Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
The league passed on Brees due to his height and his play in the Spread.
The league passed on Geno Smith because of his lack of leadership skills, lack of charisma and lack of maturity.
Absolutely none of that is relevant. You're getting caught up in minutia. The point is the drop, not why the drop happened. Time proved that the league was wrong to pass on Brees, for whatever reason (and I was wrong personally, about him; I never thought he would thrive in the NFL). And they may have been wrong about Smith as well. Or they may not. There's absolutely no way of knowing either way at this point.
Simply put, if Smith becomes a good player, then the teams that didn't select him before the Jets, whatever their reasoning for it, made a mistake.
Same for us, re: Fisher. If he's a 10 year starter with a couple of pro bowls, and Joeckel is a hall of famer, we ****ed up. If it's the other way around, then we didn't.
In the end, a lot of people have it backwards: a player is not defined by where he's picked. Rather, the pick is defined by how the player performs. As I said before, you can't win anything on draft day.