Should the Falcons Go OL in the 1st Rd?

Would an Offensive Lineman Be a Good Pick @ #19?

Many Falcons fans believe that its time for the Birds and their top brass to draft a franchise, bookend offensive tackle. One of the biggest and best surprises of the 2008 season was an amazing effort by the seemingly makeshift offensive line. Thomas Dimitroff traded up to draft Sam Baker in the first round in 2008. Justin Blalock was one of the main holdovers from the Bobby Pric-trino era. Todd McClure is one of the most underrated centers in the NFL, and the right side of the line consisted of two players redeemed from practice squads in Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo. Baker has been pretty solid, but has been injured and has missed a lot of games in his two years in Atlanta. Blalock has been a road grader in the run game but has had some issues in pass protection. McClure is the captain of the offensive line, but is 33 years old. Dahl is one of the feistiest players on the roster but also has issues in pass protection. Finally, Clabo is a big-bodied offensive tackle and did well in pass protection, but had problems in the run game according to ProFootballFocus.com

The fans wanting to lock up a franchise tackle do have some valid reasons concerning statistics. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Tyson Clabo ranked as the 29th best offensive tackle in the NFL and Sam Baker ranked 55th using cumulative statistics. Will Svitek performed well in run-blocking, but fell well short in terms of pass blocking. Garrett Reynolds has potential, but would he be ready to take over if Clabo either got hurt or left as an unrestricted free agent next year? Todd McClure ranked as the number 11 center in the NFL and had good numbers in terms of both run and pass blocking, but he’s 33 years old. Harvey Dahl ranked as the 25th best guard, but Justin Blalock ranked very far down the chart as the 73rd best guard and had very poor run-blocking numbers, even though he’s usually known as a good run blocker.

Tackle Stats and Rankings from ProFootballFocus.com

Thomas Dimitroff set 1st round tenders on both Tyson Clabo and Harvey Dahl, meaning that he’s likely not going with an offensive lineman as the number 19 pick, but maybe he was doing that as an insurance. There are quite a number of potential franchise tackles that could go in the first round:

Russell Okung – 6’5 – 307 – Oklahoma State

Bench Reps: 38 – 40 Time: 5.15

Generally considered the best offensive tackle prospect among various draft rankings and experts. His combination of strength, speed, and athleticism is the prototypical franchise tackle that many teams want and need to be their bookend lineman for years and years to come. Barring a crazy trade, Okung will be long, long gone by the time the Falcons get ready to draft. Most believe Okung will be gone in the top 5 picks.

Bryan Bulaga – 6’5 – 314 – Iowa

Bench Reps: 26 – 40 Time: 5.25

Bulaga caught the eye of many with his dominating performance against Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Many Falcons fans believed Bulaga would be a real possibility for the Birds early on, but he has quickly risen up draft boards with his measurables and potential to be a franchise left tackle. Bulaga is roundly considered the second best OT prospect and will also likely be long gone by the time Atlanta picks. Mike Mayock of NFL.com guaranteed that Bulaga wouldn’t escape the top 10 picks. Bench reps were somewhat low for a franchise left tackle.

Anthony Davis – 6’5 – 323 – Rutgers

Bench Reps: 21 – 40 Time: 5.40

Okung and Bulaga are widely considered the top two tackle prospects in the draft and there is some disagreement on who comes next. Scott Wright of DraftCountdown.com believes that Davis is next and could possible be available when the Falcons select if the expected run on tackles doesn’t occur. Named as one of the fallers from the combine according to NFLDraftScout.com when he failed to represent the quick feet and agility expected of him. Mike Mayock of NFL.com has Davis ranked as the fourth tackle prospect. Extremely low bench reps for an offensive tackle.

