
My problems with it are several though. Letting Long go was the problem, and after investing the most valuable draft pick in the history of the Miami Dolphins to get him, seeing him perform at an elite level for 3 years and knowing he's finally healthy for the first time in several years, to let him walk is hard to take. We FINALLY get a franchise QB for him to protect. Now, exactly 1 rookie contract later and we're not only trading a very high 1st rounder but also a solid 3rd rounder and another lower pick just to fill the exact same void? To me, if you're not going to spend the money to make this guy a 10-15 year player, then don't burn the 1st rounder on him in the first place. The draft is where you build championships ... not just reload mediocrity. If LT is the position you covet, then pay for a good LT when you have one. Penny-wise, pound-foolish.
No, with that mindset, I'm not on board with spending a 1st rounder on a LT that has a chance to be great, because that only gives us 5 years of benefit. If that's the value you place on the position monetarily, draft him in round 2 or 3, and use the 1st rounder to get someone you will keep when he proves to be a top talent.
Also, spending a high 1st on an OL fails to give Tannehill that elite weapon he needs and you neglected to give him last year. Every other team in the NFL understands that you have to surround a franchise QB with good weapons. Mike Wallace is a good start, but it's not enough. Keller does some of the things down the seam we need, but he's a terrible red-zone target and he tips off that it's a pass play every time he's in the game because he can't block. Clearly, Keller isn't the answer, so you've just treaded water for 1 year and we'll be in year 3 before Tannehill can start to build chemistry with his security blanket and primary red zone target. Not a wise plan!
Draft Tyler Eifert, then presto, you have the red zone target, and the seam threat, and the blocker, and the security blanket, and the third down converter, and the physical presence downfield. Then in the 2nd, pick up Ryan Swope, bam, there's your explosive slot receiver. NOW you have built around your franchise QB with the right pieces. Ireland has shown that he'll pay those positions if they excel also.
"I want guys who want to make an impact on and off the field. Good human beings. Guys who want to get better. Guys who want to improve. They want to be great, want to win. Those types of guys we can work with every day." --Joe Philbin
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