Originally Posted by Pestilence
So you'd be ok taking a DE who would take upwards of 2-3 years to full reach his potential?
Shit, you can say that about any of the other positions we would take if we don't go QB.
DL - 2-3 year development and high bust rate. We should know this being we are presently in an offseason where we let a top five DL that was a "generational talent" walk out the door, for nothing...and had to drastically cut the pay of the other top 3 DL or we would have cut him, too. Jackson and Poe are recent very high picks and the team has been talking to Cullen Jenkins and Chris Canty about the other end position. That is surely a precursor to the team filling the need in free agency. We also have Bailey back there and this is his third year. Who knows, maybe we try to bring Walace Gilberry back.
CB - 2-3 year learning curve. If we are talking Milliner, I'd probably take a year off the development curve because he comes from a pro ran system at Alabama. Even though he has little actual tape as a starter there, he showed decent skills. No way I ever see him as an elite guy, though.
OL - Warmack? A guard can NEVER be worth a top 5 pick. I don't care how good he is. Taking ANY guard with a first overall pick IS A GUARANTEED BUST BECAUSE OF LACKING POSITIONAL IMPORTANCE. We just went over this whole thing in 2009, remember? Joeckel or Fisher? That means we only upgraded guard with the top pick and the situation would be a log jam. They franchised Albert with the knowledge that he doesn't want to play anything but left tackle and they are currently negotiating a long term deal. There could be no bigger waste of resources than using the first overall pick on any linemen. This is also a deep free agent class of OL and the draft is deep and talented. Taking one at first overall would be a terrible move.
LB - 3 of our 4 starting linebackers were pro bowlers. Two are in their primes and one is just about to enter his. I don't see the need for the first overall pick he, especially with the fact that there really isn't a guy that is worth the pick. I can say this, if we are stuck at 1 and are dead set on not taking a quarterback, I want another pass rusher. The system we are gonna be running only works if guys can get to the passer quickly. This is one of the few positions hat we could draft and get some instant impact.
S - Vaccaro is a really good prospect and I would love to have him, but looking at this years free agent class of safeties makes my mouth water...especially William Moore. If we strike out in free agency, there are a handful of good safeties that could come in and play right away that are gonna be mid rounders.
WR/TE - none of these guys are a first overall kinda guy. Not even close.
RB - see; WR/TE
Looking over the whole team, the only way we could get a decent return on our investment without going QB, is to take a pass rushing DL/LB and try to predicate a defense based on killing quarterbacks like when we had Neil Smith and Derrick Thomas.
We didn't have a QB back then, either.