Trent Williams – 6’4 – 315 – Oklahoma

Bench Reps: 23 – 40 Time: 4.88

Lost the hype of Bruce Campbell running a 4.85 forty was Trent Williams running a 4.88 forty time at 315 lbs. Ranked as the 4th best tackle prospect by DraftCountdown.com, but is listed as the 3rd best by NFLDraftScout.com and Mike Mayock. Nasty instinct and a very powerful punch give Williams a boost, but some consider him a touch on the short side to play tackle and some has questioned his work ethic. Williams could definitely be available for the Falcons.

Bruce Campbell – 6’6 – 314 – Maryland

Bench Reps: 34 – 40 Time: 4.85

Campbell likely helped himself out as much as any other prospect at the NFL Scouting Combine with his extremely impressive high bench rep and running faster than many tight ends with such a huge frame. Could be available for the Falcons, but likely assured himself of being drafted in the first round after his combine performance. Some warned that he could be a potential bust with his superb combine performance inflating expectations some.

Vladimir Ducasse – 6’4 – 332 – UMass

Bench Reps: 29 – 40 Time: 5.27

Most believe that Campbell is the last legitimate 1st round prospect among the offensive tackles, but that doesn’t mean that some teams may reach to fill a need. Ducasse has a huge frame and decent footwork for a big man. Reportedly possesses a great work ethic, but some question his level of competition. Likely a first round reach. Not listed in Mike Mayock’s top 6 tackles.

Charles Brown – 6’5 – 303 – USC

Bench Reps: 21 – 40 Time: DNP

Mike Mayock has Brown tied as the 5th best tackle prospect in the draft, but few draft experts believe he will be selected in the first round. Converted from tight end and is still learning the tricks of the trade and will need to add weight to be an every down left tackle in the NFL, but potential is there. Slotted as a second or third rounder who will need to time to develop wherever he goes. Brown wouldn’t be a great fit in Atlanta due to his needed time to adjust.

The Falcons will probably go in a different direction than offensive line due to the 1st round tenders to Clabo and Dahl, but it shouldn’t be out of the question. A run on tackles may render the argument a moot point. Kansas City, Seattle, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Oakland are just a few teams that may go for an offensive tackle before the Falcons do.

Should the Falcons go offensive tackle with their #19 pick?

Will Clabo and Baker get another year to prove themselves in Atlanta?

 

Enjoy and Go Falcons!!!!!!…………

 

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CBrass

March 14th, 2010
9:27 pm

I haven’t even read it yet but my answer is No!! Spoon is the pick!!!

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 14th, 2010
9:32 pm

This could be option 3 or 4, but this is not the primary need, I believe.

D3

March 14th, 2010
9:35 pm

CBrass – I totally agree. Even though our OL had a pretty bad year overall last year, I still think they deserve a chance to bounce back. And even though many always tout the successes of Joe Thomas and Jake Long, there has been just as many tackles who haven’t made much of a difference at all: Chris Williams, Jason Smith, Andre Smith, Eugene Monroe to name just a few who have been drafted recently. Okung and Bulaga are probably the only sure bets and they’ll be long gone by our time to pick. My thinking is that TD will use this year as a final evaluation period, where if he feels Dahl and Clabo are worth it, than he’ll possibly re-up them during the year if they desire to stay in Atlanta. Weatherspoon would be the perfect fit, IMHO as well.

D3

March 14th, 2010
9:36 pm

Forgot to mention that Mularkey’s extremely predictable play-calling didn’t help the OL out much either.

CBrass

March 14th, 2010
9:41 pm

D3,

Just read it and great post and usual. I agree if TD didn’t think highly of either Dahl or Clabo he wouldn’t have tendered them so high. This OL is built for the run so we have to be patient and let the pass projection come to them. I love our OL men. They are nasty and play well together. Just give them time.

Sarah B

March 14th, 2010
9:43 pm

No – Spoon! Only!

Sarah B

March 14th, 2010
9:45 pm

Unless he is gone but let’s not hope not.

falcon21

March 14th, 2010
9:48 pm

Hell yes, we need to upgrade the line now. After last season it is easy to see that our OL is one of our weakest links on the team. Every says Ryan had a poor 2nd year. If you have no time to throw, you cannot improve. If we keep the O-Line we have we will be in the middle of the pack. Middle of the pack don’t win Super Bowls.

