Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
Miami was going to pick for need in 2015 regardless of who they picked last night. I find that statement irrelevant. However, they won't need to pick a right tackle in 2015.
There's a few reasons why I don't find it necessary to bash the pick:
1. There's needs, and then there's absolute, desperate, must have in order to field a unit needs. This situation was the latter. It's not as if Miami needed an upgrade at right tackle. They didn't even have a capable body there.
2. They just allowed a team record 58 sacks. Largely due to the lack of a capable body at RT that I just mentioned.
3. It's not a situation where Miami was picking in the top 10 and passed up better players at impact positions to select an offensive lineman. It was the 19th pick and all the elite talent at impact positions were gone.
4. The fit. James is absolutely out of central casting for what Miami wants to do up front.
5. Ja'Wuan James can play.
The way I look at it, we can talk about value, trading down, whether this player would've been available 3 picks later, etc. But the fact is, none of you really care about that anyway. If James busts, you're not going to care that Miami traded down and acquired an extra 3rd rounder to get him. Just like you won't care that Miami took him at #19 if he's in the pro-bowl one or two times and has a fine 10 year career.
Last edited by TedSlimmJr; 05-09-2014 at 11:29 AM.