Originally Posted by jterrell
hate to be overly harsh but I ignored the other drafts you have admitted were rather fail. this is very similar to those....
1st Round – David DeCastro – G/C --- lots of people love DeCastro and he would be a day 1 starter. But is he a large enough improvement over Nagy/Bern/r2 draftee at OC to make this worth pick 14? I argue no but could live with this. I think there is great value at OC with pick 45. And Konz might be a better pure OC yet available into the 20s.
2nd Round – Harrison Smith – SS --- Smith is somewhat intriguing but 45 seems fairly high for a non-elite safety. And you have now went two traditionally undervalued/underpaid positions. Dallas got 3 projected starters in free agency at OG/S for about 9 million in cap cost next year.
[View Full Quote]3rd Round - Bruce Irvin – OLB --- You seem to be making an all pet cat draft and that is probably why they are failing. Irvin is a solid value in R3 but he is about 15 pounds lighter than our starting OLB. In our defense he would be a good speed and coverage OLB but he could be blocked by TEs and RBs at his current size.
End of the day I would pencil in DeCastro as a day 1 starter but that's it. I think Smith would eventually be a starter but the other guys are situational at best to me and many would struggle to make the opening week roster.
The problem with your analysis is that you're expecting us to get multiple starters from this draft class from the get-go. That's not realistic.
What is realistic is expecting your first rounder to be a starter immediately, and your 2nd and 3rd round guys to be contributors - even if they aren't starters.
Just because we signed JAG's to fill needs in the off-season doesn't mean we won't or shouldn't address those in the draft. If a highly graded Guard or Safety on our draft board is available at #14 or #45, I doubt we pass on them just because we addressed those positions in the off-season. Guys like Pool, Livings, and Bernadeau are temporary fixes that were signed to give us flexibility on draft day, not as permanent solutions. They're security blankets so we're not forced to reach.
Harrison Smith would compete for a starting job this year. Brodney Pool is by no stretch of the imagination a permanent solution at safety. He's been a JAG in his career thus far and has had problems staying healthy. If Smith doesn't crack the opening day line-up, he'd still see a lot of action IMO and be used a lot like Church last season. Not to mention the games where Pool will be hurt and he would step in and start.
Irvin not having protypical size at this moment isn't an issue, since he would likely only be used in pass rushing situations his first season.
Solid Draft OP. You address three needs with the first 3 picks, and they'd all be able to contribute THIS year. I'd like to see us go DL with one of the first three picks, but this team has so many holes that you can't address them all with one draft. All you can hope for is to get as many talented guys as you can.