Coop

March 14th, 2010
9:51 pm

Thanks D3. As the only Cager NOT on the Spoon train, I’ll say draft OL if Bulaga, Williams, or Okung are available. First thought is a DT, the one of those OL, then Pouncey, then trade down, then Spoon.

falcon21

March 14th, 2010
9:51 pm

waynester

March 14th, 2010
9:53 pm

In rd 1 it’s all about value. A successful 1st rounder should be the elite talent at your position of need. Anything else is a monstrous gamble with the future of your whole organization, Sometimes huge risks bring great rewards–but not usually. You’d have to be absolutely certain that you’ve discovered that diamond that every other evaluator of talent has overlooked or devalued. There are plenty of GM’s who will do just that every year but I don’t think Dimitroff is among them. If top-notch OL talent falls in our laps I ‘d hope we would look at them closely as the game is won or lost right there on those lines. Can’t wait!

Sporkdevil

March 14th, 2010
9:54 pm

Several moons would have to align in order for us to draft a tackle.

One OT has to drop. Williams is the only one so far. Just note that the Pats never used high draft picks on offensive lineman. We did do it with Baker, but not sure about the less integral positions.
Higher rated players on our board have to be gone. If Spoon, Graham, Morgan, and maybe even Tate and Iupati are gone, then tackle would be acceptable.

Seems easier to get them into later rounds. Plus we have a few depth guys who have stepped into spot duty who have managed pretty well. I think our biggest problem on the line is Blalock.

D3

March 14th, 2010
10:05 pm

falcon21 – Good point, but who do we take at #19? If Bulaga or Okung were to fall it would be a no-brainer, but the others have question marks for sure. Williams might be the real deal, but who knows. It think there’s a pretty big drop-off from Okung and Bulaga to whoever’s next.

Coop – Almost every mock I’ve seen has Okung, Bulaga, Williams, and Davis gone in the top 15 picks. I had no idea that Blalock was one of our biggest concerns until actually looking at the stats, at least according to ProFootballFocus.

waynester – Well said. After the first two tackles, I think we could be getting into reach territory, at least for us in Atlanta. Other situations on several teams are a little more dire, IMHO. I say give this line one more year to prove itself.

Sporkdevil – Very, very true about the Patriots not using high picks on OL, and we see the run they’ve had. I’m thinking 4th or 5th round again this year, and if we have the same problems a year from now, it will be a lock that we go OL first.

Turning in for the night, so everyone have a good start to your work week (where in the hell do the weekends go?). Until then………………

38 DAYS, 20 HOURS, AND 25 MINUTES UNTIL 2010 NFL DRAFT!

BIG O

March 14th, 2010
10:12 pm

Is the importance of a first round pick being overrated when you consider the Falcon’s situation? There are many, many very good NFL players who were not 1st round picks. The Falcons need upgrades and/or quality second string people who can develop quickly into starters. They need this in the DL where the injury to one starter, as in 2009, will be a killer. They need it at LB, especially OLB. They need it for the OL, including a TE where Gonzalez is nearing the end of his career. Since 3 to 5 picks out of 10 typically won’t make the team and the Falcons have many needs, they need as many picks as possible. Using the draft pick numerical equivalence chart, the #19 pick is equivalent to #6 Seattle’s or #7 Cleveland’s 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th round picks. These are early round picks. If the Falcons with 3 compensatory picks now have 8 picks, swapping #19 with Seattle or Cleveland gives them 11 picks. Given the experts saying this is an unusually “deep in talent” upcoming draft; and, given the Falcons diverse needs, this approach makes sense.

falcon21

March 14th, 2010
10:24 pm

D3, if Bulaga or Okung does fall to us we should make the pick. I do like Spoon but we have bigger needs than olb. You have got to score points in this league and I don’t see Spoon helping this team where it needs it most.

