If they truly feel fortunate he was here at 58 its only because they don't have the slightest clue of value. Nobody was taking Schoonmaker before that. He was a 3rd round pick at best.
But these are the guys who panicked and traded away next year's 5th because they just weren't sure Eric Scott Jr. would be there at 212.
He would have been there at 312.
A lot of people would have assumed the same thing about Jack Campbell, and Cowboys fans surely would have said it about Kancey, but those guys were gone before we even picked at 26. You never know what other teams would do. You even had the Cowboys taking Schoonmaker in the 3rd round; I had them taking LaPorta in the 3rd round, because he looked like a slightly better fit. La Porta went 34th overall.
So, again, you really never know, no matter how much we act like it. Schoonmaker could ball out, and I have a feeling he will. He might even end up being the better player. I think the Lions will be good this year, because they snatched three guys will very low floors off-the-bat. Lots of criticism, but I think they'll get the last laugh.
Then again, I could be wrong. You could be wrong. We've all been right and wrong before, so pretending someone hasn't done a well enough job, when they in fact have been in the top of the game just comes off as disingenuous.
He's got many warts. People just ignore them.
He's had 4 prior swings at DT with day 2 picks in the last 5 years and ended up with Trysten Hill, Neville Gallimore, Osa Odighizuwa and Chauncey Golston.
Impressed? I'm not.
He's now taken two more swings at it. Mazi Smith and Viliami Fehoko. There's no reason why anybody should be confident they will be players simply because they have the Will McClay stamp of approval. You'd have to ignore recent history to believe that. You need more of a reason than that.
I like Mazi. The fact that Will McClay likes Mazi means nothing to me. That's the thing.
Meh, I think the safer bet at 3-tech may have been Adetomiwa Adebawore, but Fehoko has that drive and motor than you can't coach. Once he increases his athleticism, he's going to be a nice player.
We'll see if he's any good this time, I guess, you know, since you agreed he was a top 50 player.