ILikeSonny09 wrote:Haha, I see. I get the "Surely one of these two guys ought to be able to win the job" idea. But I'd argue that it just doesn't work that way, that they are more of what we already have enough of. Neither of these guys is immediate starting material. I'd expect that Kouandjio and Catalina, by virtue of having been through our camps and offseason program multiple times, have a nearly insurmountable advantage over these newcomers. For that matter, the guys we picked up for our LG carousel during this past season are similarly advantaged by having already been acclimated to the pro level via some other teams' camps/OTAs, already know our playbook, and have actually started for us in regular season games. But we need a LG who is so clearly better than guys we've been developing or picked up in desperation that all of the advantages mentioned above aren't enough to offset his higher quality- and for that you'd better tweak your value metric enough to take the stab NLT Rd 2. If you don't, you get guys such as Leribus and Long in Rd 3. Moses (also Rd 3), is regressing and Roullier still has question marks Right now we have two olinemen who are unequivocally Good-or-Better, and they were both 1st Rd picks. We need a plug and play LG by end of Rd 2, not another project or two. Edge, WR, ILB, CB; whatever has to wait has to wait. Obviously, if we trade for a quality starter before the draft, I'll relent. Now, it is clearly possible that the Organization actually DOES think K and C, along with Carter and the rest of the Guard mob, are enough of a core that a genuine LG starter will emerge and stay healthy. If I don't see any urgency in our FA, draft, or trade activity then I'll just have to hope they're right: pretty sure I'll find some satisfaction in our other acquisitions.
I do hope a better scenario happens during our draft and we get a difference maker at G. Just in my mock it didn't work out, again limited or unrealistic options for trade backs etc. But I agree with you actually on all points. That position has been a liability for far too long.
Funny actually, In most of these mock drafts Cody Ford is still available at 15. I think that would be a definite value pick.