Sarah B

March 14th, 2010
10:33 pm

F21 you must also stop the other team from scoring points….

Sarah B

March 14th, 2010
10:37 pm

3 teams working together. O D and ST form one team.

Big Ray

March 14th, 2010
10:38 pm

You also have to stop the other team from scoring points, and I don’t see how Bulaga, Okung, or Pouncey helps that….

Sarah B

March 14th, 2010
10:50 pm

Amen Big Ray!

falcon21

March 14th, 2010
10:52 pm

Gotcha Sarah but we were not a scoring machine ourselves last season. If you cannot protect the the QB, you will not win a whole lot of games. Spoon is a bad man but we need to lockup the O-Line. It’s all about winning and I don’t see Spoon as our biggest need at this point.

Sarah B

March 14th, 2010
10:55 pm

I agree F21 we do need to keep Ryan upright to score points but I think we can find that later. Besides Bulaga etc will be long gone, IMO. Just hope Tamppa does not score Suh.

Sarah B

March 14th, 2010
10:57 pm

Now I felt the same way when Houston let Bush in our division and look how that paned out.

falcon21

March 14th, 2010
11:04 pm

Hear ya again Sarah. Have a good night, I gotta run.

Ken Strickland

March 14th, 2010
11:17 pm

The heart and soul of this team for the last 2yrs has been its OL, and our success has been tied to its productivity. In 08 it did an outstanding job, and we prospered, but in 09 it faultered, due partly to injuries, and we faultered. Both TClabo and HDahl were UFA’s and have been in the league a while, so they aren’t likely to get much better.

Those of you who insist on taking a RB, specifically CJ Spiller, don’t seem to be able to grasp the proven fact that no RB is any better than the OL in front of him. Because of less than stellar OL play last yr, both MTurner and MRyan took a beating last yr, and that has to be addressed. NO DAMNED RB NAMED CJ SPILLER IS GOING TO REMEDY THAT PROBLEM, NO MATTER HOW MANY DILUSIONAL SCENERIOS YOU COME OF WITH.

With much improved interior DL play against the run and in the pass rush, we could possibly get by without an OLB at #19. TD and Smitty have said they were satisfied with our current DE’s, so that’s likely not a consideration at #19. They’ve also said on several occasions that they were more than satisfied with our current RB’s, and proved it by tendering them high offers, yet some of you still can’t seem to get that idea through your self serving heads.

For those who can’t admit they don’t know much about football, especially OFF football, allow me to give you an example of how important a quality OLineman can be. Seattle RB Shaun Alexander was the NFL’s #1 power RB at one time. However, Seattle allowed the Vikings to sign Allpro OG Steve Hutchinson, the NFL’s top rated OLineman, to a record FA contract for an OLineman.

After Hutchinson left, RB SAlexander took such a beating his career virtually came to an end shortly thereafter. After SHutchinson arrived in Minnesota, all of a sudden even a retread like RB Chester Taylor had his best season by far, and we all know how APeterson has benefitted from his presence. Upgrade the OL, provide more security for franchise QB MRyan, open more holes for RB’s MTurner, JNorwood and JSnelling, and you won’t have to worry about wasting a high draft pick of a RB as long as our OL is solid.

waynester

March 14th, 2010
11:19 pm

There’s a REAL BIG possibility that TB WILL end up with Suh and very few OLineman can handle him. The only guy who did it in college was Branden Carter from Tex Tech. Carter would be a good investment in the 4th/5th round for that reason alone….

Ed

March 14th, 2010
11:33 pm

Really good stuff D3…absolutely we need to upgrade our line. Ryan is our number one property & he needs elite protection. When you see the great QB’s produce they usually have a stud protecting them and an overall really good line. Baker is no stud and our line caused Matty to develop a case of heppy feet and was forced to throw away too many passes. If Okung, Bulaga, or Williams were to be available you need to make that move. As Coop pointed out a blog or so ago you develop from the closest to the QB out. Ryan needs the protection that allows him a chance to go downfield and having the time to operate is paramount. Unfortunately as D3 has so aptly pointed out Mularkey is a serious issue. He is the Falcon’s version of Willie Martinez and I don’t see much changing in his play calling.

