Originally Posted by Beerfish
And that is exactly where we are drafting no? Great players make positions critical. Hey I'm not saying you go looking for safeties or o-lineman in the 1st round but if I'm looking at my draft board and see a great o-line prospect and I know within a year I'll need an o-lineman I will have no hesitation taking him rather than the 3rd best OLB or DE.
If player values are near equal then of course you take the guy that is good and fits a more immediate need if the values are not equal from your scouts then that is another case.
If the conversation in the war room goes like this then I know who I'm picking.
GM: "So we have the guard and the DE, who do we want?"
Scout: "The DE is good, should be a fine player for us, not flashy but will get the job done. The guard is best pure guard prospect I've seen in 10 years."
Admittedly I'm a bit biased in favour of having the best o-line you can get. It solves or prevents so many problems for an offensive team. I also worry that sooner or later we will get hit by injuries up front. The Jets have been phenominally healthy on the o-line the last few years.
Excellent post....totally agree with the theory that if the guy is that good you take him.Especially as you could argue there are very few holes that must be plugged on our team.I'd ideally like a Brandon Graham to replace BT but if you think Iupati might be the second coming of Steve Hutchinson then it's a no-brainer....especially at 29.
Not to hijack the thread or anything but assuming Iupati isn't there how much of a drop-off is there with Vladimir Ducasse?....would he be value at No61?....on the face of it appears similar to Iupati in measurables and flexibilty to play OG or OT and could be ready to replace either Faneca or Woody in a year or 2...also what hapened to Sergio Render?