Save the Snow Leopard
Would I like better? Sure but the haul is pretty decent and may turn out a good deal better than that.
Originally Posted by Risen Star
Our last three drafts that equates to a "pretty good run", with a reasonable outlook on each pick....
1(24) Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma St. - This looks more and more like a bad decision by the day.
2(55) Sean Lee ILB Penn St. - Injury concerns but still a hit.
4(126) Akwasi Owusu-Ansah CB Indiana (Pa.) - Wasted pick.
6(179) Sam Young T Notre Dame - Garbage.
6(196) Jamar Wall CB Texas Tech - Couldn't play.
7(234) Sean Lissemore - Looks like a decent role player. Hit.
So what we have here is one really good player but he's injury prone. He may or may not have a great career because of it. Dez is an infant mentally. We all know he's not reaching his potential. Lissemore is a rotational sub.
[View Full Quote]I basically agree although I'm not that concerned about Lee. I think he's a star. Bryant the vote is not in yet although I agree its a concern. Lissemore may prove more than a role player and I'd say in this defense he will get a decent share of snaps at least.
1(9) Tyron Smith T USC - Grand Slam.
2(40) Bruce Carter OLB North Carolina - Beast.
3(71) DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma - Solid pick but injury prone.
4(110) David Arkin T Missouri St. - Can't play.
5(143) Josh Thomas CB Buffalo - Swing and a miss.
6(176) Dwayne Harris WR East Carolina - Could be an emerging return man.
7(220) Shaun Chapas FB Georgia - Not an NFL player.
7(252) Bill Nagy C Wisconsin - Shown nothing and injury prone.
Two outstanding players at the top and another that could be if he could ever stay on the field. The last 5 picks were a waste unless Harris sticks as an impact return man and/or receiver.
Smith, Carter and Murray are big hits; all three. Arkin can't grade. Harris incomplete, too. Nagy incomplete. Generally for you one to three SDs toward the end of the negative side of the spectrum.
1(6) Morris Claiborne CB LSU - Actually cost 1(14) and 2(45). Nice player, waaaaaay overpaid for him. No impact whatsoever.
3(81) Tyrone Crawford DE Boise St. - Has shown nothing yet to warrant the pick but it's still early.
4(113) Kyle Wilber OLB Purdue - Is he on the team? Oh.
4(135) Matt Johnson S Eastern Washington - Evil Knievel had less injuries. Which could be saving us from seeing he can't play. Like his draft grade outside of Dallas suggests.
5(152) Danny Coale WR Virginia Tech - Practice squad.
6(186) James Hanna TE Oklahoma - Hasn't done anything but hasn't had a chance yet either. A complete unknown.
7(222) Caleb McSurdy ILB Montana St. - Everybody's favorite lunch pail pick. Then camp started. Selling insurance in the fall of 2013.
We stand a very good chance of coming out of the 2012 draft with, wait for it, a cornerback. ~confetti~.....~party noise makers~
More negative hyperbole. Claiborne has played well above the normal rookie CB even a top ten one. His cost is a separate issue to his play. Crawford plays well esp for being an injured rookie. He had trouble walking off the field in the Atl game and he was still getting decent pressure. I look for him to be at least pretty dang good. The rest get incompletes as they should with Hanna being an intriguing pick so far.
Now I would agree this three year clip is better than Jerry's norm, but Jerry's norm is horrific. There's a huge gap from that to quality and I think it's a real stretch to claim we're on a "pretty good run" here with our drafting. In fact, if you look at the 4th round on, when teams build their quality depth, we're still pretty bad.
Did you know there are only 5000 Snow Leopards in the wild now and they are confined to Central Asia? However, the effective global population (those likely to reproduce) is less than half that number.