Originally Posted by realtick
I'm actually higher on Parnell than most, but again, we were quite lucky that Free and Smith made it through the entire season healthy. It seems we are woefully thin depthwise at the position.
I think with the draft, you are trying to find players who could potentially start for you in the forseeable future. This team has at least 7 needs in other positions that need to be filled with these picks. We have to rely on the scouting and coaches to develop these players from un-drafted to serviceable backup.
We can't use picks on positions where in an ideal situation they wouldn't start for 5 years. Also, we can't draft with the mindset that one of them could have a season ending injury. We just have to trust that Parnell and other guys we bring in can develop and perform when their time is called.