Originally Posted by seanmac31
Thomas doesn't really have any weaknesses as a player--he's just a solid, solid pro. I don't see a rookie available who could beat him out. (Gholston sure couldn't.) And defensive speed really isn't a major priority. It would be nice to have, but that's all. The reason you have someone like Ryan as your head coach is because they can compensate schematically. There is certainly no reason to go mortgaging next year for players of dubious pedigree just to say we fixed a problem now, especially when it's not the biggest problem. (Again, the offensive and defensive lines need to be addressed before serious problems start in 1-2 years, and the receiving corps will suddenly look pretty poor if we don't re-sign Holmes or Edwards.)
For those people who are insisting it's no big deal and we end up with the same number of players whether we use a second rounder this year or a first next year, let me ask you this: When is the last time that a team traded a future first-round pick for a second rounder and that move actually looked good by next April? I can't think of one. I can think of many, many instances of teams trading away that pick for some immediate gratification and looking pretty bad.
The Jets used their second round pick on a cornerback out of Florida State. His name is Antonio Cromartie. There you go, we've used our pick to address a gaping hole in the secondary. (Do we all feel better now?)
Yes, they used that pick hoping Cromartie would work out on this team....he didnt. He was exposed for what he is, a very fast, athletic person whose football skills are greatly overrated. He will not be resigned, and we will move wilson to his natural position as an outside corner.
We just addressed our defensive line with our 1st round pick and if we still need more youth at the position, there are a number of developmental guys that will be around in the 4-6th round.
As far as the "we dont need speed we have Rex" argument, i couldnt disagree more. Rex's entire defense is built on pressure from different angles, and we couldnt get any pressure this year, because pace was hurt and bart scott and thomas are too damn slow. Tell me exactly when this solid, solid pro made a big play for this team? Can he cover TEs? Is he a good blitzer? No to all of the above....he is just not terrible, thats his greatest attribute.
No, we dont know if reed, ayers or whomever is gonna be a good player, but if we trade we can GUARANTEE that they are available, which is half the battle when drafting.