That being said, it's a highly unlikely scenario because there are enough teams smart enough to value QBs above all else, as they should.
Nice write up Spesh. Not sure I'd take a RT at 19, but there definitely needs to be talent along the OL as well as talent at impact positions.
This draft is going to be very interesting because of the fact that at 19, we could have a number of talented players fall to us.
Being that this draft is deep at OT, I could see us finding a rookie starting RT in the 2nd round. Only positions on the OL that I think warrant a 1st round pick are LT and C.
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I am all for a 1st on a LT, but why spend a first on a guy to play RT? Albert is locked up to be our LT for at least 3 years.
Our team has more pressing needs at premium position than to be getting a RT in the 1st. There will be better players available at 19 than Martin.
Clearly, the game's paradigm has shifted since I was a kid, and increasingly to today.
Like taxes, once a rule is in place, it's not likely to be pulled back....Ever. Now that
the former players we all used to consider iron men and tough guys have opened
up the can of worms, there's literally nothing the NFL can do except act in a manner
that mitigates future damages.
It's rapidly becoming flag football. I don't mean that literally, I mean that speed is
what is going to be the determining factor rather than power. I love a power running
game, but there's only going to be so much of a window for that sort of offense in the
What chaps my ass is that Tannehill would be a great, mobile, athletic QB if anyone
would let him. Instead, he's just going to get killed, unless Lazor can actually do
anything about it.
I don't have much confidence in any move at this point.
Philbin and Hickey SAY they will go for BPA (it's easy to say, we'll see)
By contrast, Here was Ireland's approach, though I imagine many of our contributors could say the same thing with a well chosen gif...
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. - S. Beckett
Like Spesh, there are others that I liked better than Albert and I think injuries and age will force a future move earlier than others would have (certainly not in this draft outside of a midrounder to groom behind him), but I like the move overall because it frees us in the draft from fans losing their minds if we didn't draft an OT with 19 and saves us the time of an OT taken at 19 to figure out the pro game, something we don't have to wait for with Albert. He raped and pillaged our coffers though. He saw a weakness and fans absolutely losing their minds and took full advantage of being the "best available" OT. Good for him. He doesn't have much longer in the game, so he should get all the money he can.
When it comes to interior line, I see very little value in drafting one in the 1st round, especially in the top 20. Bottom 5 of the first round? Little more reasonable. I don't think the changing league Spesh describes means that G and C has increased in value, just that OT has fallen in value and close to where G and C are. That being said, certain types of OL have increased in value a bit (again, rookie salary cap plays a role in that as much as the changing style of football). Of all the OL that could be available at 19, the only one I see any sort of value in, versus likely available playmakers, would be Martin and that's only because he also adds depth through his versatility. Nobody else. Even then, if somebody like Ebron falls, I'm taking him. Any of the likely available playmakers at 19 would carry far more value than Su'a-Filo and especially more than Moses. The gap in the talent levels of playmakers between 19 and 50 is wider than the gap between interior line and RT. There is less value in the latter.