Sarah B

March 14th, 2010
11:40 pm

Yeah and we moved up for Baker… so we should not not look deeper for OL? Saturday – Peytons main protector was undrafted FYI!!!

Sarah B

March 14th, 2010
11:44 pm

Good fast LB’s disapear quick, big white guys do not.

Sarah B

March 15th, 2010
12:23 am

Sorry didn’t mean to sound reverse racist.

Sarah B

March 15th, 2010
12:35 am

Truth hurts!

Sarah B

March 15th, 2010
12:35 am

Sarah B

March 15th, 2010
12:37 am

Give me me crap tomorrow…

Sarah B

March 15th, 2010
1:02 am

Where is everybody?

standing up every 2nd and 3rd down on defense in sec 340

March 15th, 2010
1:37 am

I say derrick Morgan slips. Take’em

Sarah B

March 15th, 2010
3:41 am

Derrick Morgan already signed with the Ravens.

The Real Falcon

March 15th, 2010
6:54 am

NO, again NO!

CBrass

March 15th, 2010
8:37 am

Both Sarah and Big Ray said it and I said it last week. It’s completely worthless to put up points if you can’t stop the opposing team from scoring. The only two OT I would take will be long gone by the time that we pick. Defense may not win championships any more but it certainly win games. If I’m not mistaken if you do not win games you will never play for a championship. Right? For those we say trade down and get Spoon what’s the difference in just taking him at 19? Someone clear that up for me. His stock has been on the raise since the Combine and his Pro day.

blord

March 15th, 2010
8:38 am

I wouldn’t have a problem with taking a Olineman if it was the right one and depending on what is left on the board. I doubt we take a DE in the first this year. From comments TD has made it appears he seems pleased with Sid and Beerman and wants to see what he has there. TD seems convinced that Jerry will help fix our pass rush problem. I guess it could be a smokescreen but so far that hasn’t really been TD’s style.
It seems like a lot of people on this board are yelling for D which I understand. I don’t understand however how many of these yelling D think that anyone suggesting an offensive player is an idot. We are already going to be adding two rookies to the defense this year in Jerry and Moore. It was also obvious last year that our offense needed a spark. Someone asked earlier how a offensive lineman stops the other team from scoring points? The answer is by keeping the other teams offense off the field. Which the teams who are able to beat the NOs and Colts of the world are able to do.
Truth is we are all idots when it comes down to it. Two years ago most wanted Dorsey and we got Ryan. Last year we wanted Matthews, Cushing, or Hood and we got Jerry who showed a lot of promies before his injury. So reguardless if TD goes Defense or Offense he has earned my trust to this point.

blord

March 15th, 2010
8:52 am

Sarah B: “Good fast LB’s disapear quick, big white guys do not.”
LOL. True

Mekias

March 15th, 2010
8:58 am

Okung, Bulaga, Davis, or Williams would be a steal at #19. I think we’d be stupid not to grab one of them if they fall. Our running game and pass protection weren’t good enough last year and that was mostly due to our O-line. Just because they did well against mostly lesser competition in 2008 doesn’t mean they’re really good. We saw last year that there were some serious flaws along that line. We got lucky that Clabo and Dahl are still restricted free agents this year but we’re very likely going to lose one of them in the next year or so. Clabo isn’t worth what he’s going to want in free agency and Reynolds is only Clabo-light at this point.

I really like Ducasse and feel that he will be a top tackle in this league in a few years but he’s still raw. If we were drafting about 10 spots lower, I might very well take him and let him be the backup for a year or two but at #19 that’s probably too big a risk.

SeminoleWarrior

March 15th, 2010
9:29 am

Good Morning Cage…

D3 just keeps churning out the hits. Another great topic and one that is sure to cause a lively debate. Coop, here is your chance to justify it.

The ladies of the Cage, the lovely and dymanic duo of Sarah and CBrass, have already stated my case. “Coach” K Strick has re-enforced it. The Falcons DO NOT need to look to the OL with the 19th pick.

IMHO, the major issue with the OL last season was health. In fact, the issues with the ENTIRE offense last season were two-fold. First, it was health issues AND secondly, it was the predicatable nature of offensive play calling from Mad Mike. Yet, the Falcons remained competitive in all games. Had we shown some element of intermediate pass defense, we would have been in the playoffs last season. Let me repeat that…if we had shown an element of intermediate pass defense, we would have been in the playoffs last season.

There is quality depth in this draft to supplement and develop players in the areas where our OL may be in need. At center, we can get an Eric Olsen or Ted Larsen later. At guard, we can find a John Jerry or Zane Beadles later. At tackle, there are the likes of a Rodger Saffold or Kyle Calloway. We can fill needs and continue the Process.

I have said it before…and I will say it again. There is relevance to the Process. It is working. Patience is the key. The Falcons are on the right path.

OL @ 19. No way. The Spoon Express is where the pick is heading. And if you did not know, now friends, you know.

SeminoleWarrior

March 15th, 2010
9:40 am

Mekias, you just made the point. Clabo and Dahl are tendered at the levels they are JUST for that reason. They will not get the big pay days that they THINK that they deserve for one year of work. They will have to swallow some pride, stay in ATL, and work hard to show that they are better than most aroudn the league think. TD knows this!!

They have the POTENTIAL to be very good but they are still developing. Recall they both have spent extensive time on practice squads. When healthy, they both have proven to be awesome in the run game. IMHO, Dahl fires up Clabo and brings out his best.

Point is that this OL, minus McCLure, is still quite young and is about to steady its ship. This third year with Coach Boudreau should show it. Health and conditioning will be critical BUT there is no way we can say that we know what that means. Draft for depth and ensure that we can fill needs when they arise. Otherwise, this ship is sailing well.

Two years ago, this bunch finished the season with the league’s second leading rushing attack. Our QB (a rookie) finished in the top half of the league in production. The ONLY difference between 2008 and 2009 was the injury issues on the OL. If Dahl is back healthy, if Baker can stay healthy, we will see improvements. I know…I know. a lot of ifs. But IFs are a part of the game…

This offense is more dynamic and more complete than given credit for.
Mad Mike needs to open up and a few people (Mike Jenkins, do you hear me) need to play with a little more sense of urgency.

SeminoleWarrior

March 15th, 2010
9:48 am

BLord, I respectfully udnerstand the outcries of some that are calling for OL in this draft. I can see where they would feel that it did in fact, underperform in 2009. But, IMHO, the defense under performed by an even greater measure. And while Mike Peterson was a great addition, it showed the critical need we have in our LB corps. The intermediate passing game killed us in too many games. Improve that stat line and we are in the playoffs..

I say again. Health and depth were the issues with the OL. We can and will address them both this offseason.

SeminoleWarrior

March 15th, 2010
9:59 am

CBrass, these are the questions that I woulds ask of those that are advocating a trade down.

1) With whom would you trade down?
2) What is the objective of the trade down…who would we target?
3) What would be be trading away as we move down?

For all those that want to “wait” on Weatherspoon, I would offer this as a counterpoint. Which offensive tackle brough more energy and showed more potential to be an impact on opening day THAN WOULD Spoon if he starts at WLB for the Falcons? All the guy does is make plays. All he does is show leadership and the ability to change a game.

SeminoleWarrior

March 15th, 2010
10:10 am

Flashback…

I stand pround in the fact that I was leading the charge for the Ziggy Express last year. I thought for sure that he would be the better choice. Honestly, I still do. I had my concerns (and still do) about Jerry and his injury issues. While Hood did not start at DT for the Steelers, he finished the year strong and showed promise.

Jerry started and flashed some upside before his injury. I hope that Jerry turns out to be a solid pick and that the health issues are behind him.

That said, DT was an issue last season for the Falcons. Depth at the position still is and it too can be addressed in this draft.

Injuries were the killer of the OL as well as the offense in general last season. Return to health and the addition of a quality #2 WR will go along ways to resolving the issues. Adequate depth in this draft will help to accomplish both of those things.

CBrass

March 15th, 2010
10:19 am

SW,

Great points/questions to consider. I’m just confused on why many say WAIT to get him and that 19 is to high to pick for him. I’ve also seen where many would classify this move as REACHING. For those who has stated that please make me understand why. Simply put he’s not going to be available after us. He’s the best 4-3 OLB available and that is a huge area of need for us. Many wondered why BVG didn’t dial up more LB blitzes or why our LB’s only had 5 sacks whey they were sent well look no further than M. Peterson. Spoon may not be the best blitzer but I’m sure BVG would have more confidence in sending him than Peterson. Spoon has produced on the field. He’s a high character guy who’s a natural born leader. Peterson has the latter but his production on the field is in a serious decline.

SeminoleWarrior

March 15th, 2010
10:28 am

CBrass, like a good prosecutor, we simply need to present the evidence. The evidence is there in volumes when it comes to Weatherspoon. He is the real deal in ALL areas that TD and Smitty value.

Given all that the man has shown and/or produced during his career, he is still considered a reach? Don’t sweat it my friend. The choice is clear from this fan’s standpoint. If we pass on him, we will regret it for a long, long time.

I love Curtis Lofton…He is a damned good one. TD knew what we had in him so he pulled the trigger. In TD, I see that he will do the same thing this year with Spoon. Relax, the Express is on course this year.

Coop

March 15th, 2010
10:30 am

SW – Here is my VERY imple defense:

Spoon nor ANY OLB in this drfat is worth the 19th pick. It’s that simple. He might weel turn out to be the best player available when we get to 19 (all the OL guys are taken, etc.), but he is a reach at 19. I realize that the Spoon-colored glasses prevent you from seeing that, but as Sarah said, the truth hurts.

If (and I get that this is a big if) Bulaga, Okung, or Williams is at 19, that is a simple decision to pick them OVER Spoon or any OLB.

Finally, I agree trading down seems easier than it is. If you could trade down and get Spoon at the end of the 1st or beginning of the 2nd, then I’d feel better about him. If we get him at 19, I won’t pull my hair out, but I’ll know we reached. We reached on Baker. He’s not a horrible LT, but we didn’t get the “VALUE” for that pick that we could have.

I will state again as I did before last year’s draft, this team’s single BIGGEST need is interior DL play. So to remind everyone, I’m not an advocate of OL at 19. Just OL versus Spoon at 19. Each one of these blogs seems to turn into blank versus Spoon. So as long as that continues, I’ll keep saying take blank. Cause Spoon aint worth the 19. For those who point to his stock rising, I say so what. Let other teams reach for him. Then someone better will fall to us.

So, here is your priority list contingent on the players that are available when we pick:

DT
OL
OC
DE
Trade down
Spoon

And now SW, if you didn’t know, you do. :)

what

March 15th, 2010
10:33 am

Gag me with a “SPOON”. This loud mouth will be nothing but a distraction. Guys like him turn out to be cancers like DHall T.O. and Ocho. He runs his mouth better than his play.

Coop

March 15th, 2010
10:33 am

CBrass – I agree he is the best OLB in the draft. OLB does not hold great value in the 1st round. Plus, just because he’s the best OLB available doesn’t mean he’s 19 worthy. The reason his stock is rising is because he’s the best at his position. That distorts his value compared to players at other positions. If I had to bet, Spoon will be gone before 19, because some idiot GM will take him. I like the kid and wouldn’t mind having him. He’s just not 19 worthy.